Jeffrey Lyons has been a movie and theater critic for more than four decades. He’s reviewed more than 15,000 movies—more than anyone—900 Broadway shows, interviewed nearly 600 actors, actresses and directors and co-hosted three nationally-televised movie review shows: “Sneak Previews” on PBS for twelve seasons, “MSNBC’s At The Movies” for two, and “REEL TALK” (which he also created) on NBC/Universal syndication for five seasons. He was the NBC Film and Theater critic for 13 years (1996-2009) and frequently appeared on MSNBC and twice weekly on KNBC in Los Angeles, as well as all the other NBC stations.
He’s just written his fifth and co-authored his sixth book. “Stories My Father Told Me; Notes From The Lyons Den” is a compilation of the best anecdotes from his father’s iconic Broadway syndicated column. It’s filled with anecdotes on 90 larger-than-life people whose exploits frequently appeared in his father’s 12,479 columns from 1934-74. From Hemingway to Marilyn Monroe, Sinatra to Sofia, JFK to Irving Berlin, Cary Grant to LBJ, Winston Churchill and the Windsors to Milton Berle, it’s a collection of stories which bring that Golden Age of New York to life.
In addition, the book contains some of his interviews—all conducted on his set at NBC with Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, Antonio Banderas, Sir Michael Caine, Sir Ben Kingsley, George Carlin, Clint Eastwood, William Shatner, Cate Blanchett, Ralph Fiennes and others.
Besides movies, Jeffrey is a noted lecturer on baseball. With his brother Douglas, he’s co-authored three amazing baseball trivia books, “Out of Left Field,” “Curveballs and Screwballs,” and “Short Hops and Foul Tips” and a fourth one is coming. They’ve lectured on baseball at the Smithsonian Institute and several times at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY and at Fenway Park in Boston. He also wrote “101 Great Movies for Kids.”
Jeffrey studied acting with the great Lee Strasberg, (Marilyn Monroe’s and Paul Newman’s acting teacher at the Actors ‘ Studio), trained as a field goal kicker with the New York Giants, toured Spain seven summers with Antonio Ordoñez, Spain’s foremost matador of the late XX century-arranged by Ernest Hemingway; been a sports writer for the Jersey Journal, worked on the Metropolitan Desk of the New York Times and portrayed himself in two movies: “The French Connection” and “Deathtrap” and on the TV shows “Wiseguy” and the HBO series “Arli$$”.
He’s written for national sports publications, has a column in “The Hampton Sheet” magazine, and has 26-year career on radio on CBS, CBC Canada, The Mutual Network and currently the syndicated “LYONS DEN RADIO”. He’s been a guest broadcaster of Boston Red Sox radio in English and on the Red Sox Spanish radio network.
He is the father of Ben Lyons, the popular E! News and E! Entertainment channel film critic/globe-trotting interviewer, thus continuing into the third generation of Lyons journalists, spanning nearly 80 years!
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Syracuse Law School, he’s received two honorary degrees to date from Hofstra University and St. Mary’s college. He was recently a Visiting Scholar at East Carolina University, in Greenville, N.C.