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Jeffrey Lyons

Jeffrey Lyons

Host of Reel Talk, NBC Film & Theater Critic, Baseball Trivia Expert
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Program Descriptions

  • Highly entertaining Movie and/or Baseball Trivia programs
  • Joint lecture with Ben Lyons - Movie discussion and debate
  • How to Appear on TV Without Being Nervous
  • How to Review Movies
  • A quick Course in Acting Techniques
  • Office Politics in a TV News Room
  • Writing for Television
  • Pitfalls of English, Redundancies to Avoid and Language use (not "usage")
  • Shortcuts to Being Informed on any Subject a Reporter Might Encounter
  • Favorite All-Time Films
  • Videos

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    Five-time EMMY award-winner Jeffrey Lyons has reviewed some 15,000 movies on TV, radio and in print; more than any other critic in any medium; 900 Broadway and off-Broadway plays, interviewed nearly 500 actors, and written or co-authored six books. He's the only movie critic who's co-hosted three national movie review shows on PBS ("SNEAK PREVIEWS"), MSNBC (MSNBC's "AT THE MOVIES") and the NBC stations ("REEL TALK"), and received two honorary degrees so far from Hofstra University and St. Mary's College, as their commencement speaker.

    WNBC and NBC movie critic 1996-2009; WPIX-TV 1970-1991

    Studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute.

    Lectured on Baseball at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., and four times at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, in Cooperstown, N.Y. and on movies and film criticism in venues all over the country, and in his second language, Spanish, under the auspices for the State Dept. in Venezuela, Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile.

    Lectured on Bullfighting for the Young Presidents' Organization in Madrid, and traveled with famed matador Antonio Ordoñez, for seven summers touring Spain, first arranged by family friend Ernest Hemingway in 1961.

    Portrayed himself in "The French Connection, ""Deatrap" and on TV's "Wise Guy."

    First appeared on television on Edward R. Murrow's "Person to Person", when Murrow visited his family's home to interview his father, famed Broadway columnist Leonard Lyons, in December, 1955.

    Holds degrees in Journalism from the University of Pennsylvania, and a law degree from Syracuse Law School.

    Conducted his first professional interview with Debbie Reynolds for NBC Radio’s famous “Monitor”, 1969.

    Interviewed nearly every movie star of the past four decades.

    Began his journalism career working summers for the Jersey Journal writing sports, breaking the story of football legend Jim Brown's retirement from the NFL to star in movies.

    Worked for the New York Times, WINS radio, covering both national political conventions in the turbulent summer of 1968.

    Joined New York’s WPIX-TV in 1970, as Film and Theater Critic and conducted interviews for 21 years.

    Began national broadcasts on “The Independent Network News” via Tribune Broadcasting in 1980.

    Won national competition over 300 aspirants to become one of the two new co-hosts of “SNEAK PREVIEWS,” on PBS, 1982-96.

    Reviewed and conducted interviews for WCBS, and CBS stations 1974-92. Recently rejoined CBS reviewing movies via syndicated LYONS DEN RADIO. Heard on the CBS RADIO network hourly news doing obituaries.

    Critic for the Mutual Broadcasting System and CBC Radio Canada.

    Guest panelist on "The McLaughlin Group", political TV show and "Politically Incorrect" on Comedy Central.

    Wrote A&E biography of James Earl Jones, conducting a five-hour-interview with the revered Tony Award and honorary Academy Award actor.

    Joined WNBC in 1996-2009, the NBC flagship station Film and Theater Critic, appearing 5-6 six times a week on all newscasts. Conducted some e 450 interviews. and reviewed some 4,000 movies.

    Reviewed movies with his son Ben Lyons (now a correspondent on "EXTRA" and an ESPN-LA radio anchor) on “MSNBC’s "At The Movies” 2004.

    Created and co-hosted “REEL TALK,” on all 154 NBC stations for 2004-09 ears. It featured a major movie star every week in on-set interviews.

    Hosts the San Diego and Bahamas International Film Festivals.

    Won three New York Emmys for "The Lineup" with Spike Lee, etc. on MSG-TV

    Appeared on a panel with media moguls and Jane Pauley on the RLTV network and on "BOOKMARK" reviewing movie versions of classic books 2013.

    Was the subject of "360"on MSG featuring his long career playing fast-pitch softball in Central Park in the New York Showbusiness League.

    Spoke on a panel at the 92nd street Y about Jews in Baseball.

    Was "19 Across" clue in NYTimes' crossword puzzle, January 1, 2015.

    Co-hosts the movie club "Talking Movies" at the Directors' Guild Theater.

    Broadcast Boston Red Sox Spanish radio network for a game against the Yankees; he'd previously was heard during the American League Playoffs on the Spanish network in 2003-4 and again in 2007.

    Has written six books to date; the latest is Stories My Father Told Mea collection of anecdotes from his father Leonard Lyons’ iconic Broadway columns spanning 1934-74, culling stories from 12,470 columns, along with his own interviews. His book received rave reviews from the Wall Street Journal the New York Times, New York Post and the respected industry publication Kirkus Books. Famed CBS journalist Charles Osgood wrote the introduction, and Kirk Douglas provided a quoted endorsement, along with tribute quotes by Carl Sandburg, America’s greatest historian, and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who issued a proclamation on the 100th anniversary of Leonard Lyons' birth.

    At work on a sequel called "What A Time It Was!" due in 2015 again from Abbeville Press.

    Trained as a field goal kicker with the New York Football Giants, and sang in the Boys’ Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera for three seasons.

    Portrayed himself (“unconvincingly!’) in the “The French Connection”, “Deathtrap”, and on TV’s “Wiseguy.”

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