Jeffrey Lyons

  • Preeminent Film and Theatre Critic
  • Bestselling Author
  • Baseball and Movie Trivia Expert

Three-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 at the Movies) and the NBC stations (Reel Talk). 

 
  

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A Red Carpet Evening to Remember

Imagine growing up in a home where dinner parties included the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Sir Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Marc Chagall, John Steinbek, Salvador Dalí, Joe DiMaggio, and many more. Such was the life of Jeffrey Lyons, whose father, Leonard Lyons wrote the iconic “The Ly ...

Imagine growing up in a home where dinner parties included the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Sir Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Marc Chagall, John Steinbek, Salvador Dalí, Joe DiMaggio, and many more. Such was the life of Jeffrey Lyons, whose father, Leonard Lyons wrote the iconic “The Lyons Den” column in the New York Post between 1934 and 1974. For four decades, he provided readers with dazzling stories of glamorous evenings with the stars six days a week. Jeffrey Lyons brings those stories to life in addition to his own stories interviewing some of today’s most admired celebrities such as Clint Eastwood, Dame Judi Dench, James Earl Jones, Sir Ben Kingsley, Dame Helen Mirren, Robin Williams, Sir Anthony Hopkins and many more. Jeffrey Lyons is also a nationally-known movie critic, and has reviewed 15,000 films; more than any other critic in the business. This special evening with Jeffrey Lyons will be a Red Carpet event to remember, as he shares anecdotes and film clips with the audience that will make them feel as if they mingled with the stars! (**Extra Bonus: Jeffrey shares a 4min video of home movies of his family mingling with the stars.)

Out of Left Field

When it comes to timeless and engaging baseball trivia, Jeffrey Lyons’ knowledge is unparalleled as he has meticulously researched these factoids through the annals of America’s pastime, and published them in three baseball trivia books he co-wrote with his brother, as well as having co- ...

When it comes to timeless and engaging baseball trivia, Jeffrey Lyons’ knowledge is unparalleled as he has meticulously researched these factoids through the annals of America’s pastime, and published them in three baseball trivia books he co-wrote with his brother, as well as having co-written a book with former Yankee Jim Leyritz entitled, Catching Heat. Jeffrey has been called upon for his unique, engaging and entertaining baseball knowledge four times by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, and he has also spoken on this topic at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.

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Biography

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, 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 stories about 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. 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. 

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.