Lyman Ward

If the fates had aligned differently, Lyman Ward would have played two iconic pop culture patriarchs. As it stands now, the lanky character actor is best known to moviegoers as the clueless father in the beloved teen ... Read more »
Born: 06/21/1941 in Saint John, New Brunswick, CA

Filmography

Actor (53)

Farah Goes Bang 2012 (Movie)

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Rumor Has It... 2005 (Movie)

Charity Dinner Guest (Actor)

JAG 1993 - 1995, 2000 - 2001, 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Resurrection Blvd. 2000 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

First Monday 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1992 - 1995, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Not Another Teen Movie 2001 (Movie)

Mr. Wyler (Actor)

The Practice 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Independence Day 1996 (Movie)

Secret Service Guy (Actor)

Ruby Ridge: An American Tragedy 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Faculty 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Melrose Place 1993 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Models Inc. 1993 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pig Sty 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Secret Agent Club 1995 (Movie)

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Dave's World 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Force 1994 (Movie)

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The Beverly Hillbillies 1993 (Movie)

Chief Gallo (Actor)

Brother's Keeper 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Guilty as Charged 1992 (Movie)

Mark Stanford (Actor)

Mikey 1992 (Movie)

Mr Jenkins (Actor)

Stephen King's Sleepwalkers 1992 (Movie)

Mr Robertson (Actor)

The Taking of Beverly Hills 1991 (Movie)

Chief Healy (Actor)

Just Tipsy, Honey 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Milk and Honey 1989 (Movie)

Adam Bernardi (Actor)

Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall 1989 (Movie)

Dick Tratten (Actor)

Riding the Edge 1989 (Movie)

Dr Harman (Actor)

Drive, She Said 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Perfect Victims 1987 (Movie)

Steve Hack (Actor)

Planes, Trains and Automobiles 1987 (Movie)

John Dole (Actor)

Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1986 (Movie)

Tom Bueller (Actor)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Creature 1985 (Movie)

David Perkins (Actor)

Love Letters 1984 (Movie)

Morgan Crawford (Actor)

Moscow on the Hudson 1984 (Movie)

Agent Williams (Actor)

Protocol 1984 (Movie)

Senator Kenworthy (Actor)

W*A*L*T*E*R 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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A Girl's Life 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Now We're Cookin' 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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The Phoenix 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Whose Life Is It Anyway? 1981 (Movie)

Emergency Room Doctor (Actor)

Coffy 1972 (Movie)

Orderly (Actor)

A Stranger to Love (TV Show)

Actor

Hart to Hart (TV Show)

Actor

Having Babies (TV Show)

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In the Frame (TV Show)

Actor

Stranger on My Land (TV Show)

Actor

Sweet Poison (TV Show)

Actor

Tagget (TV Show)

Actor

The Wrong Woman (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

If the fates had aligned differently, Lyman Ward would have played two iconic pop culture patriarchs. As it stands now, the lanky character actor is best known to moviegoers as the clueless father in the beloved teen romp "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," written and directed by John Hughes. Four years later, Ward was cast as Jim Walsh, Brandon and Brenda's doting dad, on one of the 1990s' defining TV shows, "Beverly Hills, 90210." Ward filmed the pilot episode, but his scenes were later re-shot with series fixture James Eckhouse. Despite the snub, Ward has enjoyed a distinguished acting career, appearing in dozens of movies and television shows since 1971. This includes working on at least two more John Hughes-related projects: the classic 1987 holiday drama "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" and the sitcom "Weird Science," which was inspired by Hughes's 1985 sci-fi comedy. Hughes also played a pivotal role in the actor's personal life. While filming "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," Ward met Cindy Pickett, the actress playing his onscreen wife. The couple married in 1986, but divorced in 1992.

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