Michael Lyons Profile
Actor, speaker, writer, entrepreneur, hospitality industry executive... Mike Lyons has led a very interesting and diverse life.
Mike's eclectic background began as a child while living in Paris, France. He appeared in commercials and the film "Paris When It Sizzles" with Tony Curtis, Audrey Hepburn and William Holden, and also did dubbing for French and English movies using his bi-lingual ability. Upon his return to the U.S. in the mid-Sixties, he performed in the theater in a variety of roles while also working on the stage crew of the Valley Forge Music Fair - a professional theater located outside Philadelphia, rubbing shoulders with entertainment legends such as Gordon MacRae, Carol Lawrence, and Chita Rivera.
After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, he went to work in the business world, bypassing the opportunity to pursue a vocation in the entertainment industry. Fifteen years later while working in New York City, he resurrected his dormant acting career and landed a national TV commercial for "Honey Bunches of Oats" cereal. From there he joined SAG (Screen Actors Guild) and began to book commercials, TV roles and other jobs on a regular basis including "All My Children" and an Advil commercial that ran on national television for 4 years. All the while, he kept his day job as a well-respected expert in the hospitality industry, ensuring that the mortgage was paid on a regular basis! Over the years, he has lived in Norwalk, CT, Philadelphia, Columbus, OH, and Minneapolis; and his travels have taken him to 31 foreign countries, 42 U.S. states and 76 of the top 100 U.S. cities.
As an actor, Mike has numerous credits in films, TV, commercials and more than 350 live appearances on home shopping network QVC as a product host. His credits include speaking parts in "The Sixth Sense", "All My Children, "Veep", "What Would You Do", "Arrest & Trial", and "Outsiders", among others. He will also be seen in the popular Netflix series "House of Cards" playing the Speaker of the House in Season 4, Episode 2 when it is released on March 4, 2016. Mike also performs as a singer, doing his own renditions of classic Frank Sinatra songs.
As a professional motivational speaker, he has given talks to numerous groups over the past few years on how to achieve goals, pursue your passion, and enhance your personal brand. He has authored a number of articles in both travel industry trade journals as well as consumer magazines, and is frequently sought out by the media as one of the experts in the meetings & events industry.
A resident of suburban Philadelphia, he has been married to his lovely wife Lorie for 41 years. They are the parents of Mike Jr. (Krista), Erin Oosthuizen (Simon) and Aimee, and proud grandparents of seven beautiful children: Ella, Caitlin, Jesse, Ansley, Joshua, Avery and Logan.