Lyman Ward (actor)

Lyman Ward (born June 21, 1941) is a Canadian actor.

Lyman Ward
Born (1941-06-21) June 21, 1941
Years active1971—2013
Cindy Pickett
(m. 1986; div. 1992)

Life and career

Ward was born and raised in Saint John, New Brunswick and graduated from St. Malachy's Memorial High School in the class of 1959, and then in 1963 from St. Thomas University which was located at the time in Miramichi, New Brunswick before relocating to Fredericton in 1964.

He appeared on the first episode of Laverne & Shirley as Tad Schotz, but is most noted for playing Ferris Bueller's father in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986). In 1990, Ward was cast as Jim Walsh in the pilot of the show Beverly Hills, 90210. Producers later recast the role and his scenes were cut and reshot with James Eckhouse. In 2001, he made a cameo appearance in the movie Not Another Teen Movie as Mr. Wyler, spoofing his role in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Ward also played a minor role in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987) as John, one of the marketers.

Ward met Cindy Pickett on the set of Ferris Bueller, where they played the parents of the teenage protagonist in the 1986 film. They married in real life, had two children together, then divorced shortly after playing the parents of the teenage protagonist in the 1992 film Sleepwalkers, citing irreconcilable differences.

Ward published a novel titled Fortune's Tide[1] in 2016, a historical fiction based in his home town of Saint John, New Brunswick.

He continues to act in both films and television.

TV and Filmography


  1. "Fortunes Tide". Facebook.

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