Lyman Ward

Lyman Ward

Lyman Ward

Lyman Ward was born and raised in Saint John 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 before relocating to Fredericton in 1964.

He appeared on the very 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 instead.

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 Ferris Bueller set, where they played the parents of the teenaged protagonist in the 1986 film. They married in real life, had two children together, then divorced shortly after playing the parents of the teenaged protagonist in the 1992 film “Sleepwalkers”, citing irreconcilable differences. 

Fortune's Tide by Lyman Ward

Ward published a novel titled “Fortune’s Tide” in 2016, a historical fiction based in his home town of Saint John. 

Lyman Ward
Lyman Ward

He continues to act in both films and television. 

TV and Filmography

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  1. Lyman Ward was also a teacher at Vocational School in Saint John N.B ! He also knew and was friends with my father

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