By Lauren Lipton

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Michael Lyons was born in Darby, Pa., lived in France as a kid, and is now vice president at The Hub Meeting and Event Centers in Philadelphia.

He’s been in the tourism and hospitality industry for years, but you might know him from what he’s done along the way.

“You see, I’ve got these really pounding headaches,” he says in an Advil commercial.  “For me, Advil just works better.”

(Michael Lyons played a priest in a controversial but wildly popular television commercial for Doritos chips. Photo provided)


He was also the friendly dad in the “Honey Bunches of Oats” television commercial.  He recalls his lines from that shooting:

“I said to my daughter, who was reaching for a box, ‘Honey, I’ll get that for you.’  We did take after take after take.  We ate the cereal, and then we had to spit it out because we were getting too full eating the cereal.”

And now he’s on a new HBO show.

“I was just on ‘Veep,’ starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus,” Lyons tells KYW Newsradio, and he had one line in M. Night Shyamalan movie, The Sixth Sense.

“Which was, ‘God help them,’ which was during the scene where they had come to gather for the little girl who had died.”

He was on “All My Children,” and also sold Holmes comfort appliances on QVC.  He says being live was fun, but not always easy.

“One time on QVC, the power went out.  The heater actually went off, and I had to continue acting like the heater was working, and I was putting my hand in front of the heater and saying, ‘Wow, that’s hot.’ ”

Lyons resurrected a childhood acting career when he realized his three kids would be in college at the same time, and he hoped to pay for it with these little side jobs.

And he did!

Hear Lauren Lipton’s full interview with Michael J. Lyons in this CBS Philly podcast…


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