Lyons was born in Manhattan, one of the four sons of Sylvia and Leonard Lyons. His godfather was the playwright Sidney Kingsley and his godmother was the actress Madge Evans.¬†Lyons was the film critic for WPIX from 1970 to 1991, and a co-host of the movie review show Sneak Previews from 1982 to 1996. He appeared on MSNBC’s “AT THE MOVIES” with his son Ben from 2004-6. On American AM radio, he hosted a show, “The Lyons Den”, on WCBS (AM) from 1975 to 1993. The title “The Lyons Den” is taken from the New York Post column that his father wrote for 40 years. He joined WNBC in 1996 as the station’s film and theatre critic. His last report on WNBC was on June 26, 2009. He reported during Live at Five and NewsChannel 4 newscasts. Lyons created and co-hosted the NBC syndicated movie review TV show Lyons & Bailes Reel Talk from 2005-09. He currently hosts a syndicated radio program called “LYONS DEN RADIO” and appeares on several national TV shows talking movies. In addition to his work as a critic, he has appeared as himself in The French Connection, Deathtrap, and the TV series Wiseguy.