Documentaries & Film

Following are a small sampling of Documentaries and Films that Mr. Stetson has appeared in as actor, voice talent, historian and portrayer of John Muir.

MacGillivray Freeman IMAX Film Trailer for America Wild*: U.S. National Parks — The Most Important Camping Trip in U.S. History

MacGillivray Freeman IMAX Film America Wild* will take moviegoers back in time to watch the camping trip that led to the rapid development of the National Parks.

To bring this history to life, MacGillivray Freeman Films turned to actors Joe Wiegand and Lee Stetson. Wiegand is well known for his work as  President Theodore Roosevelt, while Stetson has portrayed the character of John Muir in Yosemite National Park for more than 30 years, and was featured in the acclaimed Ken Burns series, The  National Parks: America’s Best Idea.

Scheduled for release in theaters around the world, in 2016.

*American Wild is the working title for this production

Ken Burn’s The National Parks: America’s Best Idea

This 12-hour, six-part documentary, directed by Ken Burns and co-produced with writer Dayton Duncan, traces the evolution of national parks – a uniquely American idea – from  the mid-1800s to the present day. It explores the biographies of the remarkable people who helped create the parks and save them from destruction.  It’s narrated by actor Peter Coyote and features first-person historical accounts, read by actors including Tom Hanks, Andy Garcia, Eli Wallach, Sam Waterston, John Lithgow,  Adam Arkin, and Lee Stetson as both Muir scholar and as the voice of John Muir.


Lee Stetson – Keeping the Spirit of John Muir Alive

Lee Stetson is well known for his portrayal  of Americas foremost naturalist and conservationist, John Muir. Lee Stetson’s plays include several one-person shows based on the life of the naturalist John Muir, including one based on both Muir and President Theodore Roosevelt. These productions, with Lee Stetson in the title role, have been presented in Yosemite National Park since 1983 to more to hundreds of thousands of visitors.  Additionally, Lee Stetsons John Muir shows have toured throughout the country to universities, parks, museums, wilderness and environmental organizations from Washington D.C. to Hawaii, from Scotland to Japan.