Norman Lloyd

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Norman Lloyd
Norman Lloyd 2007.jpg
Norman Lloyd, 2007
BornNorman Nathan Lloyd
(1914-11-08) November 8, 1914 (age 99)
Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
Years active1932–present
Spouse(s)Peggy Craven (1936–2011; her death)
 
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Norman Lloyd
Norman Lloyd 2007.jpg
Norman Lloyd, 2007
BornNorman Nathan Lloyd
(1914-11-08) November 8, 1914 (age 99)
Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
Years active1932–present
Spouse(s)Peggy Craven (1936–2011; her death)

Norman Nathan Lloyd (born November 8, 1914) is an American actor, producer, and director with a career in entertainment spanning roughly eight decades. Lloyd has appeared in over sixty films and television shows. In the 1980s, he gained a new generation of fans for playing Dr. Daniel Auschlander, one of the starring roles on the groundbreaking medical drama St. Elsewhere.[1]

Early life and theatre work[edit]

Lloyd was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. His family was Jewish.[2] He attended high school and college in New York City and began his acting career in theater first at Eva Le Gallienne's Civic Repertory Theatre in New York, then joining the original company of the Orson WellesJohn Houseman Mercury Theatre. Lloyd had a significant role with the first Mercury Theatre production as Cinna the poet, in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (1937). The 1938 Broadway role in Everywhere I Roam, as Johnny Appleseed, was selected as one of the ten best Broadway performances of the year. Lloyd was also a featured radio actor, including as part of Orson Welles' Mercury Theater and later in Norman Corwin's The Undecided Molecule.

Lloyd met his wife, actress Peggy Craven, while they were co-starring in Elia Kazan's play Crime.[3]

Film acting[edit]

Lloyd came to Hollywood to play a Nazi spy in Alfred Hitchcock's Saboteur (1942), starting a long friendship and professional association with Hitchcock. After a few more villainous film roles, Lloyd also worked behind the camera as an assistant on Lewis Milestone's Arch of Triumph (1948). A friend of John Garfield, Lloyd appeared with him in He Ran All the Way, Garfield's last film before the Hollywood blacklist ended his film career.

Post-war career[edit]

Lloyd in Buccaneer's Girl trailer, 1950

A marginal victim of the blacklist, Lloyd was rescued professionally by Hitchcock, who had previously used the actor in Saboteur and Spellbound (1945). Hitchcock hired Lloyd as an associate producer and a director on his television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents in 1958. Previously, Lloyd was the director of the syndicated television series The Adventures of Kit Carson starring Bill Williams. Lloyd also directed the sponsored film A Word to the Wives (1955) with Marsha Hunt and Darren McGavin.

He continued directing and producing episodic television throughout the 1960s and 1970s. He took an unusual role in the Night Gallery episode "A Feast of Blood" as the bearer of a cursed brooch, which he inflicts upon a hapless woman (Sondra Locke) who had spurned his romantic advances. In the 1980s, Lloyd played Dr. Auschlander in the television drama St. Elsewhere over its six-season run (1982–1988). Originally scheduled for only four episodes, Lloyd became a regular for the remainder of the series.[4] In addition to Ed Flanders and William Daniels, St. Elsewhere included a roster of relative unknowns, including Ed Begley, Jr., Denzel Washington, Stephen Furst, Eric Laneuville, David Morse and Howie Mandel. Mandel, who played rowdy and unorthodox ER resident Dr. Wayne Fiscus, recalled that Lloyd "was very inspirational between scenes, always cheering up everybody, and always smiles when Norman Lloyd passed through!"[5] From 1998-2001 he played Dr. Isaac Mentnor in the UPN science fiction drama Seven Days. His numerous television guest-star appearances include The Joseph Cotten Show, Murder, She Wrote, The Twilight Zone, Wiseguy, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Wings, The Practice and Civil Wars.

He has played in various radio plays for Peggy Webber's California Artists Radio Theater and Yuri Rasovsky's Hollywood Theater of the Ear. His most recent film role was in In Her Shoes (2005). He is the subject of the documentary Who Is Norman Lloyd?, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on September 1, 2007. In 2010, aged 95, he guest-starred in an episode of ABC's Modern Family.[6] On December 5, 2010 he starred in a one-man show at the Colony Theatre, in Burbank, California, where he spoke of his career and answered questions from the audience, detailing his illustrious and singular path.

His wife of 75 years, Peggy, died on August 30, 2011, at the age of 98; the couple had two children, one of whom is the actress Josie Lloyd.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Cinema[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1942SaboteurFrank Fry
1945The SouthernerFinlay
The UnseenJasper Goodwin
SpellboundMr. Garmes
A Walk in the SunPvt. Archimbeau
1946A Letter for EvieDeWitt Pynchon
Young WidowSammy Jackson
The Green YearsAdam Leckie
1948Arch of Triumph
1949Scene of the CrimeSleeper
1950The Flame and the ArrowApollo
1951MSutro
He Ran All the WayAl Molin
1952LimelightBodalink
1977Audrey RoseDr. Steven Lipscomb
1978FMCarl Billings
1980The Nude BombCarruthers
1989Amityville 4Father Manfredtelevision film
Dead Poets SocietyMr. Nolan
1993The Age of InnocenceMr. Letterblair
2000The Adventures of Rocky and BullwinkleWossamotta U. President
2005In Her ShoesThe Professor

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