Actor Norman Lloyd, who was best known for his lead role in Alfred Hitchcock’s film Saboteur and his appearance as Dr. Daniel Auschlander on NBC’s St. Elsewhere, has passed away at home in Los Angeles, aged 106.
Lloyd was born on November 8th, 1914, in Jersey City, New Jersey, and acting was always a part of his life from his teenage years when he started to get theatre work. Lloyd became closely associated with Orson Welles‘ Mercury Theater and regularly appeared there. His work with Welles included the 1937 production of Julius Caesar, which is a watermark moment in the history of American theatre. Lloyd gained his first TV credit in 1939 on NBC drama, On the Streets of New York.
His death was confirmed by friend and producer Dean Hargrove, who said: “His third act was really the best time of his life.” In recent years, Lloyd made appearances in programmes such as Modern Family and The Practice.
Lloyd’s appearance as the villain in Hitchcock’s Saboteur catapulted his career, and the director later cast him again in his 1945 film, Spellbound. His credits also include Jean Renoir’s The Southerner, Charlie Chaplin’s Limelight, Dead Poets Society, In Her Shoes, and Gangs of New York alongside Daniel Day-Lewis.
His final film role came in 2015, appearing in Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, and the acclaimed director has penned a poignant tribute on Instagram. “Norman Lloyd loved to tell stories and make people laugh,” Apatow recalled. “I was watching an interview with Ethan Hawke a few months ago and he was talking about being a kid shooting Dead Poets Society.
“He said one day Norman walked up to him and said ‘Pay attention. It isn’t usually like this. This is special’. He said that moment was a giant lesson for him. Every moment with Norman was special.
“He loved to tell this story about his wife Peggy. She was in bed and was very ill. She said to him, ‘Norman, how long have we been married?’ He replied, ‘Seventy years’. She said, ‘I think we’re going to make it’. I miss him already.”
Meanwhile, Ben Stiller tweeted: “What a career. From Welles to Apatow. #RIP Norman Lloyd.”