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.
Early life and theatre work:
Lloyd was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. His family was Jewish. 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 Welles - John 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.
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.
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. 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!" 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. 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.
A Walk in the Sun
A Letter for Evie
The Green Years
Arch of Triumph
Scene of the Crime
The Flame and the Arrow
He Ran All the Way
Dr. Steven Lipscomb
The Nude Bomb
Dead Poets Society
The Age of Innocence
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle
Wossamotta U. President
In Her Shoes
Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV series,
Columbo: Lady in Waiting (1971),
The Paper Chase (1985),
The Scarecrow (play) (1972 televised version),
St. Elsewhere as Dr. Daniel Auschlander (1982-1988); TV series - 124 episodes,
Wiseguy TV series,
Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Chase" as Professor Galen (1993),
Murder, She Wrote TV series,
Seven Days as Dr. Isaac Mentnor (1998-2000) TV series - 36 episodes,
Fail Safe (2000) televised play,
The Practice TV series,
Who is Norman Lloyd? (documentary, 2007),
Modern Family (2010, Donald, "Manny Get Your Gun")