LOS ANGELES – Norman Lloyd had a special stage and screen career as Dr. Daniel Ashland’s character on TV’s “St. Elsewhere”, which co-starred him with Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin and others. He is 106 years old.
Lloyd’s son, Michael Lloyd, said his father died Tuesday at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles.
His credits extend from the early American television drama “On the Streets of New York” in 1939 to projects including “Modern Family” and “Training” in the 21st century.
“If there’s a voice in modern film history, it’s Norman Lloyd,” critic Kenneth Duron wrote in the Los Angeles Times in 2012, after Lloyd organized a Cannes Film Festival meeting with friends and colleagues including Charlie Chaplin and Jean Renoir.
The 5-foot-5 Lloyd, whose energy was on the infinite screen, continued to play tennis in his 90s. In 2015, he appeared in the Amy Schumer comedy “Trainrek”.
His most notable feature was the villain who tore down the Statue of Liberty in the 1942 Hitchcock-directed film “Sabotour”, which also starred Lloyd in the 1945 classic thriller “Spellbound”.
His other film credits include Jean Renoir’s “The Southern”, Charlie Chaplin’s “Limelight”, “The Dead Poets Society” with Robin Williams, “In Her Shoes” with Cameron Diaz and “Gangs of New York” with Daniel Day Louise.
On Broadway, Lloyd co-starred with Louis Calhorn’s King Lear in Fool in 1950, co-starred with Jessica Dandy in the comedy “Madame, Will You Walk” and directed Jerry Stiller in 1957 in “The Damning of the Shrew”.
Welles was also part of the production of the 1937 modern costume fascist-era “Julius Caesar”, which went down in history as one of the most important stage pieces on the American stage. Norman played the small but important role of Chinna the Poet, paired with Welles’ Brutus. Stage magazine put Welles on its June cover and declared the production “one of the most amazing dramatic events of our time.”
Born November 8, 1914 in Jersey City, New Jersey, Lloyd played a young man in the 1920s. On stage, he was a regular with Welles’s Mercury Theater, which featured the 1930s band Joseph Cotton and Agnes Moorhead and formed the basis of Welles’ classic film debut, “Citizen Kane”.
His other plays include “Crime” directed by Elijah Kazan and his fiance Becky Croven. The couple were married for 75 years until Peggy Lloyd died in 2011 at the age of 98.
Television audiences knew him well as the 1982-99 NBC drama series “St. Elsewhere” as the unforgettable quiet center of St. Elias’ Hospital. His Dr. Daniel Ashlander should have only appeared in a few episodes at first, but Lloyd became a regular on the series and stayed with the show for the entire run. The series will promote shows such as “ER” and “Grace Anatomy”.
Lloyd worked as a television actor and director in the early 1950s, but risked his life during the Hollywood blockade, which targeted political liberal communists or their sympathizers.
In 1957, Hitchcock came to his rescue, Lloyd told the Los Angeles Times in 2014. When the famed director tried to appoint Lloyd as co-producer in his “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” series, “there is a problem with Norman Lloyd,” Hitchcock did not back down, Lloyd recalled.
“He said three words:` I want him, ‘”Lloyd said. He was immediately hired and eventually worked as an executive producer on another series, “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.”
His other television credits include “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “The Paper Chase,” “Quincy ME,” “Kozak” and “The Practice.”
In 2014, the Los Angeles City Council announced that his birthday, November 8, would be honored as “Norman Lloyd’s Day” in recognition of his 82nd birthday and his 100th birthday.
Report from Kennedy New York. AP Entertainment writer Jonathan Lantrum Jr. contributed to the report.