LOS ANGELES – Norman Lloyd, whose role as kind Dr. Daniel Auschlander on the television “St. Elsewhere” was a single chapter in a prominent scene and screen career that placed him in the company of Orson Welles and other greats, is dead.
Lloyd’s son, Michael Lloyd, said his father died Tuesday at his home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles.
His credits range from the earliest known American television drama, 1939’s “On the Streets of New York” to 21st Century projects, including “Modern Family” and “The Practice.”
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The wireless 5-foot-5 Lloyd, whose energy was also limitless off-screen, continued to play tennis in the 90s. In 2015, he appeared in Amy Schumer’s comedy “Trainwreck.”
His most notable film part was as the villain who was overthrown by the Statue of Liberty in “Saboteur” in 1942, directed by Hitchcock, who also cast Lloyd in the classic thriller from 1945’s “Spellbound”.
His other film credits include Jean Renoir’s “The Southerner”, Charlie Chaplin’s “Limelight”, “Dead Poets Society” with Robin Williams, “In Her Shoes” with Cameron Diaz and “Gangs of New York” with Daniel Day-Lewis.
On Broadway, Lloyd Fool starred opposite Louis Calhner’s King Lear in 1950, starred alongside Jessica Tandy in the comedy “Madam, Will You Walk” and directed Jerry Stiller in “The Taming of the Shrew” in 1957.
He was also part of Welles’ modern fascist era production of “Julius Caesar” from 1937, which has gone down in history as one of the landmark stage plays in American theater. Norman played the small but key role, the Poet Cinna, opposite Welles’ Brutus. Stage magazine put Welles on the cover in June, proclaiming the production as “one of the most exciting dramatic events of our time.”
Born November 8, 1914 in Jersey City, New Jersey, Lloyd emerged as a young man in the 1920s. On stage, he was a regular with Welles ‘Mercury Theater, the groundbreaking 1930s troupe that also featured Joseph Cotton and Agnes Moorehead and formed the basis of Welles’ classic film debut, “Citizen Kane.”
His other pieces included “Crime,” directed by Elia Kazan and with his future wife, Peggy Craven. The couple were married for 75 years until Peggy Lloyds died in 2011 at the age of 98.
TV viewers knew him best as the memorable quiet center of St. Eligius Hospital in the NBC drama series “St. Elsewhere.” Hans Dr. Daniel Auschlander was originally only supposed to appear in a few episodes, but Lloyd became a series regular and stayed with the show throughout the race. The series would inspire such shows as “ER” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Lloyd worked steadily as a television actor and director in the early 1950s, but the political liberal found his career in jeopardy during the blacklisting period in Hollywood aimed at communists or their sympathizers.
In 1957, Hitchcock came to the rescue, Lloyd told the Los Angeles Times in 2014. When the famous director sought to hire Lloyd as an associate producer in his series “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” but was told “There’s a problem with Norman Lloyd,” Hitchcock did not retire, 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 roles in “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “The Paper Chase,” “Quincy ME,” “Kojak” and “The Practice.”
In 2014, in recognition of his 82 years in show business and at the age of 100, the Los Angeles City Council proclaimed that his birthday on November 8 would be honored as “Norman Lloyd Day.”