Saturday, October 16, 2021

American actor and director Norman Lloyd dies at the age of 106

Variety and Deadline Hollywood reported on Tuesday that American actor, producer and director Norman Lloyd has passed away at the age of 106.

Lloyd’s artistic history dates back more than 80 years and included collaborations with legends such as Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles.

Variety said Lloyd’s friend and co-producer Dean Hargrove confirmed the death, saying Lloyd had died on Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. Deadline Hollywood added that Lloyd died in his sleep.

Reuters was not able to independently confirm the news.

FILE – Norman Lloyd, executive producer of Hollywood Theater, a series of high-class dramatic shows seen on affiliated stations on the Public Broadcasting Service, poses for a photo on Dec. 26, 1974, in Los Angeles. Lloyd, the distinguished stage and screen actor known for his role as a kindly doctor on TV’s “St. Elsewhere,” has died at 106. Manager Marion Rosenberg said the actor died Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at his home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/George Brich, File)

For a long time, Lloyd played the cancer-diagnosed physician Oslander in the 1980s television drama “St. Elswer”, which was set in a hospital.

His last appearance as an actor was in the 2015 comedy “Train Rick” starring Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow.

“He (Lloyd) was glowing in the working group every moment he was,” Apatow wrote in Vanity Fair at the time.

Lloyd’s films also included the movie (Age of Innocence), “Age of Innocence,” directed by Martin Scorsese in 1993, and he played a schoolmaster against Robin Williams in the (Dead Poets Society) film, “Dead Poets Society” in 1989.

Lloyd, who had the name Norman Perlmutter when he was born, was born on November 8, 1914, in Jersey City, New Jersey, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York.

His mother accompanied him to watch Broadway plays, to start his passion for acting, which was strengthened in him by his participation in local performances as a boy. Lloyd was still a teenager when he left New York University to fully participate in the entertainment business.

He appeared for the first time on Broadway in 1935, and the following year he participated in the play “Crime” directed by Elia Kazan and also included Peggy Craven, whom he later married.

In the 1950s, Lloyd directed a five-part TV series entitled “Mr. Lincoln” about US President Abraham Lincoln – a project in which he gave young Stanley Kubrick the opportunity to appear in his first major cinematic work.

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