The actor, who made his theater debut with the director of Citizen Kane, appeared in particular in The limelight, Dead Poets Society and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
A legend of the small and the big screen is dying out. The actor and director Norman Lloyd, appeared in more than 60 films directed in particular by Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese or Charlie Chaplin, died this Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles, American media report. He was 106 years old.
“The third act of his life was really the best time of his life,” his friend and producer Dean Hargrove told the news of his death. Become a living legend and one of the last living actors of the golden age of Hollywood, Norman Lloyd spent the last few years participating in retrospectives and events where he delighted the public with his anecdotes.
Born in 1914 in New Jersey, Norman Lloyd began his career in the 1930s in the theater. He quickly joined the Mercury Theater of Orson Welles, where he played under his direction Cinna the poet in his famous anti-fascist adaptation of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare.
When Welles launches into the cinema, the latter calls on Norman Lloyd for his project to adaptIn the heart of darkness by Joseph Conrad. The condom project and the two men will never work together again.
Director of the series “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”
Norman Lloyd bounces back thanks to Alfred Hitchcock, who contacts him personally to offer him the role of the villain in Fifth column (1942), an anti-fascist thriller in which a worker is wrongly accused of having burnt down the arms factory in which he worked. Norman Lloyd plays the true saboteur of the story, who is killed in a famous sequence by falling from the top of the Statue of Liberty.
The actor forges a lasting relationship with the master of British suspense. It is thus found in the credits of Doctor Edwardes House (1945), then from the series Alfred Hitchcock presents. He realises between 1958 and 1962 nineteen episodes of this cult program, including the famous The Southern Man, with Steve McQueen and Peter Lorre.
Very active as an actor in the fifties (The limelight by Charlie Chaplin, The southern man by Jean Renoir), before disappearing from the screens, Norman Lloyd achieved a resurgence of notoriety as he approached his seventies, in the 1980s, thanks to his outstanding role of Doctor Daniel Auschlander, whom he played for six years in the medical series St Elsewhere Hospital (1982-1988). We also remember his appearance in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1993.
He then multiplied appearances in several successful films, such as Dead Poets Society (1989), where he plays the principal of the school, and The Time of Innocence (1993) by Martin Scorsese. We finally got to see him recently in the comedy Crazy Amy (2015) by Judd Apatow.