After an illustrious career in beloved films and shows such as “Dead Poets Society” and “St. Elsewhere,” Norman Lloyd has died. He was 106.
A family friend confirmed his passing to Deadline. He reportedly died in his sleep at his Los Angeles home.
Born in New Jersey, Lloyd got his start acting in New York in the 1930s, the Wrap reported. One of his first big roles was Cinna the Poet in an acclaimed 1937 adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” when he was a charter member of Orson Welles and John Houseman’s Mercury Theatre. Lloyd was originally cast in Welles’ infamous “Citizen Kane,” Deadline reported, but quit the project due to budget problems.
That’s when he got his big break on the big screen, with none other than Alfred Hitchcock in 1942’s “Saboteur” and 1945’s “Spellbound.” Lloyd later worked with the acclaimed director again as associate producer on the series “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.”
“The network told Hitch, there’s a problem with Lloyd, and he simply said, ‘I want him.’ They all could have done that,” Lloyd told The Post in 2007. “But they were cowards. It was Hitch who freed me.”
The 1980s proved to be his claim to fame for many fans, who remember him as a series regular on NBC’s Emmy-winning “St. Elsewhere.”
“That series was like doing a very good Broadway show where you don’t have to do the same thing every night,” he told The Post of his role as Dr. Auschlander.
Lloyd also starred as the headmaster in 1989’s “Dead Poets Society” and Martin Scorsese’s “The Age of Innocence” (1993).
Most recently, Lloyd was 100 years old when he starred in the 2015 film “Trainwreck” alongside Amy Schumer. “I expressed lechery,” he told the Telegraph. “And my daughter, who’s 76, walked out of the picture. She wrote me a letter – ‘It’s not the kind of picture I thought I’d see you in, Dad!’ “