LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Funeral services were pending Tuesday for Norman Lloyd, one of Hollywood’s most veteran performers, who died Monday at 106.
The veteran character actor, writer, producer and director turned down a role in Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane” only to make his film debut in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Saboteur,” but was best known for his work in NBC’s “St. Elsewhere.”READ MORE: Encino Home Of ‘Real Housewives’ Star Dorit Kemsley Robbed
The New Jersey native, born Nov. 8, 1914, in Jersey City, also performed on Broadway and on the radio.
Lloyd made his Broadway debut in the 1927 melodrama “Crime,” in which he met his future wife, Peggy Craven. They were married for 75 years until her death in 2011 at the age of 98.
Lloyd was part of Welles’ famed Mercury Theatre acting troupe, appearing in its 1937-38 Broadway production of Julius Caesar. He also performed on Welles’ CBS radio series “The Mercury Theatre on the Air.” Welles had originally cast Lloyd in “Citizen Kane,” but Lloyd left the project, leaving Hollywood and returning to New York.
He later broke onto the big screen in Hitchcock’s 1942 thriller “Saboteur,” portraying a Nazi spy.
Lloyd’s best-known television role was as Dr. Daniel Auschlander on the 1982-86 NBC medical drama “St. Elsewhere.” His most recent small screen appearance came in a 2010 episode of the ABC comedy “Modern Family.”READ MORE: Flight From New York's JFK To John Wayne Airport Diverts To Denver After Flight Attendant Attacked By Passenger
His work as a producer earned him two Emmy nominations for the 1968-71 NBC drama “The Name of the Game” and the 1973 Public Broadcasting Service production of “Steambath.”
His final film role came in 2015, appearing opposite comedian Amy Schumer in “Trainwreck.”
Lloyd became a sought-after guest at film festivals, most notably the TCM Classic Film Festival.
The network tweeted Tuesday, “We’re saddened to hear about the passing of legendary actor, director and producer Norman Lloyd. Over the years, he graciously spent time with us and fans sharing stories about his life and career. Thank you for your performances, the memories and the laughter.”
We're saddened to hear about the passing of legendary actor, director and producer Norman Lloyd. Over the years, he graciously spent time with us and fans sharing stories about his life and career.
Thank you for your performances, the memories and the laughter. pic.twitter.com/SB2cN5PuJ6
— TCM (@tcm) May 11, 2021
Lloyd was a longtime tennis player and avid baseball fan. He began playing tennis at age 8, and eventually played against such Hollywood luminaries as Charlie Chaplin and Spencer Tracy.MORE NEWS: Veteran Falls Victim To Phishing Scam, Loses $19,000 From Chase Bank Account Meant For Daughter's College Education
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