“Forgotten Hollywood”- Farewell to a Legend…

Posted on May 11, 2021 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

“`Norman Lloyd had a long career as an actor and director and his pals once included Jean Renoir, Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin, Gregory Peck, Ingrid Bergman, and Orson Welles. The man was a walking encyclopedia of Tinsel Town. With an erudite manner, He enchanted audiences with his Hollywood stories.


“`Lloyd’s mother took him to Broadway shows and it instilled a love of acting that he began pursuing as a boy in local shows. He was still a teenager when he dropped out of New York University to pursue entertainment full time. He made his stage debut in 1935.

“`Lloyd joined the Mercury Theatre in 1936. It was founded by Welles and John Houseman. He eventually went to work with Hitchcock, which led to his 1942 film debut in Saboteur, in which his title character perishes in a memorable scene —  falling from the Statue of Liberty. Lloyd also appeared in Spellbound with Peck and Limelight with Chaplin (a frequent tennis partner).

“`Hitch hired Lloyd as the director of  Alfred Hitchcock Presents despite the fact that the actor was blacklisted as a Communist. In the 1950s, he directed a five-part television series about Abraham Lincoln.  He gave Stanley Kubrick his first substantial work on this particular project.

“`Other cinematic credits include The Age of Innocence and Dead Poet’s Society. His last screen appearance was in 2015 in Trainwreck.  On television, a earned a new generation of viewers with his weekly role on St. Elsewhere. His character was diagnosed terminal cancer in the first episode, yet lasted the entire run of the series. He also guest-starred in Wiseguy, The Practice, Murder She Wrote, and Modern Family.

“`Lloyd appeared in the earliest surviving footage of television, a segment of The Streets of New York from 1939. It was his first screen credit. He did not give up tennis until suffering a fall at age one hundred and was still driving at ninety-nine.

“`One of the last links to Hollywood Golden Age, Norman Lloyd was 106.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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