Unfortunately, the Emmy-nominated veteran actor, producer, and director Norman Lloyd’s cause of death at 106 in his sleep is confirmed as natural causes without any illness.
His producer friend Dean Hargrove confirmed Lloyd’s death news and said that Lloyd often said the secret of his long and mostly illness-free life was “avoiding disagreeable people.”
He was an actor whose career ranged from Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre, Alfred Hitchcock’s Saboteur, and playing with Charlie Chaplin in Limelight to St. Elsewhere, Dead Poets Society, and The Practice.
Dean Hargrove also said: “His third act was really the best time of his life.”
Alfred Hitchcock selected Lloyd to play the title character and villain in 1942’s “Saboteur.”
The hard-working multihyphenate gained his highest-profile in his late 60s and 70s when he looked like the wise physician Dr. Auschlander on NBC‘s prestige medical drama “St. Elsewhere” from 1982-1988.
Norman Lloyd started his eight-decade showbiz career in theater, appearing first with Eva Le Galienne’s Civic Repertory Theater, then joining the original company of the Orson Welles-John Houseman Mercury Theater.
In addition to Welles and Houseman, the Mercury players included Joseph Cotten, Vincent Price, and Agnes Moorehead.
Norman Lloyd Star Trek
Norman Lloyd Star Trek staged the first American production of Brecht’s “Galileo,” starring Charles Laughton in 1947 and other Broadway productions, including:
- “Madam, Will You Walk” in 1953-1954,
- “The Golden Apple” in 1957,
- and “The Taming of the Shrew” in 1957
Lloyd participated in an early experiment in the medium, appearing in NBC’s 1939 “The Streets of New York,” directed by Anthony Mann and featuring Jennifer Jones (then Phyllis Isley).
He regularly worked in television, starting with”The United States Steel Hour” in 1956 and “Kraft Theatre,” but he was best known for his role on NBC’s “St. Elsewhere” as Daniel Auschlander from 1982-1988.
Late in his career, he made guest appearances on TV shows “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “The Practice,” and “Wings.” He was regularly on the show “Seven Days” and appeared in an episode of ABC’s “Modern Family” in 2010.
Lloyd’s short but critical role as Cinna the Poet in 1937 won him critical acclaim.
The radio performer Welles created “Mercury Theater on the Air,” a series of hourlong dramas featuring his troupe in 1938. The star’s work with the Mercury Theater eased the way for further radio performances, including on Norman Corwin’s “The Undecided Molecule.”
When Welles merged the radio and theater components and moved the troupe to Hollywood in 1940, Lloyd joined them to act in “Heart of Darkness.” The project ended before filming started.
Reactions to Actor Norman Lloyd’s Death
Actor Norman Lloyd died on Tuesday, May 10, at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 106. He died of natural causes.
Following the tragic news, several fans, friends, and supporters reacted and stated their condolences on social media websites.
An online user tweeted: “R.I.P. Norman Lloyd, 106, star of stage, screen, radio, and TV. I first saw Lloyd in the 1980s as Dr. Daniel Auschlander on St. Elsewhere – imagine my surprise when my young teen self discovered he’d made a name for himself all the way back on Orson Welles’ Mercury Radio Theater.”
Norman Lloyd remained a busy performer to the end, appearing on film panels, in student films, at festivals, and his one-person show at the Colony Theatre in Burbank in 2010.
His autobiography, “Stages,” was published in 1993. Leonard Maltin interviewed the star before screening “The Lady Vanishes” at the 2013’s TCM Classic Film Festival.
His wife, Peggy Craven Lloyd, a Broadway actress to whom he was married for 75 years, died in 2011 at 98.
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