Legendary Hollywood actor Norman Lloyd passes away at 106 - fans and celebrities pay tributes!
Veteran actor, producer and director Norman Lloyd, best known worldwide among fans for his role in legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock's Saboteur, died on Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 106. Known also for playing Dr. Daniel Auschlander on NBC’s hit show St. Elsewhere, Lloyd, who was associated with the Orson Welles’ Mercury Theater was chosen by Hitchcock to play the title character and villain in Saboteur released in 1942. Lloyd's popularity soared in his late 60s and 70s when he was cast as the physician Dr. Auschlander on NBC’s hit medical drama St. Elsewhere from 1982-88.
Confirming his death, Lloyd's close friend, producer Dean Hargrove referred to the numerous Hollywood events the actor had taken part in over the decades and said, "His third act was really the best time of his life." He added that the secret to Lloyd's long life was "avoiding disagreeable people." Lloyd, who had been a part of the entertainment industry for eight decades, first appeared with Eva Le Galienne’s Civic Repertory Theater before making the switch to the Orson Welles-John Houseman Mercury Theater. Lloyd also went on to develop a friendship with iconic Hollywood actor Charlie Chaplin, who later cast him in the 1952 film, Limelight. Playing the role of a stern headmaster as Mr Nolain in Dead Poet's Society in 1989, he worked alongside another legend in the form Robin Williams and a young Ethan Hawke.
Tributes have been pouring in for Norman Lloyd, with Hollywood filmmaker Judd Apatow, who directed him in 2015's Trainwreck, saying he "loved to tell stories and make people laugh." He wrote, "Norman Lloyd loved to tell stories and make people laugh. I was watching an interview with Ethan Hawke a few months ago and he was talking about being a kid shooting Dead Poet's Society. He said one day Norman walked up to him and said pay attention. It isn't usually like this. This is special. He said that moment was a giant lesson for him." He further added, "Every moment with Norman was special. He loved to tell this story about his wife Peggy. She was in bed and was very ill. She said to him, 'Norman, how long have we been married?' He replied, 'seventy years'. She said, "I think we're going to make it." I miss him already."
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