One of the greatest Hollywood stars of all time, Norman Lloyd, passed away at the age of 106. With one of the longest and most impressive careers in Tinseltown history, Lloyd certainly leaves behind a legacy that will be remembered forever…
One Of The Greats
Iconic actor, producer, and director Norman Lloyd passed away on May 11, 2021, in his home in Los Angeles. His good friend, fellow producer Dean Hargrove, confirmed the news, saying “his third act was really the best time of his life.” With over a century in the film and television business, Lloyd has one of the most impressive careers in Tinseltown history. Following his star in the mid-’30s, Lloyd did it all. As an actor, he starred in over 60 movies and television shows, working with some of the biggest names of all time. Early in his career, Lloyd worked with Orson Welles on his radio show. Then, in the ’40s he starred in one of Alfred Hitchcock’s biggest hits, Saboteur, while in the ’50s he worked alongside the one and only Charlie Chaplin in Limelight.
After taking a break from acting in the ’60s and ’70s to focus on directing, he returned in the ’80s, garnering new fans as Dr. Daniel Auschlander, one of the lead roles on the beloved medical drama St. Elsewhere. His last appearance came in the 2015 comedy Trainwreck, by which point he had already turned 100-years-old. How incredible!
Of course, in the aftermath of his loss, many of Hollywood’s current stars came out to remember the iconic actor…
Remembering Norman Lloyd
Hollywood remains in awe of Lloyd’s career. After all, few achieve a decade of success, let alone almost a century of continual work! Of course, roles in the likes of Saboteur, Dead Poet’s Society, and The Age of Innocence left lasting impressions on millions around the world. “What a career. From Welles to Apatow. #RIP Norman Lloyd,” tweeted actor Ben Stiller, reacting to Lloyd’s death.
Likewise, Lloyd’s friend and the daughter of film critic Leonard Maltin, Jessie Maltin, brought attention to his incredible roles. “He played tennis with Charlie Chaplin, became Hitchcock’s right hand, and worked with everyone from Orson Welles to Amy Schumer,” she wrote. “Time spent with him was nothing short of glorious. Calling Norman Lloyd a friend was truly an honor—we love you sir. RIP.”
However, it was another of Lloyd’s friends, news anchor and sportscaster Keith Olbermann, who seemed to sum up Lloyd’s incredible legacy best. “My dear friend Norman Lloyd has died,” Olbermann wrote. “He would quote things Chaplin, Hitchcock, and Judd Apatow said to him – in the same sentence. He saw a his first World Series game in 1928 (“Babe Ruth tore his pants! We roared!”) and his last in 2017. He was intent on 107.”
Rest in peace, Norman Lloyd; fan films everywhere will remember you forever!