American actor, producer and director Norman Lloyd, whose career of more than 80 years included collaborations with legends such as Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles, has died at the age of 106.
Lloyd manager, Marion Rosenberg, said the actor died on Tuesday at his home in the Brentwood neighbourhood of Los Angeles.
Lloyd had a long run as cancer-stricken Dr Auschlander on the television hospital drama St Elsewhere in the 1980s.
His last movie appearance as an actor was in the 2015 raunchy comedy Trainwreck, starring Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow.
“(Lloyd) lit up the set every moment he was on it,” Apatow wrote in Vanity Fair at the time.
Lloyd’s movie work also included Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence in 1993 and playing the headmaster opposite Robin Williams in the 1989 film Dead Poets Society.
Lloyd was a walking history of entertainment. With his erudite manner, he loved to entertain audiences with stories of his tennis matches with Chaplin, his friendships with Gregory Peck and Alfred Hitchcock, working with French director Jean Renoir and actress Ingrid Bergman and giving Stanley Kubrick one of his first film jobs.
Lloyd went so far back that he appears in the earliest surviving footage of American 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 100 and was still driving at 99. Lloyd and wife Peggy had two children and were married for 75 years until her death in 2011 at age 98.
Lloyd was born Norman Perlmutter on November 8, 1914, in Jersey City, New Jersey, and grew up in the New York borough of Brooklyn.
His mother took him to Broadway plays and instilled a love of acting that he began pursuing as a boy in local shows. Lloyd dropped out of New York University to pursue entertainment full time.
He made his Broadway debut in 1935, and joined the Mercury Theatre, founded by Welles and John Houseman, in time for its 1937 debut, Caesar, an update of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.
Lloyd later went to work with Hitchcock, which led to his 1942 film debut in Saboteur, in which his Nazi spy, the title character, dies by falling from the Statue of Liberty’s upraised arm.
That role led to a long relationship with Hitchcock, including in Spellbound with Peck and working as executive producer and director of the television show Alfred Hitchcock Presents in the 1950s and ’60s.
Lloyd first got to know Chaplin on the tennis court in the 1940s and played a key role in his 1952 film Limelight.
After some fallow years, Lloyd’s career revived in the 1980s with St Elsewhere and recurring television roles in Wiseguy, Murder, She Wrote and The Practice. In 2010 he had a spot on the sitcom Modern Family.
Reuters with AP