The Amazing Norman Lloyd Turns 100

What a life! What an interview! Norman Lloyd‘s been going to Broadway shows since he paid 50 cents for a balcony seat to see Al Jolson in “Bombo” in 1921. During the Great Depression he worked with Elia Kazan in the Theater of Action, then joined Orson Welles’ Mercury Theater to act in the Boy Wonder’s legendary “Julius Caesar.” He made his screen debut falling from the Statue of Liberty in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Saboteur,” produced the world premiere of Bertolt Brecht’s “Galileo” starring Charles Laughton at the Coronet Theater in Los Angeles, acted in films for Jean Renoir and Charlie Chaplin (and was the latter’s tennis partner for years), selected the stories and hired the writers and directors for Hitchcock’s long-running televisions shows and later won a whole new generation of fans playing Dr. Daniel Auschlander on “St. Elsewhere” for six years in the 1980s. Since then he’s acted in films by Martin Scorsese and Peter Weir and, this past summer, played a role in Judd Apatow’s forthcoming “Trainwreck.”

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