Norman Lloyd, the oldest living television star in Hollywood, just celebrated his 106th birthday
Who else can claim to have worked with both Hitchcock and LeBron James?
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When Norman Lloyd was born in 1914, silent film star Harold Lloyd was just seeing his career take off. The two aren't related, but it does put things into perspective. Norman Lloyd is old enough to remember seeing Charlie Chaplin films. In theaters.
Television fans probably know Lloyd best from his work on St. Elsewhere, the Eighties medical drama that made Denzel Washington and Howie Mandel household names. As Dr. Daniel Auschlander, Lloyd was one of the elder statesmen on the series. In his early 70s at the time, he was a mentor to castmembers like Helen Hunt and Mark Harmon.
Lloyd would later star in an arc of the undercover crime series Wiseguy, feature in a short-lived 1992 sitcom called Home Fires, and around the turn of the millennium, land a recurring role as doctor on the sci-fi show Seven Days.
But let's rewind. Decades. On MeTV, you are most likely to encounter Lloyd while watching Alfred Hitchcock. The New Jersey native appeared in several episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents — and directed even more episodes of Presents and the Alfred Hitchcock Hour.
He directed "Man from the South," one of the greatest hours in television history, the wicked tale penned by Roald Dahl starring Steve McQueen. No wonder — he was a close personal friend of Hitch, and served as a producer on Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
Lloyd made his film debut with the Master of Suspense, too, in the 1942 Hitchcock film Saboteur. His most recent film is Trainwreck, the 2015 Amy Schumer comedy directed by Judd Apatow. He was 100 years old at the time. It's joyously mindboggling to consider that this man got his start on Vaudeville stages at the age of 9 and nearly a century later was in a movie with LeBron James and John Cena.
On November 8, 2020, Lloyd celebrated his 106th birthday. Here's to more!