Norman Lloyd, ‘Saboteur’ and ‘Dead Poets Society’ Actor, Dead at 106

by Jon D. B.
(Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for TCM)

After a remarkable life, actor, director, and producer Norman Lloyd has died at age 106. He will forever be remembered as Dr. Daniel Auschlander on NBC’s St. Elsewhere, alongside leading Alfred Hitchcock‘s Saboteur as Fry.

Variety reports Tuesday, May 11 that a friend of Norman Lloyd’s, Dean Hargrove, confirmed the icon’s death.

“His third act was really the best time of his life,” Hargrove says in light of Lloyd’s passing. The friend also recounts Lloyd often saying “his secret to his long and mostly illness-free life” was “avoiding disagreeable people.”

Lloyd’s longtime wife, Peggy Craven Lloyd, died in 2011 at age 98. Norman was married to the acclaimed Broadway actress for a remarkable 75 years.

Norman Lloyd’s own incredible career received a jump-start via Alfred Hitchcock. The director chose Lloyd to play his lead for 1942’s Saboteur. Lloyd’s heights would come later in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, however. Then, he became a household face as St. Elswhere‘s wisest of physicians, Dr. Auschlander. He would play the role for the majority of the 80s.

This was but a stretch of Lloyd’s remarkable career that spanned eight decades in both Hollywood and theatre. Lloyd was additionally a member of the Orson Welles-John Houseman Mercury Theater alongside fellow legend Vincent Price.

Remembering Norman Lloyd

Norman Lloyd was born November 8, 1914, in Jersey City, New Jersey. Later, he would attend and graduate from NYU. His autobiography, Stages, was published in 1993 and recounted an astounding life even up to that point – nearly three decades before his death.

Modern audiences will best remember Lloyd for his guest appearances on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Wings, and The Practice. In addition, he was a regular on Seven Days, as well as appearing in a 2010 episode of Modern Family, Variety cites.

So storied was his life, even, that a documentary – Who Is Norman Lloyd – was put to film by Matthew Sussman in 2007. It premiered to wide acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival. A few years later, Lloyd would produce and star in his own one-man show at Burbank’s Colony Theatre in 2010.

Afterward, Norman Lloyd never slowed down. He remained a remarkable, steadfast performer right until his last years of life. Many student films, film conventions, panels, and the like were fortunate enough to benefit from his presence.

Norman Lloyd (d. 2021) and his wife, Peggy Craven (d. 2011) are survived by their two children. Our sincerest condolences to family, friends, and fans during this loss. Yet what a remarkable life, indeed. Rest well, Norman.