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Norman Lloyd Dies at 106: The Actor Who Almost Was "Citizen Kane"

Few actors have had the privilege of saying that they have worked under such obvious and historical geniuses of the industry. Norman Lloyd has passed away at the age of 106 with a prolific career spanning 68 titles, including several television series and serving as a producer in his last stage. If one observes his filmography, one can see the evolution of the cinema itself and of the dominant directors of each moment. He worked with Anthony Mann, Charles Chaplin, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Peter Weir and Martin Scorsese, in a career that began in the 1940s and ended in 2015, with a small role in Judd Apatow’s comedy And Suddenly You. The veteran actor died on May 10 while he was sleeping at his home in Los Angeles. Among his most outstanding virtues, Loyd possessed a deep and commanding voice that gave him a privileged place in Orson Welles’s theater group, Mercury. Due to his advanced age, he was the last great living member of the famous company, and also participated in its first productions at the end of the 30s. Despite his praiseworthy career, Norman Lloyd could have been much better known to the public if he had not had Citizen Kane project dropped due to budget problems. How different his career would have been if he had been Charles Foster Kane in terms of media coverage. However, the change of project did not mean any drama for his career, since he went from being in that Orson Welles production to working with Hitchcock in Sabotage, where he played a villain who fell from the Statue of Liberty itself.His TV career Norman Lloyd participated in the Alfred Hitchcock story project presents, but ended his career declining towards television at age 59 on the NBC Hospital medical series (St.Elsewhere in its original title), where he played Dr. Daniel Auschlander, a doctor at a Boston hospital treating his own cancer. In Hospital, he shared a cast with a young Denzel Washington, obtaining some repercussion on the small screen for six seasons, obtaining the series the recognition of 13 Emmy awards. During the 70s he produced Audacity is the game and telefilms such as Steambath. He also appeared on an episode of the recent Modern Family. Norman Lloyd leaves us being, as his friend Karl Malden said, “business history” and therefore film history.

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