After graduating from NYU, New Jersey-born actor Norman Lloyd worked with Eva LeGalleine's company, then joined Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre. He also appeared in the WPA's progressive Living Newspaper show, and was cast in the Broadway musical Johnny Appleseed. In Hollywood in 1941, Lloyd began a long friendship and professional association with director Alfred Hitchcock. Lloyd's first film was Hitchcock's Saboteur (1942), in which he played the squirrelly Nazi spy Fry, who came to a spectacular end by plummeting from the Statue of Liberty. After a few more villainous film roles, Lloyd was given his first behind-the-scenes production job by director Lewis Milestone, working as an assistant on Milestone's Arch of Triumph (1948). A peripheral victim of the Hollywood blacklist, Lloyd was rescued professionally by Hitchcock, who utilized Lloyd as an actor, director and executive producer on Hitchcock's long-running TV series. Teamed with producer Joan Harrison, Hitchcock's "right arm," Lloyd co-produced a 1968 Broadway TV anthology, Journey to the Unknown. He continued directing episodic television throughout the 1970s and 1980s, and was the first-season producer of the syndicated weekly Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected. Still pursuing acting (though now as a "second career"), Norman Lloyd played the kindly Dr. Esterhaus on the 1980s TV drama St. Elsewhere.
Biography by Hal Erickson
- Made his Broadway debut as a replacement performer in Elia Kazan's play Crime in 1927, where he met his wife, Peggy Lloyd.
- Was part of the Mercury Theatre acting troupe.
- Played Cinna in Orson Welles' staging of Julius Caesar at the Mercury Theatre in 1937.
- His first TV appearance was in Alfred Hitchcock's Saboteur in 1942.
- Suffered as a result of the blacklist, and his career didn't recover until Hitchcock hired him as a director for Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
- His character on St. Elsewhere, Dr. Daniel Auschlander, was originally only supposed to appear in 4 episodes; Lloyd became a series regular and stayed with the show for the entire run.