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Norman Lloyd

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Actor and movie director that has appeared in more than 60 movies and Television shows throughout his profession, which lasted more than eight years. He released a book entitled Levels, Norman Lloyd on the onset of 1990. He was honored a Primetime Emmy Prize for Outstanding Play Series. He previously acting assignments in Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Deceased Poets Culture, and 2010’s Television series Modern Family members. He was wedded to Peggy Lloyd from 1936 to 2011. His parents had been Potential and Sedia Lloyd. He starred contrary Robin Williams in the 1989 film, Deceased Poets Society.

Quick Facts


Full Name Norman Lloyd
Date Of Birth November 8, 1914
Place Of Birth Jersey City, NJ
Profession TV Actor
Education New York University
Nationality American
Spouse Peggy Lloyd
Children Josie Lloyd
Parents Sedia Lloyd, Max Lloyd
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special - Drama Or Comedy
Movies Saboteur, Dead Poets Society, Spellbound, Limelight, Trainwreck, In Her Shoes, The Southerner, The Age of Innocence, A Walk in the Sun, The Flame and the Arrow, Audrey Rose, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, He Ran All the Way, The Nude Bomb, The Green Years, Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes, Kabuto, Buccaneer's Girl, Reign of Terror, A Letter for Evie, Scene of the Crime, Calamity Jane and Sam Bass, The Light Touch, FM, Jaws of Satan, Young Widow, The Unseen, Flame of Stamboul, Companions in Nightmare, Within These Walls, Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles, A Word to the Wives..., Fail Safe, The Scarecrow, M, The Black Book, Who Is Norman Lloyd?, What's a Nice Girl Like You...?, Awake and Sing!, Shadow of a Gunman, The Song of the Lark, Carola, Dark Secret of Harvest Home, Actor, The Smugglers
TV Shows Seven Days, St. Elsewhere, The Story of Film: An Odyssey, Home Fires
Star Sign Scorpio

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#Fact
1After Viola Kates Stimpson, Ellen Albertini Dow and Olaf Pooley, he was the fourth "Star Trek" cast member to reach the age of 100.
2With the death of Olaf Pooley on July 14, 2015, he is the oldest surviving "Star Trek" cast member. He played Professor Richard Galen in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Chase (1993). On November 8, 2016, he became the first "Star Trek" actor to celebrate his 102nd birthday.
3His ex-St. Elsewhere (1982), co-stars, Ed Begley Jr., Jennifer Savidge, Stephen Furst, David Morse and Howie Mandel, were amongst the people who attended his 100th birthday party. Also at the party, Savidge's husband Robert Fuller and James Best attended, as well.
4On his 100th birthday, the Los Angeles City Council declared it as Norman Lloyd Day. (8 November 2014).
5Had appeared in almost every episode of St. Elsewhere (1982), 2 episodes above Ed Flanders (who left the show in 1987, and made guest appearances in the sixth and final season).
6Attributes his longevity and good health to fitness from his lifelong love of tennis playing.
7Met Charlotte Rae in the Broadway play, 'Golden Apple.' Later, he was reunited on an episode with her on St. Elsewhere (1982).
8Met a young, struggling unfamiliar actor Ed Begley Jr., on an episode of Tales of the Unexpected (1979), before he co-starred on St. Elsewhere (1982), opposite Lloyd, as one of the young interns.
9Met a young, unfamiliar actress, Jennifer Savidge at the Hollywood Television Theater, before she co-starred on St. Elsewhere (1982), opposite Lloyd, as his nurse.
10Through his ex-St. Elsewhere (1982) co-star, Jennifer Savidge, who played one of his medical partners in the series, Lloyd is also very good friends with her husband Robert Fuller.
11When Lloyd was 11 years old, an avid baseball fan, he watched Babe Ruth in the 1926 World Series.
12Met James Best on an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955). They began a lifelong friendship, until Best's death in 2015.
13Lives in Brentwood, California.
14His daughter, Josie Lloyd, worked on Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) with him.
15Turned down directorial projects to star in St. Elsewhere (1982).
16Used to play tennis with Joseph Cotten.
17An avid Brooklyn Dodgers fan.
18Acting ran in his family.
19Has 2 grandchildren.
20Father of Josie Lloyd.
21At age 19, Lloyd was hired to work at the Harvard Dramatics Society, where he was cast in the play, 'Bride of the Unicorn.'.
22Began his show St. Elsewhere (1982) at age 67.
23Best friend of Harry Morgan and Ed Flanders.
24Acting mentor and friends of Ed Begley Jr., David Morse and Howie Mandel.
25Dr. Daniel Auschlander, his character on St. Elsewhere (1982) was originally from New York, as was Lloyd in real-life.
26Before Jean Renoir's death, he was too ill to direct the play "Carola," and so he asked Lloyd to take over as director.
27He was very angry at the way he was depicted as a character in Robert Kaprow's novel, "Me And Orson Welles", and also by the later movie version, in which he is played by Leo Bill.
28Partnered with John Houseman at the Coronet Theater in Los Angeles, California, where the play was first performed, but he did not put up the money to produce this play.
29Met Bernard Herrmann while working on a CBS radio broadcast around 1937, before they both had a falling out with each other and best friend Alfred Hitchcock.
30Became lifelong friends to Bruce Paltrow's and Blythe Danner's children, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jake Paltrow, since birth.
31Remains good friends with Howie Mandel and David Morse, during and after St. Elsewhere (1982).
32Would frequently visit Karl Malden's house until his death in 2009.
33Got the job as producer of Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) with the encouragement of his best friend Alfred Hitchcock.
34Moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1942, at the time, he was working at Universal Studios.
35When he went back to New York, he eventually got a job directing industrial films for $150 a week, this was before he came back to Los Angeles.
36Later dropped out of New York University, much to his father's dismay, and began going on auditions as a stage actor.
37Met his wife, actress Peggy Lloyd, while both were co-starring in the play, "Crime," by Elia Kazan.
38Met Blythe Danner while working on a TV movie Invitation to a March (1972).
39After Lewis Friedman left PBS, after producing The Scarecrow (1972), Lloyd took over Friedman's duties as the executive producer of the network.
40Worked on a pilot with George Peppard that did not sell.
41Worked on St. Elsewhere (1982), while producing Tales of the Unexpected (1979), at the same time.
42His wife Peggy Lloyd died exactly two months after her 75th wedding anniversary with him in 2011. In fact, she died just 16 days after her 98th birthday.
43Is the oldest cast member of St. Elsewhere (1982).
44Had 2 sisters, Lloyd is the only son.
45Despite not attending Harvard University, he was hired from their dramatic society to perform the play "The Bride and the Unicorn.".
46Attended New York University.
47At age 12, he studied with the foremost dance team in America.
48Attended the same high school as basketball player Jules Bender.
49Was earning $23.87 a week in the theater, back in 1936, before marrying Peggy Lloyd.
50Met Alfred Hitchcock through partner John Houseman, who suggested Lloyd's name to Hitchcock. The friendship lasted for nearly 40 years until Hitchcock's death on April 29, 1980.
51As a young man, he was apprenticing for his profession under Eva Le Gallienne, she made the suggestion that he take elocution lessons to take all the rough edges off his Brooklyn accent.
52Worked with Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and Mel Ferrer at the La Jolla Playhouse, as a director, before becoming a successful actor. He made an appearance there.
53His idol when he was very young was Charles Chaplin. He would later be friends with him for 30 years until Chaplin's death on Christmas Day, 1977.
54Is also good friends with Orson Welles, Blythe Danner and John Houseman (who used to be partners with him at a theater).
55Between fellow actor William Daniels, Edward Asner, Angela Lansbury, Dick Van Dyke, Betty White, Mickey Rooney, Ernest Borgnine, Christopher Lee, Marla Gibbs, Adam West, William Shatner, Larry Hagman, Florence Henderson, Shirley Jones and Alan Alda, Lloyd is (by far) the oldest actor in Hollywood, who's living over 80 without ever either retiring from acting or having stopped getting work.
56Through mutual friend, Blythe Danner, he was invited to her husband's, Bruce Paltrow's cocktail party one day, and asked him to play one of the lead roles as Dr. Daniel Auschlander in St. Elsewhere (1982). Despite Lloyd's busy schedule, he accepted the role.
57His character of Dr. Daniel Auschlander on St. Elsewhere (1982) was supposed to stay on for 4 episodes, but with the connection of the show, along with some response from the audience, Lloyd stayed on for additional six seasons, which in turn was the show's ending.
58His hobbies include: golfing, dining, tennis, punching ball, playing chess, traveling, dancing and watching movies.
59Before he was a successful actor he used to be a dancer.
60When he was 8, he wanted to be an actor.
61During the depression, his father Max lost his store and job, which affected Lloyd's family economically.
62Was raised nearby the same area as Jonathan Harris.
63After his birth, his entire family moved to Manhattan before Brooklyn, where Norman had been raised.
64Before he was a successful actor, producer and director, he used to be a child performer of the silent era.
65He is the son of Sadie (Horowitz), a housewife and singer, and Max Perlmutter, who worked as a manager in a furniture store. His parents were both born in New York, and all of his grandparents were Jewish immigrants (from Hungary and Russia).
66Both his mother and Norman himself would go to shows, to look at comics in order to steal the material.
67Friends with: Angela Lansbury, Charlotte Rae, Bruce Paltrow, Blythe Danner, Harry Morgan, James Best, Robert Fuller, George Lindsey, Yvonne De Carlo, Betty White, Bob Cummings, Karl Malden, Elia Kazan, Ed Flanders, Edward Asner, William Daniels, Jack Dodson, Peggy Lloyd, John Garfield, Bill Dana, Esther Williams, Arlene Dahl, John Addison, Ronald Neame, Jane Wyatt, Julie Adams, Piper Laurie, Marsha Hunt, Tom Drake, Wallace Ford, Christopher Lee, Charles Chaplin, Vincent Price, Alfred Hitchcock, Mickey Rooney and Frank Price.
68Did not appear in his first movie until he was 27.
69Graduated from Boys High School in Brooklyn, New York, in 1929, at age 14, with higher grades.
70In his eight decade career, he has worked with some of the youngest players in Hollywood.
71Bears a slight resemblance to his late best friend Alfred Hitchcock.
72Made his Broadway debut in the play "Noah.".
73Best known by the public for his starring role as Chief of Emergency Services - Dr. Daniel Auschlander on St. Elsewhere (1982).
74His 75-year marriage to Peggy Lloyd was one of the longest marriages - if not the longest - in Hollywood history.
75Interviewed in Tom Weaver's book "I Was a Monster Movie Maker" (McFarland & Co., 2001).
76Did the voice-over for a Ben Gay commercial seen on national TV. The spot was rather sardonic, unlike any Ben Gay spot before or since, and Lloyd did a marvelous job, his voice and reading appropriately dry as a martini.
77Was a close friend of Christopher Lee.


Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tales of the Unexpected1982-1985TV Series producer - 12 episodes
Actor1978TV Movie executive producer / producer
And the Soul Shall Dance1978TV Movie executive producer
Six Characters in Search of an Author1976TV Movie executive producer
Philemon1976TV Movie producer
The Fatal Weakness1976TV Movie producer
The Last of Mrs. Lincoln1976TV Movie executive producer
The Hemingway Play1976TV Movie producer
The Ashes of Mrs. Reasoner1976TV Movie producer
Knuckle1975TV Movie producer
Ladies of the Corridor1975TV Movie executive producer
Requiem for a Nun1975TV Movie executive producer
For the Use of the Hall1975TV Movie executive producer
The Lady's Not for Burning1974TV Movie executive producer
The Chinese Prime Minister1974TV Movie executive producer
The Sty of the Blind Pig1974TV Movie executive producer
Double Solitaire1974TV Movie executive producer
Gondola1974TV Movie executive producer
Me1973TV Movie executive producer
The Carpenters1973TV Movie executive producer
Incident at Vichy1973TV Movie executive producer
The Man of Destiny1973TV Movie producer
Steambath1973TV Movie executive producer
Carola1973TV Movie executive producer
The Shadow of a Gunman1972TV Movie producer
Another Part of the Forest1972TV Movie executive producer
Invitation to a March1972TV Movie producer
Awake and Sing1972TV Movie producer
The Bravos1972TV Movie producer
What's a Nice Girl Like You...?1971TV Movie producer
Young Marrieds at Play1971TV Movie producer
The Name of the Game1969-1970TV Series producer - 3 episodes
Journey to the Unknown1968-1969TV Series executive producer - 12 episodes
The Smugglers1968TV Movie producer
Companions in Nightmare1968TV Movie producer
The Alfred Hitchcock HourTV Series executive producer - 44 episodes, 1963 - 1965 producer - 19 episodes, 1962 - 1964
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1957-1962TV Series associate producer - 184 episodes
Startime1960TV Series associate producer - 1 episode

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Trainwreck2015Norman
A Place for Heroes2014Older Robert
Modern Family2010TV SeriesDonald
In Her Shoes2005The Professor
Photosynthesis2005ShortKenneth
The Practice1997-2003TV SeriesD.A. Asher Silverman
The Song of the Lark2001TV MovieMadison Bowers
Seven Days1998-2001TV SeriesDr. Isaac Mentnor
The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle2000Wossamotta U. President
Fail Safe2000TV MovieDefense Secretary Swenson
The Song of the Lark1997ShortMadison Bowers
Wings1996TV SeriesLyle Bartlett
The Omen1995TV MovieAaron
Murder, She Wrote1986-1993TV SeriesEdward St. Cloud / Philip Arkham / Lloyd Marcus
The Age of Innocence1993Mr. Letterblair
Star Trek: The Next Generation1993TV SeriesProfessor Galen
Home Fires1992TV SeriesDr. Marcus
Civil Wars1992TV SeriesGordon Wimsatt
Journey of Honor1991Father Vasco
Wiseguy1989TV SeriesGeneral Leland Masters
Dead Poets Society1989Mr. Nolan
Amityville: The Evil Escapes1989TV MovieFather Manfred
St. Elsewhere1982-1988TV SeriesDr. Daniel Auschlander
The Twilight Zone1986TV SeriesMerlin (segment "The Last Defender of Camelot")
The Paper Chase1985TV SeriesProfessor
Quincy M.E.1982TV SeriesCornelius Sumner
Jaws of Satan1981The Monsignore
The Nude Bomb1980Carruthers
Beggarman, Thief1979TV MovieRoland Fielding
FM1978Carl Billings
The Dark Secret of Harvest Home1978TV Mini-SeriesAmys Penrose
Audrey Rose1977Dr. Steven Lipscomb
Kojak1975TV SeriesHarry Fein
Gondola1974TV MovieLewis
O'Hara, U.S. Treasury1972TV Series
Night Gallery1972TV SeriesHenry Mallory (segment "A Feast of Blood")
The Scarecrow1972TV MovieDickon
The Most Deadly Game1970TV SeriesNorman
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1957-1961TV SeriesLeo Thorby / The Little Man / Narrator / ...
New Comedy Showcase1960TV Series
One Step Beyond1959TV SeriesHarold Stern
General Electric Theater1957TV SeriesJohnny
The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial1957TV SeriesDuke of Buckingham
Kraft Theatre1956TV SeriesAndrew J. Fogarty
The United States Steel Hour1956TV SeriesFrancis Oberon
Limelight1952Bodalink
The Light Touch1951Anton
He Ran All the Way1951Al Molin
Flame of Stamboul1951Louie Baracca
M1951Sutro
The Flame and the Arrow1950Apollo - the Troubador
Buccaneer's Girl1950Patout
Reign of Terror1949Tallien
Scene of the Crime1949Sleeper
Calamity Jane and Sam Bass1949Jim Murphy aka Gordon
No Minor Vices1948Dr. Sturdivant
The Beginning or the End1947Dr. Troyanski
The Green Years1946Adam Leckie
Young Widow1946Sammy Jackson
A Letter for Evie1946DeWitt Pynchon
A Walk in the Sun1945Pvt. Archimbeau
Spellbound1945Mr. Garmes
The Southerner1945Finlay
Within These Walls1945Peter Moran
The Unseen1945Jasper Goodwin
Saboteur1942Fry
The Forgotten Man1941ShortBilly Timmins - daughter's husband (uncredited)
The Streets of New York1939TV Movie

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tales of the Unexpected1983-1984TV Series 2 episodes
Insight1983TV Series 1 episode
Actor1978TV Movie
Philemon1976TV Movie
The Fatal Weakness1976TV Movie
Knuckle1975TV Movie
Nourish the Beast1974TV Movie
The Carpenters1973TV Movie
Carola1973TV Movie
Awake and Sing1972TV Movie
Columbo1971TV Series 1 episode
The Smugglers1968TV Movie
Companions in Nightmare1968TV Movie
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour1962-1964TV Series 3 episodes
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1958-1962TV Series 19 episodes
Alcoa Premiere1962TV Series 1 episode
A Word to the Wives...1955Short
The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse1954TV Series 1 episode
Omnibus1952-1953TV Series 5 episodes
Gruen Guild Theater1952TV Series 3 episodes
Chevron Theatre1952TV Series 8 episodes
The Adventures of Kit Carson1951TV Series

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
SuspicionTV Series assistant to the producer - 6 episodes, 1957 - 1958 assistant to producer - 1 episode, 1957
The Red Pony1949assistant to producer
Arch of Triumph1948production assistant - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Night at the Movies: The Suspenseful World of Thrillers2009TV Movie documentary special thanks
The Tramp and the Dictator2002Documentary grateful thanks
Saboteur: A Closer Look2000Video documentary short special thanks
Family Portraits1995TV Mini-Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age2017Documentary post-productionHimself
Untitled Stanislavsky Documentary2017Documentary filmingHimself
Marsha Hunt's Sweet Adversity2015DocumentaryHimself
Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles2014DocumentaryHimself
Un jour, une histoire2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Pioneers of Television2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Story of Film: An Odyssey2011TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Interviewee
Embracing Chaos: Making the African Queen2010Video documentaryHimself
A Night at the Movies: The Suspenseful World of Thrillers2009TV Movie documentaryHimself - Interviewee
Legenden2009TV Series documentaryHimself - Producer
Shootout2008TV SeriesHimself
Who Is Norman Lloyd?2007DocumentaryHimself
Dead Poets: A Look Back2006Video documentary shortHimself
UFO Files2005TV Series documentary
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: A Look Back2005Video shortHimself
Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin2003DocumentaryHimself - Chaplin Friend / Actor
The John Garfield Story2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Chaplin Today: Monsieur Verdoux2003TV Short documentaryHimself
Saboteur: A Closer Look2000Video documentary shortHimself
E! Mysteries & Scandals2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Hitchcock: Shadow of a Genius1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
Reputations1999TV Series documentaryHimself - Actor and Executive Producer
Renoir à Hollywood1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
American Masters1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Biography1997TV Series documentaryHimself
Corwin1996TV MovieHimself
American Experience1996TV Series documentaryHimself
Family Portraits1995TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Actor-Producer
Jean Renoir: Part One - From La Belle Époque to World War II1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
Jean Renoir: Part Two - Hollywood and Beyond1993TV Movie documentary
NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration1986TV Special documentaryHimself
Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour1984TV SeriesHimself
The 9th Annual People's Choice Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favourite New Television Dramatic Program
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Alfred Hitchcock1979TV Special documentaryHimself
The New Deal for Artists1976TV Movie documentaryHimself
Une légende une vie: Citizen Welles1974TV Movie documentaryHimself
Telescope1964TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pioneers of Television2014TV Mini-Series documentaryMr. Nolan

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1985Venice TV Prize - Special MentionVenice Film FestivalAlfred Hitchcock Presents (1955)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1974Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Special - Comedy or DramaSteambath (1973)
1970Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Dramatic SeriesThe Name of the Game (1968)· Richard Irving (executive producer)
· George Eckstein (producer)
· Dean Hargrove (producer)
· Boris Sagal (producer)


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1[who said in 2014 about his long-running marriage to Peggy Lloyd, who had died three years previously] A couple of days before she died, she asked how long we had been married. I told her 75 years and she said 'It should last.' I thought that was charming.
2[on the topics St. Elsewhere (1982) had to tackle] The show dealt with subjects never discussed before on television. To my knowledge, it was the first time that AIDS was featured. It also examined issues such as the expense of dialysis for patients, and other topics included religious themes. The writing was brilliant with a superb cast including Ed Flanders - I don't think there was a finer actor in America - and Denzel Washington who went on to have great success.
3[on the pilot of St. Elsewhere (1982) without Ed Flanders playing Dr. Donald Westphall]: The pilot was stopped in mid air. Bruce [Paltrow] was unhappy with the way it was going and he was unhappy with some of the casting. For one thing, Auschlander had originally come from Vienna and had a Viennese accent. We had to drop that. He was also unhappy with the photography which was too pretty -- too romantic ... The cameraman was very good, but it didn't have the roughness Bruce wanted. ... Joseph [sic] was a very good actor, but the quality was not what Bruce wanted, so he got Ed Flanders who, in my view, there was no finer actor in America.
4[on the death of Ed Flanders, who played Dr. Donald Westphall]: What a way to be remembered if you're an actor of his quality!
5And they need a million and a half dollars to get it out because it's in hock to the Shah's family. So there again, Orson ended up with misfortune.
6[2004] I'd been on the Federal Theatre in The Living Newspaper and I played prominent roles in the first three Living Newspapers. So when Orson and John Houseman left the Federal Theatre to form the Mercury, they asked me to go with them because of my work on The Living Newspaper.
7[1996] ...And he met the right people. He was one of the right people. And he did have charm; you couldn't take that away from him. During those times, he was not the English club member he was when he was an angry; he was himself. Benny was very East Side Jewish. He was like many talented people of that generation from that part of the world. He was a child of the Depression - we were all children of the Depression. Benny's speech never changed. His charm never changed. I would never take his grouching seriously. Once he was picking on a guy terribly; I didn't get angry, I just said, 'Benny, lay off. It might cost the guy a job.' And he laid off. Once you did that with Benny, he got perspective on what he was doing.
8[on Bernard Herrmann]: As fond as I was of Benny, I'm inclined to agree with Peggy, because I was close to that situation. If one looks at the whole picture, it's what they call in sports a judgment call - what you call in the arts an aesthetic judgment. There was great pressure on Hitchcock not to hire Benny Herrmann. That pressure came from the front office at Universal, most notably from their so-called music department. The reason given was that Benny Herrmann couldn't write a hit song. Torn Curtain was made at about the time that this vogue of having a hit song was becoming fashionable. We all know Benny could write lovely melodies - he wrote a beautiful Malaguena for a Hitchcock TV episode called The Life Work of Juan Diaz.
9[on his popularity of playing the seventy-something Dr. Daniel Auschlander on St. Elsewhere]: The style was interesting in that the equipment that finally arrived at the point- like Panavision hand held- you could do wonderful things. We used to say that the strength of the show was in the corridors of the hospital. As soon as it went away from the hospital it got, in my view, a little shaky. But as long as it was in the hospital it was dynamite, because they dealt with subjects that had never been dealt with before. And in the corridors, particularly, with these hand held cameras, the moving shots, and then going into these rooms and out of the rooms gave the [show] a very alive style.
10[2012] I knew, way back before I came out here [must've been in the 30s], I'm buying a poet in New York named: Alfred Craigborn, mindful. In order to earn a living [cause he couldn't get it out of poetry], he spoke German, very fluently. And so, he used to work at doing translations. So, Alfred Craigborn was working on a biologist, who was written a book in German, and they were translating it into German to English. When this German professor has said to Alfred Craigborn, one day while they were working, he had a heavily-setted speech. He said, 'You're English language is not good. It doesn't have the right sound, you see, lack of poem. It's so ugly.' Hans Eisler used to fall out of his chair, and at any opportunity he got, he said, 'Tell that story, he loved that story,' it would knock him out. So, I got to roll the eyes more, each time, because Hans would go, his legs would go up, he was pretty short. He didn't get a German rubicund, tell him that story. So, that was Hans' humor, he had a wonderful humor.
11[in 2011] Every director who went from silents to talkies wrote with the camera. They didn't need dialogue, they got you by letting you see it. Hitch brought that from silent films.
12[on Elia Kazan] I remember a review Kazan got as an actor in Odets' 'Paradise Lost,' a 'proletarian thunderbolt,' they called him then. And he named names. ... The story was that Zanuck told him, 'Look, your career's on the line.' The rationalization was, well, the authorities know the names anyway. But that's not sufficient. Not sufficient. People were ruined. Ruined.
13Oh, gee, when I think back on it, it's amazing what happens to us as we move out into the world. My family were Conservative Jews. My parents were both born in this country, but my father grew up on the Lower East Side and my mother was born and raised in Harlem when there was a large Jewish 'colony' there. Eventually they moved to Jersey City to get away from New York.
14What they did was take a radio studio and simply put the sets up against the wall. On this wall, they put a set, and maybe had room for another. That's how confined it was, and how primitive. And that was the days of the beginning of TV.
15[2007] This clarity is what's so sadly lacking today in pictures. Most of these guys would never tell you what's happening on the screen or what they're going to shoot. Hitch could tell you every shot.
16[when he was working on a movie with Daniel Day-Lewis]: He's terrific. I'll tell you a funny thing about him. Years ago I produced an hour show for Hitchcock with Robert Redford and an actress named Zora Lampert. It was from a story by Nicholas Blake. Nicholas Blake was the nom de plume of a poet named C. Day-Lewis, who was the father of Daniel Day-Lewis. On Age of Innocence, Daniel was very closed when I first came in - not snobbish, but he was very concentrated. Then one morning in makeup, I said, 'You know I once produced a Nicholas Blake show, which your father wrote - the book, he didn't do the screenplay.' And we got into the whole C. Day-Lewis thing and Daniel opened up and was very friendly. So when I saw him at Telluride, in 2007, he was the soul of warmth and joy and was wonderful. We had a marvelous time together. He's a marvelous guy. And what an actor. Terrific.
17[if comedy was harder than drama] Well, there's the great story of Edmund Gwenn on his deathbed. He was dying and someone said, 'Oh, this is very difficult, isn't it Teddy?' And he said, 'Not as difficult as comedy.' I wouldn't say that. He had a right to say that - he was a superb actor - but it depends on the writing, on a combination of circumstances. Sometimes comedy seems easier than drama. Drama can become incredibly laborious.
18[2009] One day, Orson said we are going to do a play - I don't remember the name - but it was an Elizabethan dark tragedy. The point of the story is: He called a rehearsal, a reading after one of the shows at 11:30 at night. We come in and the theater is almost filled with actors who have been promised parts in this eight-character play. Chubby [Sherman] and I were assigned three lines each. I remember [Welles] sitting there with a dollar cigar and a gardenia.... It was then I made up my mind I was leaving. And Chubby, who was his oldest friend, in a way, also left.
19[when thought had such popular success in the theater and radio, but he couldn't achieve comparable success in Hollywood] It's based on economics. You know, we did the Mercury on $6,000, I believe. True, it was the depths of the depression, 1937, so $6,000 represented a lot of money. But still it wasn't a lot of money-even as far as productions on Broadway went. When you get into pictures, the phrase I gave you - 'Too rich for my blood' - came from the head of a studio who said that to me. I was going in to see Ben Kahane, who headed RKO, and we were talking about the possibility of my producing there. And he said, 'I see you worked with Orson Welles - well, that's too rich for my blood.' And I knew I was a goner right there.
20[who recalled telling the lady at the box office] Well, you know, right across the street, at the Longacre Theater, I played that theater in 1935 with one of the really great actors in the world, Pierre Fresnay... I was in a play with him called Noah [where he gave] one of the great performances. The top was $2.20.' She said to me, 'Well, this is 2006.'
21[on his friendship with Charles Chaplin] I did a picture with [Chaplin] called Limelight, and even before Limelight, I had become a friend of his as did my wife. We went out on the boat with him socially and so forth. This was all rooted in tennis. Charlie was passionate about tennis as I am and I used to play with him about four times a week. Out of that grew a real friendship. And one day he asked me if I wanted to be in Limelight. I had the great experience of doing the last picture he made in this country. It was a very personal story - it was really about a man who could no longer make people laugh, and Charlie really felt that he had lost that ability. He was an extraordinary man - he was a genius. To work with him was fascinating.
22[1978] I felt it would make a great musical. So, with all those thought in mind, I did absolutely nothing - for 10 days. Then I happened to be a dinner party where Jerry Lawrence was present. I suggested to him that he and Lee write it as a musical for the Hollywood Musical Theatre.
23[1989] As a heavy, you're always in conflict. You're into the energy of the piece. When you play a hero, you have to create situations of interest to the audience that aren't just white bread. It's easier to play a heavy. It's more dramatic. The new-found freedom of television helps.
24We were naive, but you need a kind of naiveté to keep up that level of energy. And you knew you were reaching people. The ticket prices were kept low -- I remember playing the Biltmore, with an 85-cent top -- and people would come in who had never been in a theater in their life. You'd give a speech and they'd shout out, 'That's telling 'em!' And you'd realize, well, we've struck a nerve.
25[who played somebody else other than that of Dr. Daniel Auschlander on St. Elsewhere] I saw him instead as a man of some intellectual power. One of the best generals ... was an intellectual: Vinegar Joe Stillwell. He was a small, wiry man. He'd been a schoolteacher. He would not have thought the way Masters did, however. Masters would have been closer to Chiang Kai-shek than Stillwell.
26[on whether he had any memories of "Shorty"] I don't have any except that I remember that he wasn't a dwarf, but he wasn't much taller than one. He was very short. And very, very strong. He could sort of push you over with his finger.
27[1974] I know there's a lot of reverence for the BBC. It's the best there is - but, we're good too.
28[1972] People come to us because they know we're working on the highest level. That's immodest to say, but it's true. Partly because of the material we supply them.
29[who steadfastly believed that Hollywood Television Theater presented better drama than what was seen in the dark ages] We have better writers - Miller, Fry, Faulkner, Bagnold, Shaw, Ibsen. Not only is the writing as good or better, but we can deal with more daring material.
30[who talked about the symbolic nature of all these places that Alfred Hitchcock used, and how American they were] Well, you're very sensitive and you got it. The thing is, if one looks at Saboteur again, which was made in 1942, when the war was on, you realize that this was - Hitch would never call this a 'political' picture. He did not believe in 'political pictures.' His whole feeling was, 'I don't like that social content in movies. I make entertainment.' To use Graham Greene's phrase. But... if you look at Saboteur again, you've got a political picture. Not only the fact that it's on the Statue of Liberty that the villain finally falls - although Hitch always said he made a mistake on that scene.
31Everyone heard that subpoenas were being handed out. Dassin lived on Bronson, and there was a knock on Jules' front door. Julie answered to find Darryl Zanuck [head of 20th Century Fox], who said, 'You better get out of town.'
32[2003] Now, you begin to look at the cop from that vantage point, that the person who best understands the criminal mind-set is the policeman, and you've got an interesting dynamic.
33[1979] Milly remains to this day, a rebel.
34[on Orson Welles] He was a genius. But (John) Houseman used to talk about Orson's self-destructiveness, and the not-finishing-things side. And then there was the ego. ... You know he and Welles were partners, and then that dissolved, and years later, Houseman was producing 'Julius Caesar' with Marlon Brando. And Orson ran into him at Chasen's and shouted, 'You son of a bitch, you stole my play!' His play, mind you, not William Shakespeare's. And then he threw a flaming can of Sterno at him. So you had that with Orson, too.
35[on what film that can accomplish that theater can't] For one thing, it's the record of a performance. The theater is ephemeral, it's gotham. And films can reach many, many more people than a theater performance can reach by distribution. In a major sense, films are a record that the theater cannot keep.
36The year was 1916 and there were little Charlie Chaplin's that you would wind up and they would walk. I remember vividly. I was sitting in the high chair with the little tray in front of me. My parents would wind it up and it would walk to me.
37When I see that I mourn for my lost hair. It was red.

#Trademark
1Mid-Atlantic, commanding voice.
2Always like to tell stories of his past experiences.
3His rich professorial tone.
4Short stature.

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