His death has been confirmed by longtime friend producer Dean Hargrove.
In addition to acting under the direction of Welles and Hitchcock, Mr. Lloyd has worked with Charlie Chaplin, Bertolt Brecht, John Houseman and Jean Renoir. He became good friends with Hitch Rooster and a frequent tennis partner of Chaplin. And he had stories to tell about each of them.
"He is a source of stage and film culture, full of juice at the age of 93, " New Yorker wrote when "Who is Norman Lloyd? " was released in 2007.
When Mr. Lloyd spoke, he did so with the kind of delivery that suggested high level education and aimpeccable schooling. In fact, he was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on November 8, 1914, and the only social rise his family made was moving to Brooklyn. The aristocratic voice came later, when it was suggested that he take speaking lessons to erase his accent.
"Looks like he was born in London " a friend, Peter Bart, editorial director of Variety once said. “It's not an assignment. It 's just the way it sounds. "
Mr. Lloyd started performing at a very young age, appearing in front of women's clubs, he told the Star-Ledger of Newark in 2007. " 'Father, Get the Hammer. There's a fly on baby's head" - that was my number ", he remembers dryly. "So you canimagine what that act looked like.
But the young man was put in the path of an actor, and eventually he began to work under the direction by Welles at the Mercury Theater in New York. The pay was mediocre, but it was the Depression, and he was better off than a lot of people cramming the theater looking for a cheap person. the performance of mr. lloyd as cinna, in a version "julius caesar" welles installed italy mussolini, earned him acclaim.
"According to many accounts, 'Caesar ' s most electrifying moment was the brief scene in which Cinna the poet is mistaken for one of the conspirators and is attacked by mobs, ”Alex Ross written in The New Yorker in 2015 in an article on Welles.
When Welles moved to Los Angeles in 1940 to make films, young Mr. Lloyd went with him.
Welles' first film project fell through, however, and Mr. Lloyd, who was expecting a baby with his wife, Peggy, a fellow performer, decided to look for work elsewhere. Welles 'next project went better: it was "Citizen Kane".
But if Mr. Lloyd missed a chance to play a role in this classic film, he did manage to be chosen by Hitchcock in "Saboteur." His role was important: Fry, a fifth columnist determined to attack American targets during World War II.
At the climax of the movie, he knocks down the edge of the Statue of Liberty torch and swings as the movie's hero (Robert Cummings) tries to put it in a safe placeurity by his sleeve. (If any spoiler can be forgiven after all these years, Fry's plight is less like that of Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint as they perch on Mount Rushmore in another Hitchcock film, "North by Northwest." , than that of King Kong on the Empire State Building.)
Other roles followed, notably in Hitchcock "Spellbound " (1945), Chaplin's "Limelight " (1952) and Jean Renoir's Hollywood film "The Southerner " "(1945). But Mr. Lloyd gradually began to turn to production and directing.
During the Hollywood blacklist period, his work dried up due to his past associations with leftist artists. He credited Hitchcock with relaunching his career by insisting that he be allowed to hire Mr. Lloyd to produce and direct episodes of his television shows, "Alfred Hitchcock Presents ”and“ The Alfred Hitchcock Hour ”.
Mr. Lloyd has taken on the job he could near the end of his life. He played roles in an episode of “Modern Family” in 2010 and in Judd Apatow's 2015 film “Trainwreck”. He also continued to spend a lot of time on the tennis court.
Mr. Lloyd "still plays tennis and always follows serve at the net, which is disheartening," Bart said in an interview as his friend was almost 90 years old.
In 2014, the year of its 100th anniversary, the Los Angeles City Council proclaimed November 8, its anniversary: "Norman Lloyd Day ".
Peggy Lloyd, born Margaret Hirsdansky and married to Mr. Lloyd for 75 years, passed away in 2011 . She and Mr. Lloyd had met when they had performed in a play called "Crime ", directed by Elia Kazan.
Complete information on the survivors was not immediately available.
Matthew Sussman, who directed the documentary a about Mr. Lloyd, said his title came late in the game because he told his acquaintances what he was working on.
"That would be the question, " he said, "almost every time: 'Who is Norman Lloyd? '
Neil Vigdor contributed reporting.