Mr. Lloyd at a screening for the 60th anniversary of "Limelight ", starring and directed by Charles Chaplin (photo), in 2012. Mr. Lloyd played a part in the movie and was a friend and frequent tennis partner of Chaplin. Credit ... Valerie Macon / Images
When Mr. Lloyd spoke, he did with the kind of delivery that suggested a high standard of education and impeccable schooling. As it happened, he was born in Jersey City, New Jersey., on November 8, 1914, and the only social advancement his family made was to move to Brooklyn. The aristocratic voice came later, when it was suggested that she take speaking lessons to erase her accent.
"He looks like he was born in London, " a friend, Peter Bart, Variety's editorial director, once said. “It's not an assignment. It 's just the way it sounds. "
Sir. Lloyd started performing at a very young age, appearing in front of women's clubs, he told Newark Star-Ledger in 2007. " 'Father, Get the Hammer. There's a fly on baby's head" - that was my big number, "he recalled dryly. " So you can imagine what that act was like.
But the young man was put on the path of an actor, and eventually he started working under Welles' direction at the Mercury Theater in New York. The salary was poor, but it was the Depression, and he was better off than a lot of people crammed into the theater looking for a "cheap person." Mr. lloyd's performance as cinna, a "julius caesar" version that welles put on. 'italy mussolini, won him high praise.
electrifying moment in ' Caesar '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 a article on Welles.
When Welles moved to Los Angeles in 19 40 years to make films, the young Mr. Lloyd went with him.
Welles' first film project failed, but Mr. Lloyd, who was expecting a baby with his wife, Peggy, another artist, 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 secure it by its sleeve. (If a spoiler can be forgiven after all these years, Fry's fate is less like Cary's.Grant and Eva Marie Saint as they perch on Mount Rushmore in another Hitchcock movie, "North by Northwest," than King Kong on the Empire State Building.)
Other roles followed, notably in "Spellbound " by Hitchcock (1945), "Limelight " by Chaplin (1952) and the Hollywood film by Jean Renoir "The Southerner " (1945). But Mr. Lloyd gradually began to turn to production and directing. Image Mr. Lloyd in 1974. A professional and director as well as an actor, he was, wrote the New Yorker," a source of scenic and cinematic know-how. "css-1ly73wi e1tej78p0 "> Credit ... George Brich / Associated Press
During the list periodBlack in Hollywood, her work has dried up because of her 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".
Sir. Lloyd took all the work he could get until almost the end of his life. He had roles in an episode of “Modern Family” in 2010 and in Judd Apatow's film “Trainwreck” in 2015. 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 well over 90 years old.
In 2014, the year of its 100th anniversary, the City Council of Los Angeproclaimed them on November 8, his birthday, "Norman Lloyd Day ".
Peggy Lloyd, born Margaret Hirsdansky and married to Mr. Lloyd for 75 years, died 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 on Mr. Lloyd, said his title came late into the game because he was telling people he knew about what he was doing. was working.
"That would be the question ", he said, "almost every time: 'Who is Norman Lloyd? '”
Neil Vigdor contributed to the reporting.