Norman Lloyd

Actor / Producer


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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In his three-hour Archive interview, Norman Lloyd discusses getting his start in theater as a child actor and later as an apprentice to Eva La Gallienne. He talks in detail about his involvement with "The Mercury Theater" and describes its first production, a modern dress adaptation of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." He speaks of his entrance into feature films, in Alfred Hitchcock's "Saboteur," in which he played the title role. Lloyd details his extensive career in television, which began with two 1939 NBC experimental productions. He recounts his work at MCA's Revue Productions, as a director for series including The Gruen Theater, which then led to his long association as an actor, director, and producer of Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. He recalls his work as executive producer and director of KCET's Hollywood Television Theater. Finally, he discusses the role with which he is most closely identified, that of "Dr. Daniel Auschlander" on the critically-acclaimed series St. Elsewhere. Gary Rutkowski conducted the interview on September 7, 2000 in Brentwood, CA.

"That was the days of the beginning of TV. I remember going down the elevator at NBC and who walks in but Frank Lloyd Wright, with a very attractive page from NBC. He's muttering because they've just gotten him on TV, and he's saying, 'No one will ever see this.'"

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Highlights
Norman Lloyd on appearing in Alfred Hitchcock's feature "Saboteur"
Norman Lloyd on being cast as "Dr. Daniel Auschlander" on St. Elsewhere by executive producer Bruce Paltrow
Norman Lloyd on the legacy of Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Norman Lloyd on appearing in the Mercury Theatre's "The Shoemaker's Holiday"
Norman Lloyd on his friendship with Charlie Chaplin and working with him on the feature film "Limelight"
Norman Lloyd on the reaction of real life medical professionals to St. Elsewhere and his character, "Dr. Daniel Auschlander"
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early life and influences; on movies he attended as a kid, and on becoming a child performer
On acting with Eva Le Gallienne, who was a mentor, and on learning to speak for the theater; on making his Broadway debut, in "Noah"
On becoming involved with Orson Welles, John Houseman, and the Mercury Theater

Chapter 2

On the Mercury Theatre production of "Julius Caesar," directed by Orson Welles; on appearing in the Mercury Theatre's "The Shoemaker's Holiday"; on appearing in the early television works The Streets of New York and Missouri Legend
On his earliest memories of seeing television; on appearing in Alfred Hitchcock's feature "Saboteur"; on Alfred Hitchcock

Chapter 3

On appearing in the Alfred Hitchcock feature "Spellbound"; on working with director Jean Renoir on the feature "The Southerner"; on starting his television career as a director for Lew Wasserman's Revue Productions
On the genesis of Alfred Hitchcock Presents; on directing several episodes of Omnibus on the life of Abraham Lincoln; on Stanley Kubrick being his second unit director for Omnibus

Chapter 4

On Stanley Kubrick's work as a second unit director on "Mr. Lincoln" for Omnibus; on Alfred Hitchcock's on-screen introductions on Alfred Hitchcock Presents; on Alfred Hitchcock Presents producer Joan Harrison
On how the stories were selected for Alfred Hitchcock Presents; on the writers of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, including Roald Dahl
On the directors of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, including Robert Stevens; on the casting of Alfred Hitchcock Presents; on the Hitchcock-directed episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Chapter 5

On Alfred Hitchcock using the crew from Alfred Hitchcock Presents to film "Psycho"; on directing the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "The Man From the South"; on the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episodes "Day of the Bullet" and "I Spy"
On the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episodes "The Jar" and "The Life Work of Juan Diaz"; on why Alfred Hitchcock Presents went to an hour-long format, and what Hitchcock thought of the show; on the legacy of Alfred Hitchcock Presents
On the anthology series Suspicion, and on producing other shows; on producing Hollywood Television Theatre; on producing Hollywood Television Theatre's production of "Steam Bath"

Chapter 6

On the Hollywood Television Theater production of Jean Renoir's "Carola"; on being cast as "Dr. Daniel Auschlander" on St. Elsewhere by executive producer Bruce Paltrow; on his St. Elsewhere character, "Dr. Daniel Auschlander"
On the relationship between "Dr. Daniel Auschlander" and "Dr. Donald Westphall" (Ed Flanders) on St. Elsewhere; on Jane Wyatt as "Katherine Auschlander" on St. Elsewhere; on the directing style of St. Elsewhere
On the directors of St. Elsewhere, including Bruce Paltrow; on classic episodes of St. Elsewhere; on what he thought of the final episode of St. Elsewhere
On his friendship with Charlie Chaplin and working with him on the feature film "Limelight"; on then current projects
Shows

Alfred Hitchcock Presents aka The Alfred Hitchcock Hour

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Norman Lloyd on the genesis of Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Norman Lloyd on Alfred Hitchcock's on-screen introductions on Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Norman Lloyd on Alfred Hitchcock Presents producer Joan Harrison
Norman Lloyd on how the stories were selected for Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Norman Lloyd on the writers of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, including Roald Dahl
Norman Lloyd on the directors of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, including Robert Stevens
Norman Lloyd on the casting of Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Norman Lloyd on the Hitchcock-directed episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Norman Lloyd on directing the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "The Man From the South"
Norman Lloyd on directing the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "The Jar"
Norman Lloyd on directing the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "The Life Work of Juan Diaz"
Norman Lloyd on Alfred Hitchcock using the crew from Alfred Hitchcock Presents to film "Psycho"
Norman Lloyd on the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episodes "Day of the Bullet" and "I Spy"
Norman Lloyd on why Alfred Hitchcock Presents went to an hour-long format, and what Hitchcock thought of the show
Norman Lloyd on the legacy of Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Hollywood Television Theatre

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Norman Lloyd on producing Hollywood Television Theatre
Norman Lloyd on producing Hollywood Television Theatre's production of "Steam Bath"
Norman Lloyd on the Hollywood Television Theater production of Jean Renoir's "Carola"

Omnibus

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Norman Lloyd on directing several episodes of Omnibus on the life of Abraham Lincoln
Norman Lloyd on Stanley Kubrick being his second unit director for Omnibus
Norman Lloyd on Stanley Kubrick's work as a second unit director on "Mr. Lincoln" for Omnibus

St. Elsewhere

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Norman Lloyd on being cast as "Dr. Daniel Auschlander" on St. Elsewhere by executive producer Bruce Paltrow
Norman Lloyd on how his St. Elsewhere character, "Dr. Daniel Auschlander," became a regular role
Norman Lloyd on his St. Elsewhere character, "Dr. Daniel Auschlander"
Norman Lloyd on his St. Elsewhere co-star Ed Flanders
Norman Lloyd on the St. Elsewhere episode "Last Dance at the Wrecker's Ball," which features his character "Dr. Daniel Auschlander" dressed as a superhero
Norman Lloyd on the reaction of real life medical professionals to St. Elsewhere and his character, "Dr. Daniel Auschlander"
Norman Lloyd on what he thought of the final episode of St. Elsewhere
Norman Lloyd on the relationship between "Dr. Daniel Auschlander" and "Dr. Donald Westphall" on St. Elsewhere
Norman Lloyd on Jane Wyatt as "Katherine Auschlander" on St. Elsewhere
Norman Lloyd on the directing style of St. Elsewhere
Norman Lloyd on the directors of St. Elsewhere, including Bruce Paltrow
Norman Lloyd on classic episodes of St. Elsewhere
Topics

Characters & Catchphrases

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Norman Lloyd on Alfred Hitchcock's on-screen introductions on Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Classic TV series episodes

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Norman Lloyd on directing the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "The Jar"
Norman Lloyd on what he thought of the final episode of St. Elsewhere

Drama

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Norman Lloyd on directing the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "The Jar"
Norman Lloyd on what he thought of the final episode of St. Elsewhere

Pop Culture

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Norman Lloyd on Alfred Hitchcock's on-screen introductions on Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Norman Lloyd on directing the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "The Jar"
Norman Lloyd on what he thought of the final episode of St. Elsewhere

Television Industry

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Norman Lloyd on starting his television career as a director for Lew Wasserman's Revue Productions
Genres

Classic Anthology Series

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Norman Lloyd on the genesis of Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Norman Lloyd on directing several episodes of Omnibus
Norman Lloyd on producing and directing Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Norman Lloyd on Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Norman Lloyd on producing Hollywood Television Theatre
Norman Lloyd on the Hollywood Television Theater production of Jean Renoir's "Carola"

Medical Dramas

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Norman Lloyd on playing "Dr. Daniel Auschlander" on St. Elsewhere
People

Charlie Chaplin

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Norman Lloyd on his friendship with Charlie Chaplin and working with him on the feature film "Limelight"

Ed Flanders

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Norman Lloyd on his St. Elsewhere co-star Ed Flanders

Eva Le Gallienne

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Norman Lloyd on acting with Eva Le Gallienne, who was a mentor, and on learning to speak for the theater

Joan Harrison

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Norman Lloyd on Alfred Hitchcock Presents producer Joan Harrison

Alfred Hitchcock

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Norman Lloyd on Alfred Hitchcock
Norman Lloyd on appearing in the Alfred Hitchcock feature "Spellbound"
Norman Lloyd on Alfred Hitchcock's on-screen introductions on Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Norman Lloyd on the Hitchcock-directed episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Norman Lloyd on Alfred Hitchcock using the crew from Alfred Hitchcock Presents to film "Psycho"
Norman Lloyd on why Alfred Hitchcock Presents went to an hour-long format, and what Hitchcock thought of the show

John Houseman

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Norman Lloyd on becoming involved with Orson Welles, John Houseman, and the Mercury Theater
Norman Lloyd on Orson Welles and John Houseman's roles at the Mercury Theatre

Stanley Kubrick

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Norman Lloyd on Stanley Kubrick being his second unit director for Omnibus
Norman Lloyd 0n Stanley Kubrick's work as a second unit director on "Mr. Lincoln" for Omnibus

Bruce Paltrow

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Norman Lloyd on being cast as "Dr. Daniel Auschlander" on St. Elsewhere by executive producer Bruce Paltrow 
Norman Lloyd on the directors of St. Elsewhere, including Bruce Paltrow

Robert Stevens

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Norman Lloyd on the directors of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, including Robert Stevens

Lew Wasserman

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Norman Lloyd on starting his television career as a director for Lew Wasserman's Revue Productions

Orson Welles

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Norman Lloyd on becoming involved with Orson Welles, John Houseman, and the Mercury Theater
Norman Lloyd on the Mercury Theatre production of "Julius Caesar," directed by Orson Welles
Norman Lloyd on Orson Welles and John Houseman's roles at the Mercury Theatre

Jane Wyatt

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Norman Lloyd on Jane Wyatt as "Katherine Auschlander" on St. Elsewhere

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