By Dann: Actor Norman Lloyd has passed away at 106 years of age. His career spanned over 7 decades as an actor. He was also an active producer and director. He formed the Mercury Theatre with Orson Welles and John Houseman, appeared in two Hitchcock films, and directed most of the Alfred Hitchcock Presents (including Ray Bradbury’s “The Jar”).
While I remember him primarily from the TV series St. Elsewhere and the movies FM and Dead Poets Society, it turns out that he has quite a few genre credits including:
The most recent genre TV series was Seven Days (1998-2000) where a character would travel back exactly seven days and then work to adjust history; presumably for the better.
Movies: The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (2000), The Omen (1995), Amityville Horror: The Evil Escapes (1989), The Jaws of Satan (1981), The Nude Bomb (1980), Audrey Rose (1978)
TV Series appearances: Star Trek TNG “The Chase”, The Twilight Zone “The Last Defender of Camelot”, The Dark Secret of Harvest Home, Night Gallery “A Feast of Blood”, several episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, One Step Beyond “Delusion.”
His directorial credits include Tales of the Unexpected which featured adaptations of stories written by Roald Dahl.
IMDB had a trailer. Mr. Lloyd plays a Q-type character named Carruthers presenting weapons/tools for use by the secret agent Maxwell Smart. Yes, that Maxwell Smart. He does miss by just that much.
While speaking into a telephone that looks like a stapler that most certainly does NOT function as a stapler, Carruthers says: “I’ll be at my piano number in half an hour. If you need me earlier, call me on my jockstrap. But, please, just ring once.”
Apparently, some of his telephones also functioned as the devices that they appeared to be. Just not the stapler.
It’s rated PG, FWIW