Lloyd Nolan Overview:

Character actor, Lloyd Nolan, was born Lloyd Benedict Nolan on Aug 11, 1902 in San Francisco, CA. Nolan died at the age of 83 on Sep 27, 1985 in Los Angeles, CA and was laid to rest in Westwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.


Skillful and likeable American actor of tough-guy parts, facially not unlike George Raft. Usually billed above the title but behind the stars, but quite capable of carrying a film on his own during his peak period (1935-1949), Nolan was also the star of a presentable little series of crime thrillers about detective Michael Shayne. Remained in occasional character roles until his death from lung cancer.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).



He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Television.

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With appearances in nearly 100 films, most of which are scarcely remembered today, was known as the actor who gave ?A? performances in ?B? films.? However, the respected character actor was not only seen in such notable features as Guadalcanal Diary (1943), A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945... Read full article

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Lloyd Nolan Quotes:

Alfred Dunning: [after being caught eavesdropping at the door] I'm Dunning, Mr. Wolff's secretary. If I can be of any service, please let me know.
Michael Shayne: I'll send up a flare.
Michael Shayne: [after Dunning leaves] Who's that - Dumbo?
Catherine Wolff: Oh, no, Dunning. Well, he's been with Dad 25 years. I wouldn't worry about him.
Michael Shayne: [dryly] Oh, I'm not worried. He was just wandering by and got his ear caught in the door.

Tom Linscott: Smoke?
Michael Shayne: No, thanks. Wrong vice!

Michael Shayne: Say, what do you use for brains - feathers?

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Frequently portraying doctors in his later years, the actor bore a more than passing resemblance to famed Alabama physician Lloyd Noland - the spelling of their names differed by only a single letter.

Profiled in "Hollywood Players: The Thirties" by James Robert Parish and Wiliam T. Leonard.

Did not reveal he was terminally ill from lung cancer while doing his last acting role on "Murder, She Wrote" (1984) early in that show's second season. He appears to have filmed the show shortly before his 83rd birthday. It aired after his death six weeks later. The strain of fighting the illness had devastated his memory and much of his physical strength. Series star Angela Lansbury worked hard to get him through his scenes.

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