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.

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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).

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

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A Thoughtful and Deliberate Actor:

By shadowsandsatin on Dec 6, 2011 From Shadows and Satin

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:

Michael Shayne: [Referring to Wolff and his money] Beneath all those millions beats a heart of ice... dry ice!


Kay Bentley: She's an old schoolmate of mine from grammar school.
Michael Shayne: I haven't seen any old girls.
Kay Bentley: Oh, she's not old - about my age.
Michael Shayne: And still goin' to grammar school? My, she's a little mentally round-shouldered!


Michael Shayne: [referring to Wolff] He's a pretty tough old cookie!
Catherine Wolff: Oh, don't be so hard on him. He's really very sweet.
Michael Shayne: Oh, yeah? Well, so's arsenic! I understand it tastes just like sugar!


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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.

When John Ford rather coyly asked young John Wayne who he thought might be good as "The Ringo Kid" in Stagecoach (1939), Wayne suggested Nolan.

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