The Info List - Lloyd Nolan

Lloyd Benedict Nolan (August 11, 1902 – September 27, 1985) was an American film and television actor. Among his many roles, Nolan is remembered for originating the role of private investigator Michael Shayne in a series of 1940s B movies.


1 Biography 2 Film career 3 Other endeavors 4 Personal life 5 Family 6 Death 7 Complete filmography 8 Television 9 Radio appearances 10 References 11 Further reading 12 External links

Biography[edit] Nolan was born in San Francisco, California, the son of Margaret and James Nolan, who was a shoe manufacturer.[1] He attended Santa Clara Preparatory School[1] and Stanford University,[2] flunking out of Stanford as a freshman "because I never got around to attending any other class but dramatics."[3] His parents disapproved of his choice of a career in acting, preferring that he join his father's shoe business, "one of the most solvent commercial firms in San Francisco."[4] Nolan served in the United States Merchant Marine
United States Merchant Marine
before joining the Dennis Players theatrical troupe in Cape Cod.[4] He began his career on stage and was subsequently lured to Hollywood, where he played mainly doctors, private detectives, and policemen in many film roles. Film career[edit] Nolan's obituary in the Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
contained the evaluation, "Nolan was to both critics and audiences the veteran actor who works often and well regardless of his material."[1] Although Nolan's acting was often praised by critics, he was, for the most part, relegated to B pictures. Despite this, Nolan co-starred with a number of well-known actresses, among them Mae West, Dorothy McGuire, and former Metropolitan Opera
Metropolitan Opera
mezzo-soprano Gladys Swarthout. Under contract to Paramount and 20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox
studios, he essayed starring roles in the late '30s and early-to-mid '40s and appeared as the title character in the Michael Shayne
Michael Shayne
detective series. Raymond Chandler's novel The High Window
The High Window
was adapted from a Philip Marlowe
Philip Marlowe
adventure for the seventh film in the Michael Shayne
Michael Shayne
series, Time to Kill (1942); the film was remade five years later as The Brasher Doubloon, truer to Chandler's original story, with George Montgomery as Marlowe. Most of Nolan's films were light entertainment with an emphasis on action. His most famous include Atlantic Adventure, costarring Nancy Carroll; Ebb Tide; Wells Fargo; Every Day's a Holiday, starring Mae West; Bataan; and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, with Dorothy McGuire
Dorothy McGuire
and James Dunn. He also gave a strong performance in the 1957 film Peyton Place with Lana Turner. Nolan also contributed solid and key character parts in numerous other films. One, The House on 92nd Street, was a startling revelation to audiences in 1945. It was a conflation of several true incidents of attempted sabotage by the Nazi regime (incidents which the FBI was able to thwart during World War II), and many scenes were filmed on location in New York City, unusual at the time. Nolan portrayed FBI Agent Briggs, and actual FBI employees interacted with Nolan throughout the film; he reprised the role in a subsequent 1948 movie, The Street with No Name. One of the last of his many military roles was playing an admiral at the start of what proved to be Howard Hughes' favorite film, Ice Station Zebra. Other endeavors[edit] Later in Nolan's career, he returned to the stage and appeared on television to great acclaim in The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, for which he received a 1955 Emmy
award for portraying Captain Queeg,[1] the role made famous by Humphrey Bogart. Nolan also made guest appearances on television shows, including NBC's The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford, The Bing Crosby Show, a sitcom on ABC and the Emmy-winning NBC
anthology series The Barbara Stanwyck Show. Nolan appeared three times on NBC's Laramie Western series, as sheriff Tully Hatch in the episode "The Star Trail (1959) (also ref on IMDB), as outlaw Matt Dyer in the episode "Deadly Is the Night" (1961)[5] and then as former Union Army
Union Army
General George Barton in the episode "War Hero" (1962).[6] Nolan starred in the classic 1964 episode "Soldier" of ABC's The Outer Limits, written by Harlan Ellison. He appeared in the NBC
Western Bonanza
as LaDuke, a New Orleans detective. In 1967, Strother Martin and he guest-starred in the episode "A Mighty Hunter Before the Lord" of NBC's The Road West
The Road West
series, starring Barry Sullivan. Also in 1967, Nolan was a guest star in the popular Western TV series The Virginian, in the episode "The Masquerade" and in the first episode of Mannix. Nolan co-starred from 1968 to 1971 in the pioneering NBC
series Julia, with Diahann Carroll, who was the first African American
African American
to star in her own television series.[1] One of his last appearances was a guest spot as himself in the 1984 episode "Cast in Steele" on the TV detective series Remington Steele. On February 8, 1960, Nolan received a star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame for his work in the television industry, at 1752 Vine Street.[7][8] In his later years, Nolan appeared in commercials for Polident. Personal life[edit] In 1964, Nolan spoke at the "Project Prayer" rally attended by 2,500 at the Shrine Auditorium
Shrine Auditorium
in Los Angeles. The gathering, which was hosted by Anthony Eisley, a star of ABC's Hawaiian Eye
Hawaiian Eye
series, sought to flood the United States Congress
United States Congress
with letters in support of public school prayer, following two decisions in 1962 and 1963 of the United States Supreme Court which struck down the practice as in conflict with the Establishment Clause
Establishment Clause
of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.[9] Joining Nolan and Eisley at the rally were Walter Brennan, Rhonda Fleming, Dale Evans, Pat Boone, and Gloria Swanson. At the rally, Nolan asked, "Do we permit ourselves to be turned into a godless people, or do we preserve America as one nation under God?"[9] Eisley and Fleming added that John Wayne, Ronald Reagan, Roy Rogers, Mary Pickford, Jane Russell, Ginger Rogers, and Pat Buttram
Pat Buttram
would also have attended the rally had their schedules not been in conflict.[9] "Project Prayer" was ultimately unsuccessful in its campaign to keep public prayer in public schools. Nolan founded the Jay Nolan Autistic Center (now known as Jay Nolan Community Services) in honor of his son, Jay, who had autism, and was chairman of the annual Save Autistic Children Telethon. Family[edit] Nolan and his wife, Mell, had a daughter, Melinda, and a son, Jay.[10] Death[edit] A long-time cigar and pipe smoker, Nolan died of lung cancer on September 27, 1985, at his home in Brentwood, California;[11] he was 83.[1] He is interred at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, Los Angeles, California.[12] Complete filmography[edit]

G Men
G Men
(1935) as Hugh Farrell Stolen Harmony (1935) as Chesty Burrage Atlantic Adventure (1935) as Dan Miller She Couldn't Take It
She Couldn't Take It
(1935) as Tex One Way Ticket (1935) as Jerry You May Be Next (1936) as Neil Bennett Lady of Secrets (1936) as Michael Big Brown Eyes
Big Brown Eyes
(1936) as Russ Cortig Devil's Squadron (1936) as Dana Kirk Counterfeit (1936) as Capper Stevens The Texas Rangers (1936) as Sam 'Polka Dot' McGee 15 Maiden Lane (1936) as Det. Sgt. Walsh Internes Can't Take Money
Internes Can't Take Money
(1937) as Hanlon King of Gamblers
King of Gamblers
(1937) as Jim Adams Exclusive (1937) as Charles Gillette Ebb Tide (1937) as Attwater Every Day's a Holiday (1937) as John Quade Wells Fargo (1937) as Dal Slade Dangerous to Know
Dangerous to Know
(1938) as Inspector Brandon Tip-Off Girls
Tip-Off Girls
(1938) as Bob Anders Hunted Men
Hunted Men
(1938) as Joe Albany Prison Farm (1938) as Larry Harrison King of Alcatraz (1938) as Raymond Grayson Ambush - Tony Andrews (1939) as Tony Andrews St. Louis Blues (1939) as Dave Geurney Undercover Doctor
Undercover Doctor
(1939) as Robert Anders The Magnificent Fraud (1939) as Sam Barr The Man Who Wouldn't Talk
(1940) as Joe Monday The House Across the Bay
The House Across the Bay
(1940) as Slant Johnny Apollo (1940) as Mickey Dwyer Gangs of Chicago (1940) as Matthew J. 'Matty' Burns The Man I Married (1940) as Kenneth Delane Pier 13 (1940) as Detective
Danny Dolan The Golden Fleecing (1940) as Gus Fender Charter Pilot
Charter Pilot
(1940) as King Morgan Michael Shayne, Private Detective
(1940) as Michael Shayne Behind the News (1940) as Stuart Woodrow Mr Dynamite (1941) as Tommy N. Thornton ('Mr. Dynamite') Sleepers West (1941) as Michael Shayne Dressed to Kill (1941) as Michael Shayne Buy Me That Town
Buy Me That Town
(1941) as Rickey Deane Blues In The Night (1941) as Del Davis Steel Against the Sky
Steel Against the Sky
(1941) as Rocky Evans Blue, White and Perfect (1942) as Michael Shayne The Man Who Wouldn't Die (1942) as Michael Shayne It Happened in Flatbush (1942) as Frank 'Butterfingers' Maguire Just Off Broadway (1942) as Michael Shayne Apache Trail (1942) as Trigger Bill Folliard Manila Calling (1942) as Lucky Matthew Time to Kill (1942) as Michael Shayne Bataan (1943) as Corp. Barney Todd Don't Be a Sucker (1943 short) as Commentator Guadalcanal Diary (1943) as Sgt. Hook Malone Resisting Enemy Interrogation (1944) as USAF Debriefing Officer / Narrator (uncredited) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) as Officer McShane Circumstantial Evidence (1945) as Sam Lords Captain Eddie
Captain Eddie
(1945) as Lt. Jim Whittaker The House on 92nd Street
The House on 92nd Street
(1945) as Agent George A. Briggs Somewhere in the Night (1946) as Police Lt. Donald Kendall Two Smart People (1946) as Bob Simms Lady in the Lake
Lady in the Lake
(1947) as Lt. DeGarmot Wild Harvest
Wild Harvest
(1947) as Kink Green Grass of Wyoming
Green Grass of Wyoming
(1948) as Rob McLaughlin The Street with No Name
The Street with No Name
(1948) as Insp. George A. Briggs The Sun Comes Up
The Sun Comes Up
(1949) as Thomas I. Chandler Bad Boy (1949) as Marshall Brown Easy Living (1949) as Lenahan The Lemon Drop Kid
The Lemon Drop Kid
(1951) as Oxford Charlie Island in the Sky (1953) as Captain Stutz Crazylegs (1953) as Win Brockmeyer The Last Hunt
The Last Hunt
(1956) as Woodfoot Santiago (1956) as Clay Pike Toward the Unknown
Toward the Unknown
(1956) as Brig. Gen. Bill Banner Seven Waves Away
Seven Waves Away
(1957) as Frank Kelly A Hatful of Rain
A Hatful of Rain
(1957) as John Pope, Sr Peyton Place (1957) as Dr. Swain Ah, Wilderness! (1959 TV movie) as Nat Miller Portrait in Black (1960) as Matthew S. Cabot The Girl of the Night (1960) as Dr. Mitchell Susan Slade (1961) as Roger Slade We Joined the Navy (1962) as Vice Admiral
Ryan The Girl Hunters (1963) as Federal Agent Arthur Rickerby Circus World (1964) as Cap Carson Never Too Late (1965) as Mayor Crane An American Dream (1966) as Barney Kelly Wings of Fire (1967 TV movie) as Max Clarity The Double Man (1967) as Edwards Sergeant Ryker
Sergeant Ryker
(1968) as Gen. Amos Bailey Ice Station Zebra (1968) as Admiral
Garvey Airport (1970) as Harry Standish Isn't It Shocking? (1973 TV movie) as Jesse Chapin Earthquake (1974) as Dr. Vance The Sky's the Limit (1975) as Cornwall The Abduction of Saint Anne (1975 TV movie) as Carl Gentry Flight to Holocaust (1977 TV movie) as Wilton Bender Fire (1977 TV movie) as Doc Bennett The November Plan (1977 TV movie) as Gen. Smedley Butler The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover
The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover
(1977) as Attorney General Harlan Stone The Mask of Alexander Cross (1977 TV movie) as Strickland My Boys Are Good Boys (1978) as Security Officer Dan Mountgomery Valentine (1979 TV movie) as Brother Joe Galyon (1980) as Willard Morgan Adam's House (1983 TV movie) as Frank Gallagher Prince Jack
Prince Jack
(1985) as Joe Kennedy It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (1984 TV movie) as Monsignor Donoghue Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) as Evan


Martin Kane (1951–1952) as Martin Kane Special
Agent 7 (1959) 25 episodes as Special
Agent Philip Conroy Wagon Train
Wagon Train
(1959) in "The Hunter Malloy Story" as Hunter Malloy The Untouchables (1959) as George 'Bugs' Moran Laramie (1959–1962) in "The Star Trail" as Sheriff Tully Hatch, "Deadly Is the Night" as Matt Dyer, "War Hero" as General George Barton Bonanza
(1960) as Inspector Charles Leduque Outlaws (1962) as Buck Breeson The Virginian (1963–1967) in "It Takes a Big Man" as Wade Anders, "The Payment" as Abe Clayton, "The Masquerade" as Tom Foster The Outer Limits (1964) in "Soldier" as Tom Kagan Daniel Boone (1965) as Ben Hanks Mannix (1967) as Sam Dubrio I Spy (1968) as Manion Julia (1968–1971) as Dr. Morton Chegley Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law (1972) McCloud (1973) as Elroy Jenkins The F.B.I. (1973) as Judge Harper The Magician (1974) as Charles Keegan Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color
(1975) as Cornwall Lincoln (1975 miniseries) as William H. Seward Ellery Queen (1976) as Doctor Sanford McMillan & Wife (1977) as Horace Sherwin Police Woman (1977) as Q. Waldo Mims The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1978) as Professor Anton Hendricks The Waltons
The Waltons
(1978) as Cyrus Guthrie Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
(1978) as Dr. Schumann $weepstake$ (1979) as Dr. Warnecke Archie Bunker's Place
Archie Bunker's Place
(1981) as Judge Sean McGuire Remington Steele
Remington Steele
(1984) as Lloyd Nolan Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
(1985) as Julian Tenley

Radio appearances[edit]

Year Program Episode/source

1945 Suspense "Murder for Myra"[13]

1945 Suspense "Nineteen Deacon Street"[14]

1947 Suspense "Green-Eyed Monster"[15]

1947 Suspense "Double Ugly"[16]

1952 Suspense The Man with Two Faces[17]

1953 Suspense Vial of Death[18]


^ a b c d e f Folkart, Burt A. (September 28, 1985). "Lloyd Nolan, the Actor's Actor, Dies". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 11 June 2015.  ^ " Lloyd Nolan
Lloyd Nolan
at Cancer Kickoff Drive in S.M." San Mateo Times. April 26, 1973. p. 34. Retrieved June 11, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ "Actor Lloyd Nolan
Lloyd Nolan
Went Up In Lights the Very Hard Way". Brooklyn Eagle. July 4, 1943. p. 32. Retrieved June 11, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ a b "His Parents Thought Acting a Risk, Preferring Shoe Business". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. September 3, 1933. p. 15. Retrieved June 11, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ Laramie episode "Deadly Is the Night" on IMDb ^ Laramie episode "War Hero" on IMDb ^ " Lloyd Nolan
Lloyd Nolan
Walk of Fame". www.walkoffame.com. Retrieved 2016-07-20.  ^ Folkart, Burt A. (September 28, 1985). " Hollywood
Star Walk: Lloyd Nolan". latimes.com. Retrieved 2016-07-20.  ^ a b c ""The Washington Merry-Go-Round", Drew Pearson column, May 14, 1964" (PDF). dspace.wrlc.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 16, 2013. Retrieved January 13, 2013.  ^ "Lloyd Nolan: Tough Movie Gangster Is Now Crusty Television Doctor". The Danville Register. September 2, 1969. p. 11. Retrieved June 11, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ "Actor Lloyd Nolan
Lloyd Nolan
Dies". The Galveston Daily News. September 29, 1985. p. 4. Retrieved June 11, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. 

^ " Lloyd Nolan
Lloyd Nolan
(1902 - 1985) - Find A Grave Memorial". www.findagrave.com. Retrieved 2016-07-20.  ^ http://www.escape-suspense.com/2008/07/suspense---murd.html ^ http://www.escape-suspense.com/2008/10/suspense---nineteen-deacon-street.html

^ http://www.escape-suspense.com/2009/01/suspense-green-eyed-monster.html

^ http://radiogoldindex.com/cgi-local/p2.cgi?ProgramName=Suspense ^ Kirby, Walter (December 14, 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 54 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ Kirby, Walter (May 17, 1953). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 48. Retrieved June 27, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. 

Further reading[edit] Lloyd Nolan: An Actor's Life With Meaning, by Joel Blumberg and Sandra Grabman. BearManor Media, Albany, 2010. ISBN 1-59393-600-1. External links[edit]

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Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Robert Cummings
Robert Cummings
(1955) Lloyd Nolan
Lloyd Nolan
(1956) Jack Palance
Jack Palance
(1957) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1958) Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
(1959) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1960) Maurice Evans (1961) Peter Falk
Peter Falk
(1962) Trevor Howard
Trevor Howard
(1963) Jack Klugman
Jack Klugman
(1964) Alfred Lunt
Alfred Lunt
(1965) Cliff Robertson
Cliff Robertson
(1966) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1967) Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
(1968) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1969) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1970) George C. Scott
George C. Scott
(1971) Keith Michell
Keith Michell
(1972) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1973) Anthony Murphy (1973) Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook
(1974) William Holden
William Holden
(1974) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1975) Peter Falk
Peter Falk
(1975) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1976) Hal Holbrook
Hal Holbrook
(1976) Ed Flanders
Ed Flanders
(1977) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1977) Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
(1978) Michael Moriarty (1978) Peter Strauss (1979) Powers Boothe
Powers Boothe
(1980) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1981) Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney
(1982) Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones
(1983) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1984) Richard Crenna
Richard Crenna
(1985) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1986) James Woods
James Woods
(1987) Jason Robards
Jason Robards
(1988) James Woods
James Woods
(1989) Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
(1990) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1991) Beau Bridges
Beau Bridges
(1992) Robert Morse
Robert Morse
(1993) Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
(1994) Raúl Juliá
Raúl Juliá
(1995) Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman
(1996) Armand Assante
Armand Assante
(1997) Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise
(1998) Stanley Tucci
Stanley Tucci
(1999) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(2000) Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
(2001) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(2002) William H. Macy
William H. Macy
(2003) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(2004) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2005) Andre Braugher
Andre Braugher
(2006) Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall
(2007) Paul Giamatti
Paul Giamatti
(2008) Brendan Gleeson
Brendan Gleeson
(2009) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(2010) Barry Pepper
Barry Pepper
(2011) Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner
(2012) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(2013) Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch
(2014) Richard Jenkins
Richard Jenkins
(2015) Courtney B. Vance
Courtney B. Vance
(2016) Riz Ahmed
Riz Ahmed

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