Person Details

Birthday: 1902-08-11 09:28:16

Death: 1985-09-27 09:28:16

Aliases: Lloyd Benedict Nolan

Gender: Male

Place of birth: San Francisco, California, USA


Movie Involvements: 87

TV Involvements: 17

Most Famous Work


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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. Nolan was born in San Francisco, California, the son of Margaret and James Nolan, who was a shoe manufacturer of Irish descent. He attended Santa Clara Preparatory School and Stanford University, flunking out of Stanford as a freshman "because I never got around to attending any other class but dramatics." 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." Nolan served in the United States Merchant Marine before joining the Dennis Players theatrical troupe in Cape Cod. 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. 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. Nolan appeared three times on NBC's Laramie Western series, as sheriff Tully Hatch in the episode "The Star Trail (1959), as outlaw Matt Dyer in the episode "Deadly Is the Night" (1961)[5] and then as former Union Army General George Barton in the episode "War Hero" (1962).[6] On December 8, 1960, Nolan was cast as Dr. Elisha Pittman, in "Knife of Hate" on Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre. In the story line, Dr. Pittman removed one of the legs of Jack Hoyt (Robert Harland) after Hoyt sustained a gunshot wound from which infection was developing. Hoyt wants to marry Susan Pittman (Susan Oliver), but her father is at first unyielding on the matter. Nolan starred in The Outer Limits episode "Soldier" 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 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. A long-time cigar and pipe smoker, Nolan died of lung cancer on September 27, 1985, at his home in Brentwood, California; he was 83. He is interred at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, Los Angeles, California. CLR Description above from the Wikipedia article Lloyd Nolan, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Most Famous Work

What's My Line?

What's My Line?

(1950) Self - Mystery Guest
The Virginian

The Virginian

(1962) Abe Clayton


(1967) Sam Dubrio
Murder, She Wrote

Murder, She Wrote

(1984) Julian Tenley
The F.B.I.

The F.B.I.

(1965) Judge Harper


(1970) Harry Standish
Ice Station Zebra

Ice Station Zebra

(1968) Admiral Garvey


(1974) Dr. James Vance


Year Character Movie/Tv
2000 Narrator
1986 Evan
1985 Joe Kennedy
1984 Julian Tenley
1982 N/A
1980 N/A
1979 Brother Joe
1978 Dan Montgomery
1977 Attorney General Harlan Stone
Doc Bennett
Wilton Bender
Gen. Smedley Butler
1976 N/A
1975 N/A
Carl Gentry
1974 N/A
William H. Seward
Dr. James Vance
1973 Jesse Chapin
1972 N/A
1970 Harry Standish
1968 Admiral Garvey
Dr. Morton Chegley
Gen. Amos Bailey
1967 Sam Dubrio
Max Clarity
1966 Barney Kelly
1965 Mayor Crane
Judge Harper
1964 Ben Hanks
Cap Carson
1963 Gen. Amos Bailey
Col. Fraser
Tom Kagan
Arthur Rickerby
Vice Admiral Ryan
1962 Abe Clayton
Tom Foster
Wade Anders
1961 Roger Slade
Vernon Clay
1960 Dr. Mitchell
George McShane
Matthew S. Cabot
1959 N/A
1958 N/A
1957 Dr. Matthew Swain
John Pope, Sr
Frank Kelly
1956 Dr. Elisha Pittman
Brig. Gen. Bill Banner
Clay Pike
1955 N/A
1954 N/A
1953 N/A
Captain Stutz
Michael Bowen
Robert Hale
1951 Nat Miller
Oxford Charley
1950 Self - Mystery Guest
Self - Panelist
1949 Lenahan
Thomas I. Chandler
Marshall Brown
1948 Inspector George A. Briggs
Self - Guest
Rob McLaughlin
1947 Kink
1946 Lieutenant DeGarmot
Police Lt. Donald Kendall
Bob Simms
1945 Agent George A. Briggs
Lt. Jim Whitaker
Sam Lord
Officer McShane
1944 USAF Debriefing Officer / Narrator
Narrator (voice)
1943 Commentator
Cpl. Barney Todd
Sgt. Hook Malone
1942 Michael Shayne
Lucky Matthews
Trigger Bill Folliard
Michael Shayne
Frank 'Butterfingers' Maguire
Michael Shayne
Michael Shayne
1941 Rocky Evans
Del Davis
Rickey Deane
Michael Shayne
Michael Shayne
Tommy N. Thornton ('Mr. Dynamite')
1940 Stuart Woodrow
Michael Shayne
King Morgan
Gus Fender
Kenneth Delane
Danny Dolan
Matthew J. 'Matty' Burns
Mickey Dwyer
Slant Kolma
Joe Monday
1939 Sam Barr
Robert Anders
Dave Geurney
Tony Andrews
1938 Raymond Grayson
Larry Harrison
Joe Albany
Bob Anders
Inspector Brandon
1937 Dal Slade
John Quade
Charles Gillette
Jim Adams
1936 Det. Sgt. Walsh
Sam 'Polka Dot' McGee
Capper Stevens
Dana Kirk
Russ Cortig
Michael Harvey
Neil Bennett
1935 Jerry
Dan Miller
Hugh Farrell
Chesty Burrage
Year Character Movie/Tv

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