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Lloyd Bochner

Lloyd Wolfe Bochner was a Jewish actor, usually playing the role of suave, rich leading men. Lloyd Bochner was a Canadian who was born on July 29, 1924 to Jewish parents. Lloyd Bochner died on October 29, 2005.

Career

At age 11, Lloyd Bochner began his acting career on Ontario radio programs. Lloyd Bochner went on to garner two Liberty Awards, the highest acting honour in Canada, for his work in Canadian film and theatre. In 1951 Lloyd Bochner moved to New York City and appeared in early television series such as One Man's Family and Kraft Television Theatre. In 1960, ABC called with a starring role in the series Hong Kong with co-star Rod Taylor. A few years later, Lloyd Bochner appeared in one of his most famous roles, that of the scientist attempting to decipher an alien text in the classic 1962 Twilight Zone episode "To Serve Man," a part Lloyd Bochner himself spoofed years later in the comedy The Naked Gun 2: The Smell of Fear. Lloyd Bochner was a member of the repertory cast of The Richard Boone Show (1963-1964). In 1964 Lloyd Bochner guest starred in the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Season One episode "The Fear-Makers". In 1965, Lloyd Bochner guest starred on ABC's western series The Legend of Jesse James starring Christopher Jones in the title role. Two years later, Lloyd Bochner appeared on the ABC military-western Custer starring Wayne Maunder in the title role. Lloyd Bochner appeared twice on the long running television western The Virginian in the 1960s. Lloyd Bochner is also memorably smooth and malicious as the gangster Carter up against Lee Marvin in John Boorman's seminal 1960s film noir Point Blank.

Over the years, Lloyd Bochner continued to portray a variety of roles in television and film, from a warlock on Bewitched to a homosexual doctor coming out at middle age in the 1977 television-movie Terraces, to Pia Zadora's abusive screenwriter husband in the camp classic film The Lonely Lady. In 1960, Lloyd Bochner starred in an adaptation of A. J. Cronin's The Citadel along with Ann Blyth. His son Paul said Lloyd Bochner "almost always played a suave, handsome, wealthy villain."

Famous roles

A typical and very famous Lloyd Bochner role was that of the scheming Cecil Colby on Dynasty, in part due to his notorious death scene (the character suffered a heart attack while having sex with Alexis Carrington (Joan Collins), and later died in his hospital bed seconds after marrying her). A few years later, Lloyd Bochner planned to star as C.C. Capwell on the daytime drama Santa Barbara, but a heart attack caused his departure from the series. Lloyd Bochner continued to appear in television series for the next few decades, doing frequent voiceover work for the animated cartoon version of Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures. In 1998 Lloyd Bochner co-founded the Committee to End Violence, a panel designed to study the impact violent images had on culture. Lloyd Bochner was also active in Association of Canadian Radio and Television Artists and was a licensed amateur radio operator. Lloyd Bochner joined the Stratford Festival of Canada in its first season in 1953 and spent six years there, playing Horatio in Hamlet, Orsino in Twelfth Night, and Duke Vincentio in Measure for Measure opposite James Mason.

Television roles

Lloyd Bochner appeared in the episode "The Pisces" of the short-lived TV show The Starlost (1973), and was Commandant Leiter in the Battlestar Galactica original series episode "Greetings from Earth". Also in the 1960s Lloyd Bochner appeared on Combat! as either a German or an English officer and on Twelve O'Clock High as an Englishman or as a British army or air force officer.(Obtained from ME-TV network.)

Personal life and death

Lloyd Bochner was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to a middle-class Jewish family.[1] Lloyd Bochner was married to Ruth Roher Lloyd Bochner, a concert pianist,[2][3] until his death of cancer on October 29, 2005, at the age of 81 at home in Santa Monica, California. Lloyd Bochner left behind three children Hart Lloyd Bochner (actor, who also did voices for Batman), Paul[4] and a daughter, Johanna.

Filmography

Drums of Africa (1963)
The Night Walker (1964)
Harlow (1965)
Sylvia (1965)
Stranger on the Run (1967)
Point Blank (1967)
The Dunwich Horror (1970)
Ulzana's Raid (1972)
The Man in the Glass Booth (1975)
The Lonely Lady (1983)
Fine Gold (1989)
 

 
 

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