Lloyd Nolan

Lloyd Nolan


Also Known As
Lloyd Benedict Nolan
Birth Place
San Francisco, California, USA
August 11, 1902
September 27, 1985
Cause of Death
Lung Cancer


Compact, reliable, likable leading man of the 1930s and 40s, often as a cop, detective or gangster, primarily in low-budget action films, many of them quite good. Once dubbed "Hollywood's most popular forgotten man" by "This Week" magazine in 1949, Nolan--handsome, but not of the glamourous, pretty-boy type--gave good value for one's money in fine B-films like "King of Gamblers" (1937), ...

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Compact, reliable, likable leading man of the 1930s and 40s, often as a cop, detective or gangster, primarily in low-budget action films, many of them quite good. Once dubbed "Hollywood's most popular forgotten man" by "This Week" magazine in 1949, Nolan--handsome, but not of the glamourous, pretty-boy type--gave good value for one's money in fine B-films like "King of Gamblers" (1937), "Michael Shayne, Private Detective" (1940) and "Buy Me That Town" (1941). He also played important supporting roles in more expensive films including "The House on 92nd Street" and "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" (both 1945), and was especially fine as the father in a study of drug addiction, "A Hatful of Rain" (1957). Often taken for granted, Nolan finally enjoyed sizable acclaim on both Broadway and television in the mid-50s as the neurotic, dictatorial Captain Queeg in "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial." Later in life the prolific Nolan played many character roles; whether sympathetic or villainous, he retained the forceful, no-nonsense persona which marked most of his work. He co-starred with Diahann Carroll from 1968 to 1971 as the cantankerous but kindly Dr. Morton Chegley on the gentle sitcom "Julia," and, at the end of his distinguished career, contributed a striking performance as Mia Farrow's father in Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986).



Cast (Feature Film)

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Prince Jack (1984)
Joseph Kennedy
Valentine (1979)
My Boys Are Good Boys (1978)
Fire! (1977)
The Private Files Of J. Edgar Hoover (1977)
Attorney General Stone
Flight To Holocaust (1977)
Wilton Bender
The November Plan (1976)
The Abduction of Saint Anne (1975)
Carl Gentry
Isn't It Shocking? (1973)
Airport (1970)
Harry Standish
Ice Station Zebra (1968)
Admiral Garvey
The Double Man (1968)
Bill Edwards
Sergeant Ryker (1968)
Gen. Amos Bailey
An American Dream (1966)
Barney Kelly
Never Too Late (1965)
Mayor Crane
Circus World (1964)
Cap Carson
The Girl Hunters (1963)
Art Rickerby
We Joined the Navy (1962)
Susan Slade (1961)
Roger Slade
Portrait in Black (1960)
Matthew Cabot
Girl of the Night (1960)
Dr. Mitchell
A Hatful of Rain (1957)
John Pope, Sr.
Peyton Place (1957)
Dr. [Mathew] Swain
Abandon Ship (1957)
Frank Kelly
The Last Hunt (1956)
Toward the Unknown (1956)
Brig. Gen. Bill Banner
Santiago (1956)
Clay Pike
Crazylegs (1954)
Win "Brock" Brockmeyer
Island in the Sky (1953)
The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)
Oxford Charlie
The Sun Comes Up (1949)
Thomas I. Chandler
Bad Boy (1949)
Marshall Brown
Easy Living (1949)
The Street with No Name (1948)
Inspector George A. Briggs
Green Grass of Wyoming (1948)
Rob McLaughlin
Lady in the Lake (1947)
Lt. DeGarmot
Wild Harvest (1947)
Two Smart People (1946)
Bob Simms
Somewhere in the Night (1946)
Lt. Donald Kendall
The House on 92nd Street (1945)
Inspector George A. Briggs
Circumstantial Evidence (1945)
Sam Lord
Resisting Enemy Interrogation (1945)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
Officer McShane
Captain Eddie (1945)
Lt. Jim Whittaker
Guadalcanal Diary (1943)
Sgt. Hook Malone
Time to Kill (1943)
Michael Shayne
Bataan (1943)
Corp. Barney Todd [previously known as Danny Burns]
It Happened in Flatbush (1942)
Frank Maguire
The Man Who Wouldn't Die (1942)
Michael Shayne
Manila Calling (1942)
Lucky Matthews
Just Off Broadway (1942)
Michael Shayne
Apache Trail (1942)
"Trigger" Bill [Folliard]
Blue, White and Perfect (1942)
Michael Shayne
Steel Against the Sky (1941)
Rocky Evans
Buy Me That Town (1941)
Rickey Deane
Michael Shayne, Private Detective (1941)
Michael Shayne
Mr. Dynamite (1941)
Tommy N. Thornton [also known as "Mr. Dynamite"]
Dressed to Kill (1941)
Michael Shayne
Sleepers West (1941)
Michael Shayne
Blues in the Night (1941)
Del Davis
Pier 13 (1940)
Danny Dolan
Charter Pilot (1940)
King Morgan
Behind the News (1940)
Stuart Woodrow
Gangs of Chicago (1940)
Matthew J. Burns
The Man Who Wouldn't Talk (1940)
[Frank Stetson, alias] Joe Monday
The Man I Married (1940)
Kenneth Delane
The House Across the Bay (1940)
Slant [Kolma]
The Golden Fleecing (1940)
Gus Fender
Johnny Apollo (1940)
Mickey Dwyer
Ambush (1939)
Tony Andrews
The Magnificent Fraud (1939)
Sam Barr
Saint Louis Blues (1939)
Dave Guerney
Undercover Doctor (1939)
Robert Anders
Every Day's a Holiday (1938)
John Quade
Prison Farm (1938)
Larry Harrison
King of Alcatraz (1938)
Raymond Grayson
Hunted Men (1938)
Joe Albany
Tip-Off Girls (1938)
Bob Anders
Dangerous to Know (1938)
Inspector Brandon
King of Gamblers (1937)
Jim [Adams]
Internes Can't Take Money (1937)
Exclusive (1937)
Charles Gillette
Wells Fargo (1937)
Dal Slade
Ebb Tide (1937)
Lady of Secrets (1936)
Michael Harvey
You May Be Next! (1936)
Neil Bennett
Counterfeit (1936)
Capper Stevens
Devil's Squadron (1936)
Dana Kirk
The Texas Rangers (1936)
Sam McGee, "Polka Dot"
15 Maiden Lane (1936)
Detective Walsh
Big Brown Eyes (1936)
Russ Cortig
'G' Men (1935)
Hugh Farrell
Atlantic Adventure (1935)
Dan [Miller]
She Couldn't Take It (1935)
One Way Ticket (1935)
Stolen Harmony (1935)
Tex [Chesty] Burrage

Cast (Special)

Adams House (1983)
Frank Gallagher (Guest)
Call to Danger (1961)
Six Guns for Donegan (1959)
Sheriff Orville Darrow
Ah, Wilderness! (1959)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (1984)

Life Events


Made film debut in "Stolen Harmony"


Acted in last film, "Hannah and Her Sisters"

Photo Collections

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Fox' A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945), directed by Elia Kazan. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
The House on 92nd Street - Movie Posters
The House on 92nd Street - Movie Posters
The Sun Comes Up - Movie Posters
Here are a few original-release movie posters from MGM's The Sun Comes Up (1949) starring Jeanette MacDonald, Claude Jarman, Jr., and Lassie.
The House Across the Bay - Scene Stills
Here are some scene stills from Walter Wanger's The House Across the Bay (1940), starring George Raft, Joan Bennett, Lloyd Nolan, and Walter Pidgeon.


Movie Clip

Abandon Ship! (1957) -- (Movie Clip) To Die Without You! Cruise ship officer Alec Holmes (Tyrone Power, also the un-credited producer), after the sinking of the liner, has left one raft to save his girlfriend, nurse Julie (Mai Zetterling), then after shark trouble, McKinley (Stephen Boyd) hails them to the crowded boat of the ailing captain (Laurence Naismith), James Hayter as “Cookie” giving aid, early in Abandon Ship 1957.
Abandon Ship! (1957) -- (Movie Clip) We Can't Eat You With seaman Sam (Orlando Martins) in the water griping, ships' officer Alec Holmes (Tyrone Power), taking over from the dead captain, has to deal with a dog on the lifeboat, owned by Noel Willman, Clive Morton the offended General, Victor Maddern also in the drink, Mai Zetterling and Stephen Boyd supporting his commands, in Abandon Ship 1957.
Abandon Ship! (1957) -- (Movie Clip) Thirty-seven Survived The entire credit sequence was a slow camera move into this rusted, derelict mine, ending in the explosion, grim narration from writer-director Richard Sale, and the introduction of producer and star Tyrone Power, joining a raft with Finlay Currie, Robert Harris and distraught mother Sheila Manahan, in the British-made Columbia release, Abandon Ship, 1957.
Lady In The Lake (1947) -- (Movie Clip) You Like Our Jail? Director-star Robert Montgomery, in his subjective-camera experiment, playing Raymond Chandler's "Philip Marlowe," sees Lloyd Nolan ("Lt. DeGarmot") and Capt. Kane (Tom Tully) in The Lady In The Lake, 1947.
Easy Living (1949) -- (Movie Clip) I Just Follow My Heart Of Gold First scene for Lucille Ball as football team secretary Anne, getting hustled for a loan by quarterback Pete (Victor Mature) who passed out during practice earlier that day, and for Lizabeth Scott as his wife Liza, whose motives are iffy, Lloyd Nolan everybody’s boss, in Easy Living, 1949.
Easy Living (1949) -- (Movie Clip) Great Exploitation Star quarterback Pete (Victor Mature), whom we know has been feeling off today, has just met photographer Argus (Paul Stewart) as he joins fellow “New York Chiefs” (on location at with the Rams at L-A’s old Wrigley Field), Jack Paar as reporter Scoop, Lloyd Nolan the owner, early in Easy Living, 1949.
Peyton Place (1957) -- (Movie Clip) More Passionate Than Reason Janitor Lucas (Arthur Kennedy) commiserates with veteran teacher Miss Thornton (Mildred Dunnock), who had been favored to become the new principal, when board member Swain (Lloyd Nolan) brings in Rossi (Lee Philips), who got the job, in Peyton Place, 1957, from the Grace Metalious novel.
Street With No Name, The (1948) -- (Movie Clip) Organized Gangsterism streewtihtnoname_organizedgangsterism_FC
Street With No Name, The (1948) -- (Movie Clip) He Wants To Surrender Lloyd Nolan as agent Briggs is looking for a man for a specific job, so he visits Quantico, where we meet Mark Stevens as field agent Cordell, back for a refresher training course, doing well, recommended by superior John McIntire, in 20th Century-Fox’s The Street With No Name, 1948.
Blues In The Night (1941) -- (Movie Clip) It Got Too Hot Vampy Kay (Betty Field) negotiating with escaped convict and ex-gang boss Del (Lloyd Nolan) then trampling on her lackey semi-boyfriend Brad (Wallace Ford) in a grim scene from Anatole Litvak's Blues In The Night, 1941.
'G' Men (1935) -- (Movie Clip) Now We'll Trade Rights New Justice Department Bureau of Investigation recruit, and ex-lawyer, "Brick" Davis (James Cagney) begins some physical training with boss McCord (Robert Armstrong) and veteran Farrell (Lloyd Nolan), in Warner Bros.' 'G' Men, 1935.
Sun Comes Up, The (1949) -- (Movie Clip) Come On, Lassie! In MGM’s opening we learn that Jeanette MacDonald is widowed opera singer Helen, devoted to her son Hank (Darryl Hickman), who has a terrific collie, and Lewis Stone is Arthur, her conscientious manager, in the fifth picture in the Lassie series, The Sun Comes Up, 1949.


Abandon Ship - (Original Trailer) Tyrone Power would like to talk to you about his new movie, Abandon Ship (1957).
Susan Slade - (Original Trailer) A pregnant teen (Connie Stevens) allows her mother to pass the baby off as her own in Susan Slade (1961).
Green Grass of Wyoming - (Original Trailer) A roving stallion causes problems for Wyoming ranchers when he leads their blue-blooded racing mares off to join his wild horse herd in Green Grass of Wyoming (1948).
G-Men - (1949 Re-release Trailer) A mob protege joins the FBI when a friend is gunned down in G-Men (1935) starring James Cagney.
Two Smart People - (Original Trailer) A lady crook (Lucille Ball) tries to steal a con man's hidden loot in Two Smart People (1946).
Steel Against The Sky - (Original Trailer) Future husband and wife Craig Stevens and Alexis Smith first met on the bridge-building drama Steel Against The Sky (1941).
Lady In The Lake, The - (Original Trailer) Robert Montgomery stars in and directs Lady in the Lake (1946), portraying Philip Marlowe in a mystery shot entirely from the detective's viewpoint.
Bataan - (Original Trailer) Robert Taylor leads a do-or-die mission during World War II in Bataan (1943), co-starring George Murphy and Thomas Mitchell.
Sun Comes Up, The - (Original Trailer) Lassie helps Jeanette MacDonald find happiness with an orphaned boy in The Sun Comes Up (1949).
Island in the Sky -- (Original Trailer) it's a saga of survival as a WWII transport plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness in William Wellman's Island in the Sky (1953).
Wells Fargo - (Re-issue Trailer) An employee of an express shipping service helps to provide people with the supplies they need in Wells Fargo (1937).
Apache Trail - (Original Trailer) An outlaw and his brother are on opposite sides of a stagecoach robbery in Apache Trail (1942) starring Lloyd Nolan and Donna Reed.


James Nolan
Margaret Nolan