Syracuse College alumnus and actor Samuel Lloyd Jr. was not Hollywood. His complete life, he despised “phonies,” mentioned former faculty roommate George Miserlis. However in a profession spanning greater than three a long time, family and friends mentioned Lloyd by no means modified his character.
“Hollywood’s a brutal place, and he’s under no circumstances Hollywood,” mentioned Lloyd’s spouse, Vanessa Villalovos.
Lloyd made a reputation for himself within the trade as a longtime character actor on the small display screen in reveals similar to “Seinfeld” and “The West Wing.” The actor died on April 30 in Los Angeles after being recognized with lung most cancers 15 months earlier. He was 56 years previous.
Lloyd was finest recognized for taking part in Ted Buckland, a “sad-sack” lawyer, on the TV present “Scrubs.” Pals, household and viewers alike keep in mind his slapstick humor and fast wit.
“He was all the time that man who would do one thing goofy,” mentioned Mark Snelson, a buddy and former SU classmate of Lloyd’s. “He was by no means afraid to make a idiot of himself.”
Lloyd grew up in Weston, Vermont, with 4 siblings. As a child, he wrote and acted in his personal Tremendous 8mm films along with his siblings and neighborhood children. He liked traditional horror films like “Frankenstein,” “Dracula” and “Creature of the Black Lagoon.”
As early as elementary college, Lloyd rode the bus with a ventriloquist dummy. Different children would make enjoyable of him, however he didn’t care, mentioned his sister Laurel. He was simply being himself, and he carried that perspective to SU.
Miserlis remembers assembly Lloyd by likelihood throughout a meet-and-greet only some days into his freshman yr at SU. In a sea of about 700 Faculty of Visible and Performing Arts freshmen, the primary pupil Miserlis spoke to was carrying a T-shirt that learn “I’m okay, you’re a d*nk.” That pupil was Lloyd.
“Do you want music? … Do you want theater?” Miserlis remembers the 2 requested one another as icebreakers.
Lloyd had an affinity for each leisure retailers. His mother and father had been actors, and his uncle Christopher Lloyd was on the hit TV present “Taxi” on the time and later starred within the “Again to the Future” collection. Lloyd additionally spent summers in his hometown performing on the Weston Playhouse.
In early 1983, Lloyd shaped The Butties, a Beatles cowl band, with Paul Perry, Rob “Robbo” Morey and one other pupil, Mark Humble. Lloyd performed the function of Paul McCartney. The quartet would have gigs booked by Miserlis, their supervisor on the time, and performed within the basement of SU’s Shaw Corridor and bars in Syracuse.
As a bass guitarist, the right-handed Lloyd realized to play a Hofner bass left-handed like his idol McCartney. He additionally sang and performed the piano, guitar and drums, Perry mentioned.
“He opened up that complete world to us, and it was fantastic to be part of that,” Humble mentioned.
Lloyd was additionally meticulous about getting down each musical nuance of The Beatles’ recordings to duplicate in The Butties’ performances, his bandmates mentioned. “Are you able to hear it? Are you able to hear it?” he’d say, replaying a bit of a music. Even after taking part in the identical songs for many years, he continuously tweaked his bass elements.
“He was all the time actually all for ensuring that we actually tried to seize each little nuance,” Morey mentioned. “He was simply the glue.”
The group performed reveals in Weston, Vermont, till 2019. What saved the group collectively for therefore lengthy was their humorousness, Humble mentioned. Lloyd, particularly, was all the time capable of mild up a room along with his humor and improvisational expertise.
“The Butties would come into city, and you’ll see folks throughout city and ‘Oh, Sam’s again,’ and ‘Oh, The Butties are right here,’’’ Morey mentioned. “As a result of Sam was type of a neighborhood celeb by then.”
Whether or not it was roaming Marshall Avenue with Snelson in Batman and Robin costumes for his or her College Union Tv present “The Dynamic Duo Uncover” or singing songs along with his a cappella group in an elevator as Ted on “Scrubs,” Lloyd was all the time capable of get amusing.
Within the early ‘90s, Lloyd shaped the a cappella group “The Blanks” with Miserlis, Perry and Philip McNiven. Invoice Lawrence, the creator of “Scrubs,” liked their efficiency at a vacation social gathering a lot that he forged them on the present because the fictional group The Nugatory Peons. They carried out all through the present’s eight seasons.
In 2007, Vanessa Villalovos met Lloyd at one other vacation social gathering. The 2 later married in 2017. Quickly after, they’d a child and named him Weston after the city in Vermont that meant a lot to them.
In January 2019, Lloyd was recognized with lung most cancers and commenced receiving therapy.
Because of a focused remedy drug, Lloyd continued to dwell his life usually for 11 months in between hospital visits. He carried out with The Butties, appeared in episodes of “Fashionable Household” and “American Housewife” and sang at his mom’s funeral.
Then, in February 2020, Lloyd went to the emergency room with swelling in his mind. He died on April 30.
“He was very a lot the man who was reminding us how fortunate all of us had been to have one another and to be alive,” Snelson mentioned. “And now, in fact, I perceive him greater than ever.”
Of their California residence, Villalovos and Weston are starting life with out Lloyd. Reminiscences stay of him: espresso mugs, his Hofner bass and a mint situation 2006 White Mini Cooper — the primary new automobile he ever purchased. Lloyd all the time saved issues in wonderful situation, Villalovos mentioned. She goes to do the identical.
On terraced rock partitions in the back and front yard, there are cacti and succulents Lloyd tended to since 2005 — his “pleasure and pleasure” earlier than his son was born. Lloyd’s mom had a backyard again in Weston. When he purchased his home, he was capable of have his personal.
“I don’t have a inexperienced thumb,” Villalovos mentioned. “However I’m going to do no matter I can to maintain the backyard up and to Sam’s requirements.”
Printed on Could 11, 2020 at 5:24 pm