Syracuse College alumnus and actor Samuel Lloyd Jr. was not Hollywood. His whole life, he despised “phonies,” stated former school roommate George Miserlis. However in a profession spanning greater than three many years, family and friends stated Lloyd by no means modified his persona.
“Hollywood’s a brutal place, and he’s in no way Hollywood,” stated Lloyd’s spouse, Vanessa Villalovos.
Lloyd made a reputation for himself within the business as a longtime character actor on the small display in reveals akin 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 greatest identified for taking part in Ted Buckland, a “sad-sack” lawyer, on the TV present “Scrubs.” Mates, 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,” stated Mark Snelson, a good friend 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 motion pictures along with his siblings and neighborhood youngsters. He beloved traditional horror motion pictures like “Frankenstein,” “Dracula” and “Creature of the Black Lagoon.”
As early as elementary faculty, Lloyd rode the bus with a ventriloquist dummy. Different youngsters would make enjoyable of him, however he didn’t care, stated his sister Laurel. He was simply being himself, and he carried that perspective to SU.
Miserlis remembers assembly Lloyd by probability throughout a meet-and-greet just a few days into his freshman yr at SU. In a sea of about 700 School of Visible and Performing Arts freshmen, the primary scholar Miserlis spoke to was sporting a T-shirt that learn “I’m okay, you’re a d*nk.” That scholar 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 shops. His dad and mom 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” sequence. 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 scholar, Mark Humble. Lloyd performed the position 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 discovered to play a Hofner bass left-handed like his idol McCartney. He additionally sang and performed the piano, guitar and drums, Perry stated.
“He opened up that complete world to us, and it was fantastic to be part of that,” Humble stated.
Lloyd was additionally meticulous about getting down each musical nuance of The Beatles’ recordings to duplicate in The Butties’ performances, his bandmates stated. “Are you able to hear it? Are you able to hear it?” he’d say, replaying a piece of a music. Even after enjoying the identical songs for many years, he continuously tweaked his bass components.
“He was all the time actually concerned about ensuring that we actually tried to seize each little nuance,” Morey stated. “He was simply the glue.”
The group performed reveals in Weston, Vermont, till 2019. What stored the group collectively for therefore lengthy was their humorousness, Humble stated. Lloyd, particularly, was all the time in a position to gentle up a room along with his humor and improvisational expertise.
“The Butties would come into city, and you’d see individuals throughout city and ‘Oh, Sam’s again,’ and ‘Oh, The Butties are right here,’’’ Morey stated. “As a result of Sam was type of a neighborhood celeb by then.”
Whether or not it was roaming Marshall Road 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 in a position to get fun.
Within the early ‘90s, Lloyd shaped the a cappella group “The Blanks” with Miserlis, Perry and Philip McNiven. Invoice Lawrence, the creator of “Scrubs,” beloved their efficiency at a vacation get together 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 get together. The 2 later married in 2017. Quickly after, that they had 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 remedy.
On account of a focused remedy drug, Lloyd continued to reside 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 stated. “And now, in fact, I perceive him greater than ever.”
Of their California house, 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 automotive he ever purchased. Lloyd all the time stored issues in wonderful situation, Villalovos stated. 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 in a position to have his personal.
“I don’t have a inexperienced thumb,” Villalovos stated. “However I’m going to do no matter I can to maintain the backyard up and to Sam’s requirements.”
Revealed on Might 11, 2020 at 5:24 pm