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Name: Lloyd Nolan                                                                         
Born: 11 August 1902 San Francisco, California, US                                       
Died: 27 September 1985 Los Angeles, California, US                                       
Lloyd Benedict Nolan (August 11, 1902 – September 27, 1985) was an American film       
and television actor.                                                                     
Nolan was born in San Francisco, California to Margaret and James Nolan. He               
began his career on stage and was subsequently lured to Hollywood, where he               
played mainly doctors, detectives, and police officers in many movie roles.               
Although many critics hailed his acting ability and it was generally                     
acknowledged that he never gave a bad performance, Nolan was relegated to B               
movies for the most part. Yet even so, he costarred with such actresses as Mae           
West, Dorothy McGuire, and the former Metropolitan Opera soprano, Gladys                 
Swarthout. Under contract to Paramount and 20th Century Fox studios, he assayed           
starring roles in the late 30s and early-to-mid 40s and appeared as the lead             
character of the "Michael Shayne" detective series.                                       
The majority of his films comprised light entertainment with an emphasis on               
action. His most famous films include: Atlantic Adventure, costarring Nancy               
Carroll; Ebb Tide; Wells Fargo; Every Day's A Holiday, starring Mae West; Bataan;         
and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, with Dorothy McGuire and James Dunn. He also gave           
a strong performance in the 1957 film Peyton Place with Lana Turner.                     
Nolan subsequently contributed many solid and key character parts in numerous             
other films. And later in his career, he returned to the stage and appeared on           
TV to great acclaim in The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, for which he received an           
Emmy award, as well as in the pioneering TV series, Julia, starring Diahann               
Nolan died of lung cancer in Los Angeles, California, at age 83.