Sam Lloyd

Samuel R. Lloyd Jr. (November 12, 1963 – April 30, 2020)[1] was an American actor, singer, and musician, best known for his portrayal of lawyer Ted Buckland on the comedy-drama series Scrubs and the sitcom Cougar Town.

Sam Lloyd
Lloyd smiling
Lloyd in February 2009
Born
Samuel Lloyd Jr.

(1963-11-12)November 12, 1963
DiedApril 30, 2020(2020-04-30) (aged 56)
Alma materSyracuse University
OccupationActor, singer, musician
Years active1988–2019
Spouse(s)Vanessa Lloyd
Children1
RelativesChristopher Lloyd (uncle)

Early lifeEdit

Lloyd was born in Springfield, Vermont, on November 12, 1963, the son of Marianna McGuffin and Samuel Lloyd Sr.,[1] an actor.[2] One of five siblings including Laurel, Robin, Sandra, and Jackson, he was the nephew of actor Christopher Lloyd.[2]

He attended Syracuse University in the 1980s.[3] There he starred in friend Paul Perry's student film Fan Mail, which Lloyd described as a "clever, fun, kind of homage to silent films."[4]

CareerEdit

Lloyd is best known for his portrayal of lawyer Ted Buckland on the comedy-drama series Scrubs and the sitcom Cougar Town. He and his uncle both guest starred on Malcolm in the Middle, Lloyd as a housing lawyer and his uncle as Hal's father. The two also guested on The West Wing, Lloyd requesting the White House to release information about UFOs and his uncle as a constitutional law expert. He also appeared in Desperate Housewives as Albert Goldfine. Aside from acting, Lloyd was an accomplished singer with the a cappella group The Blanks,[3][5] who made many appearances on Scrubs under the name The Worthless Peons (also known as Ted's Band).[6] He also played the bass guitar in a Beatles tribute group called the Butties; although right-handed, he learned to play bass left-handed like Beatles bassist Paul McCartney to maintain authenticity.[7]

Illness and deathEdit

In January 2019, Lloyd was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, which was subsequently revealed to be metastatic lung cancer that had spread to his liver, spine, and jaw.[8][9][10] His wife Vanessa had given birth to their son, Weston, around the time Lloyd received his diagnosis. He died on April 30, 2020, in Los Angeles at the age of 56.[6][11]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Title Year Role Notes Ref(s)
Rising Sun 1993 Rick [12]
Flubber 1997 Coach Willy Barker [6]
Galaxy Quest 1999 Neru [6]
Scorcher 2002 Fingers [13][14]
The Mudge Boy 2003 Ray Blodgett [15]
The Real Old Testament 2003 Abraham [13]
Advantage Hart 2003 Gus Blanderskud Short [13]
Spelling Bee 2004 Dr. Jacobs Short [13]
The Swidge 2004 Gil Short [13]
Back by Midnight 2004 Deputy [13]
Cry for Help 2005 John Short [13]
The Brothers Solomon 2007 Dr. Spencer [16]
ExTerminators 2009 Hutt [17]
Super Capers 2009 Herman Brainard [17]

TelevisionEdit

Title Year Role Notes Ref(s)
Night Court 1988–1989 Balloon Salesman / Waiter 2 episodes [18]
City 1990 Lance Armstrong Main role, 13 episodes [13]
Matlock 1992 Waiter 1 episode [19]
Seinfeld 1993–1994 Ricky 2 episodes [6][18]
Double Rush 1995 Barkley Main role, 13 episodes [19]
A Bucket of Blood 1995 Leonard Television movie [13]
Coach 1996 Ed 1 episode [12]
Champs 1995 Bulldog 1 episode [13]
Mad About You 1997 Cousin David 2 episodes [13]
The Drew Carey Show 1997 Jack 1 episode [13]
3rd Rock from the Sun 1997–1998 Eddie 2 episodes [20]
Two Guys and a Girl 1999 Career Counsellor 1 episode [13]
Spin City 1998–2000 Paleontologist / Walter 2 episodes [21]
The West Wing 1999–2002 U.S. Space Commander Bob Engler 2 episodes [6][18]
Battery Park 2000 Roy Galilean / Ray Giddeon 3 episodes [13]
NYPD Blue 2000 Larry 1 episode [13]
Scrubs 2001–2009 Ted Buckland Recurring role, 95 episodes [6]
The Nightmare Room 2002 Mr. Murphy 1 episode [13]
Desperate Housewives 2004–2005 Dr. Albert Goldfine Recurring role, 8 episodes [6][18]
Malcolm in the Middle 2005 Jim 1 episode [6]
Numb3rs 2009 Group Leader 1 episode [22]
Medium 2010 Danny Watson 1 episode [23]
Cougar Town 2011–2012 Ted Buckland 3 episodes [6]
The Middle 2012–2013 Mr. Walker 3 episodes [21]
Modern Family 2014–2019 Lester / Bobby 2 episodes [6]
Bones 2014 Donald McKeon 1 episode [21][22]
Shameless 2015 Buddy Diamond 1 episode [6]
Dr. Ken 2016 Gary 1 episode [24]
Happy Together 2018 Gene Johnston 1 episode [25]
American Housewife 2019 Sam Marks 1 episode [25]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "'Scrubs' actor Sam Lloyd dies at 56". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on June 1, 2020. Retrieved June 12, 2020. Samuel Lloyd Jr. was born on Nov. 12, 1963, in Springfield, Vt., to Marianna McGuffin and Samuel Lloyd Sr.
  2. ^ a b "Weston theater fixture Sam Lloyd, 91, was a community leader, philanthropist". The Chester Telegraph. Chester, Vermont. March 24, 2017. Archived from the original on April 22, 2020. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "'Scrubs' Actor, Syracuse alum Sam Lloyd dead at 56". Syracuse, New York: WSYR-TV. May 2, 2020. Archived from the original on May 2, 2020. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  4. ^ Baker, Chris (October 8, 2014). "From Syracuse University to 'Scrubs' and back: Sam Lloyd recalls his roots at SU". Archived from the original on May 2, 2020. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  5. ^ The Blanks official website. Retrieved on May 2, 2020. Archived from the original on April 23, 2020.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Shafer, Elise (May 1, 2020). "Sam Lloyd, 'Scrubs' Actor, Dies at 56". Variety. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  7. ^ The Butties Website
  8. ^ Goldblatt, Daniel (February 5, 2019). "'Scrubs' Star Sam Lloyd Diagnosed With Cancer". The Blast. Archived from the original on February 7, 2019. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  9. ^ Hohman, Maura (February 5, 2019). "'Scrubs' actor Sam Lloyd diagnosed with lung cancer weeks after welcoming new baby". People. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  10. ^ Mee, Emily (February 6, 2019). "Scrubs actor diagnosed with cancer weeks after becoming a father". Sky News. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  11. ^ Drury, Sharareh (May 1, 2020). "'Scrubs' Actor Sam Lloyd Dies at 56". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 2, 2019. Survivors include his wife, Vanessa, and their son, Weston, born in 2019.
  12. ^ a b "'Scrubs' Actor Sam Lloyd Dead at 56 | ExtraTV.com". Extra. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Sam Lloyd | Encyclopedia.com". www.encyclopedia.com. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  14. ^ "Sam Lloyd – Miramax". www.miramax.com. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  15. ^ "The Mudge Boy | TV Guide". TVGuide.com. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  16. ^ "Sam Lloyd Dies, 'Scrubs' and 'Cougar Town' Star Was 56". TVweb. May 2, 2020. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  17. ^ a b "Sam Lloyd". www.blu-ray.com. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  18. ^ a b c d Hoffman, Jordan. "Sam Lloyd, Scrubs Co-Star, Dies at Age 56". Vanity Fair. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  19. ^ a b Gifford, Storm. "'Scrubs' co-star Sam Lloyd, who played lawyer Ted Buckland, dead at 56". nydailynews.com. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  20. ^ "'Scrubs' Creator Bill Lawrence Posts Heartfelt Message on Sam Lloyd After His Death at 56". Celebrity. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  21. ^ a b c "'Scrubs' Actor Sam Lloyd's Wife Releases Statement on Star's Death Due to Lung Cancer". TV. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  22. ^ a b "Scrubs star Sam Lloyd dies aged 56". Radio Times. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  23. ^ "Sam Lloyd | TV Guide". TVGuide.com. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
  24. ^ Trepany, Charles. "Sam Lloyd from 'Scrubs' dies at 56; Zach Braff, Ken Jeong pay tribute to comedic actor". USA TODAY. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
  25. ^ a b Petski, Denise (May 2, 2020). "Sam Lloyd Dies: 'Scrubs' Actor Who Appeared On 'Seinfeld' & 'West Wing' Was 56". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 2, 2020.

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