Sam appeared on Scrubs for eight years. (Picture: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Actor Sam Lloyd may have been best known for playing beaten down lawyer Ted Buckland from Scrubs, but his character could not have been any further from the man the actor was in real life.
Sam – also known for appearing in the likes of Seinfeld, The West Wing, Desperate Housewives, Flubber and Galaxy Quest – passed away at the age of 56, 16 months after he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.
Following the sad new of his death, his former Scrubs co-stars including Zach Braff and Sarah Chalke took to social media to share tributes to the much-loved actor, with the former saying ‘he could not have been a kinder man’.
Zach, who played JD on the show, tweeted: ‘Rest In Peace to one of the funniest actors I’ve ever had the joy of working with. Sam Lloyd made me crack up and break character every single time we did a scene together.
Rest In Peace to one of the funniest actors Iâve ever had the joy of working with. Sam Lloyd made me crack up and break character every single time we did a scene together. He could not have been a kinder man. I will forever cherish the time I had with you, Sammy. pic.twitter.com/wwyvGNbveG
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) May 1, 2020
‘He could not have been a kinder man. I will forever cherish the time I had with you, Sammy.’
A man who loved music, hugs, people and to laugh, Sam’s talent as an actor was proven by how well he could transform into someone that was so unlike himself.
Sam Lloyd also appeared in Cougar Town. (Picture: Walt Disney Television via Getty)
Speaking to news.com.au in September 2015, Sam admitted that playing such a downtrodden character had its pitfalls, with people on the street noticing how ‘well’ he looked out of character.
He said: ‘Very often, when people see me on the streets they would tell me it was great to see me looking so healthy.
‘Then there were people who just wanted to give me hugs because they felt so bad for me. I didn’t mind because I love hugs.’
Despite playing a character that battled depression and lived a difficult life, Sam said in an interview with the University Observer in 2013 that he ‘was able to keep a sense of humour about it, but after a while, you know, I was ready to be happy again.’
Although he found the role ‘tiring’, his optimism and enthusiasm for his career and craft meant that he still loved his job.
‘It was a blast,’ he said, ‘and you know, at the end of the day it was all for the fun, so it was great.’
While he considered himself lucky to have landed a role on such a popular and successful show, Sam also admitted that he was relieved when it was time to hang up Ted’s briefcase: ‘It was really fun, but after a few years of being sad all the time, I just wanted to be happy.’
Sam Lloyd was nothing like Ted from Scrubs and was happy to hang up his briefcase after 8 years. (Picture: NBC)
On a GoFundMe for the actor, his friend Tim Hobert wrote that a new targeted therapy drug that the star had been taking had allowed Sam to share important moments with his family in the last year before his passing, including his only son’s first birthday.
Tim said: ‘In the 13 months since Sam’s original diagnosis, with help from you guys (incredible people from all over the world), he has made the most of the time that he has been given. He was able to go back to his home state of Vermont and play his annual gig with his Beatles band, The Butties. He was able to do guest spots on Modern Family and American Housewife that allowed him to qualify for the Screen Actors Guild insurance policy.
‘He was able to spend time with dear friends, help his mother in the last stages of her life, and sing for her at her funeral, and most importantly, he was able to spend time with his wife, Vanessa, and celebrate Weston’s first birthday!’
He also wrote: ‘For 13 months Sam lived life to the fullest, treasuring every moment.
‘He saw his son, Weston, turn 1, he was able to hold his mom’s hand as she took her last breath, and as Sam always loved to say, “he made music along the way.”’
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