Danny Lloyd

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Danny Lloyd
Daniel Edward Sidney Lloyd

(1972-10-13) October 13, 1972 (age 49)
OccupationChild actor
Years active
  • 1978–1982
  • 2018
(as actor)
Spouse(s)Jessi Diana Brackett

Daniel Edward Sidney Lloyd (born October 13, 1972) is an American former child actor best known for his role as Danny Torrance in the horror film The Shining (1980)[1] an adaptation of Stephen King's 1977 novel of the same name.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Lloyd was born in Tremont, Illinois.[3] His first and best-known role is that of Danny Torrance in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980).[4] He was selected for the role due to his ability to maintain his concentration for extended periods. In the DVD commentary by Garrett Brown and John Baxter, they state that Kubrick was able to film all of Lloyd's scenes without the six-year-old actor realizing he was in a horror film. He was led to believe that he was just acting in a drama film about a family who lives in a hotel.

Lloyd was interviewed in Making The Shining (1980), filmed by Kubrick's daughter, Vivian Kubrick. Despite his well-received performance in The Shining, Lloyd retired from acting at the age of ten after his appearance as young G. Gordon Liddy in the television film Will: G. Gordon Liddy (1982).[2]

In 2004, Lloyd became associate professor at the department of biology at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.[5]

In 2019, Lloyd appeared in a cameo role as a spectator at a baseball game in the Shining sequel Doctor Sleep, his first acting role in 36 years.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Lloyd is married to Jessi Bowers (born 1981) and has two children and two step children from his wife's previous relationship.



Year Movie Role Notes
1980 The Shining Danny Torrance
1982 Will: G. Gordon Liddy Young G. Gordon Liddy TV Movie
1984 Terror in the Aisles Danny Torrance Archive footage
2012 Room 237 Danny Torrance as Himself Documentary on The Shining
2019 Doctor Sleep Spectator Cameo


  1. ^ Ellen, Barbara (October 29, 2017). "What a Shining example to child stars of today". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Lucia Bozzola (2013). "Danny Lloyd - About This Person". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on July 12, 2012. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  3. ^ Flick, Bill (October 19, 2015). "Flick: Danny's taken a 'shining' to real life". The Pantagraph. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  4. ^ Maslin, Janet (May 23, 1980). "Movie Review: The Shining". The New York Times. Archived from the original on July 13, 2012. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  5. ^ Daniel, Hugo; Beekman, Daniel (October 7, 2013). "All work and no play — Dan Lloyd who played Danny Torrence in 'The Shining' went on to be a pig farmer and a high school teacher". New York Daily News. New York. Archived from the original on October 6, 2018. Retrieved April 5, 2014.
  6. ^ White, Nicholas (October 30, 2019). "How 'Doctor Sleep' Filmmakers Pulled Off That 'Shining' Cameo". Variety. Retrieved January 12, 2020.

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