Danny Lloyd

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Danny Lloyd
Born (1972-10-13) October 13, 1972 (age 46)
Pekin, Illinois, United States
Years active1979–1982

Danny Lloyd (born October 13, 1972, confirmed by Lloyd himself) is an American teacher and former child actor most 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's first and best-known role is that of Danny Torrance in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980).[3] 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 also interviewed in Making 'The Shining' (1980), filmed by Vivian Kubrick. Despite his well-received performance in The Shining, Lloyd retired from acting after his appearance as 'Young Liddy' in the television film, Will: G. Gordon Liddy (1982).[2]

In 2007, Lloyd became a biology professor at a community college in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1980 The Shining Danny Torrance
1982 Will: G. Gordon Liddy Young Liddy TV Movie, (final film role)
1984 Terror in the Aisles Danny Torrance (archival footage)


  1. ^ Ellen, Barbara (29 October 2017). "What a Shining example to child stars of today". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Danny Lloyd - About This Person". The New York Times. Baseline. All Media Guide, LLC. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
  3. ^ Maslin, Janet (23 May 1980). "Movie Review: The Shining". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Archived from the original on 13 July 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
  4. ^ Daniel, Hugo; Beekman, Daniel (7 October 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 6 October 2018. Retrieved 5 April 2014.

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