Sam Lloyd

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Sam Lloyd
Sam Lloyd at WonderCon 2009.JPG
Sam Lloyd in 2009
Samuel Lloyd IV

(1963-11-12) November 12, 1963 (age 55)
OccupationActor, singer, musician
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)Vanessa Lloyd
Parent(s)Sam Lloyd III (deceased), Marianna McGuffin
RelativesChristopher Lloyd (uncle)
Lewis Henry Lapham (great grandfather)

Samuel Lloyd IV (born November 12, 1963) is an American character actor, a capella singer, and musician, best known for his portrayal of lawyer Ted Buckland on the American comedy-drama Scrubs and sitcom Cougar Town.


Lloyd attended Syracuse University. He is the nephew of Back to the Future star Christopher Lloyd, and his father, Sam Lloyd III, was also an actor.[1][2] He and his uncle both guested on Malcolm in the Middle, Sam Lloyd as a housing lawyer and Christopher Lloyd as Hal's father. The two also guested on The West Wing, Sam requesting the White House to release information about UFOs, and Christopher as a constitutional law expert. He also appeared in Desperate Housewives as Albert Goldfine.

Aside from acting, Sam Lloyd is an accomplished singer with the a cappella group The Blanks,[3] who made many appearances on Scrubs under the name "The Worthless Peons" (also known as "Ted's Band"). He also plays the bass in the The Beatles tribute group The Butties.[4]


In January 2019, Lloyd was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, which was subsequently revealed to be metastatic lung cancer, which has spread to his liver, spine and jaw bone.[5][6][7] His wife Vanessa had just recently given birth to their first child, son Weston, when Lloyd received his diagnosis. In May 2019, Sam announced on his GoFundMe page that the tumor and hematoma that were in his brain were "virtually gone" but he was not cancer-free or in remission. He also shared that he was able to resume work on his musical, "With Pam & Gil."





  1. ^ "Sam Lloyd Biography". Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  2. ^ "Weston theater fixture Sam Lloyd, 91, was a community leader, philanthropist". Chester Telegraph. March 24, 2017. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  3. ^ The Blanks Website
  4. ^ The Butties Website
  5. ^ Goldblatt, Daniel (February 5, 2019). "'Scrubs' Star Sam Lloyd Diagnosed With Cancer". The Blast. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  6. ^ Hohman, Maura (February 5, 2019). "'Scrubs' actor Sam Lloyd diagnosed with lung cancer weeks after welcoming new baby". People. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  7. ^ Mee, Emily (February 6, 2019). "Scrubs actor diagnosed with cancer weeks after becoming a father". Sky News. Retrieved September 8, 2019.

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