Was Steve McQueen and Clint Eastwood’s only onscreen appearance together in an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents?

Did frequent Hitchcock collaborator Norman Lloyd bring together two future superstars before they were famous?

The season four Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode “Human Interest Story” follows Steve McQueen as a young reporter who, on a slow news night, interviews a man claiming to be a Martian. Character actor Arthur Hill portrays the self-identified extraterrestrial who plays against McQueen’s cool skepticism perfectly. Add in the usual Hitchcock twist at the end and it becomes a great episode of television.

Norman Lloyd, who worked in Hollywood across nine decades and recently passed away at the age of 106, was a producer on Alfred Hitchcock Presents, acted in five episodes and directed 19 others (not to mention three episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour). He also appeared in numerous Alfred Hitchcock movies. As director of “Human Interest Story” he cast the 29-year-old McQueen who had just finished his first season of Wanted Dead or Alive.

Little did Lloyd or anyone else on set know that the actor they were working with was about to become one of the biggest movie stars in the world. But by sheer coincidence McQueen wasn’t the only one!

According to IMDb, none other than Clint Eastwood appears as a background actor in one quick shot of McQueen walking through the newsroom. There are two actors who could be Eastwood and the one pictured on the left above certainly looks like him.

If that is in fact Eastwood, it would be the only time he and McQueen ever worked together in a series or movie. Though they both skyrocketed to film fame after starring in TV Westerns, their paths never crossed, at least not onscreen.

McQueen starred in another episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents a year later called “Man from the South.” There weren’t any up-and-coming movie stars hiding in the background of this one but it did feature McQueen’s real-life wife, Neile Adams, and horror icon Peter Lorre. It was also another episode directed by Norman Lloyd.

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AgingDisgracefully 35 months ago
Clint's still alive as of today.
Why not ask him to confirm this?
Claire 36 months ago
In the blob was Steve McQueens girlfriend none other than Helen Crump?!

Let me know
Claire 36 months ago
Claire cabugi 36 months ago
I still love all those “B” movies
And who didn’t
Andybandit 36 months ago
Cool story. Clint Eastwood is a good actor and director. Steve McQueen was a good actor. To bad Steve passed away too young. Scott Eastwood, Clint Eastwood son is a good actor and very handsome.
Rik 36 months ago
The King of Cool and Clint in a movie would've been such a treat...
LaDolceVita 36 months ago
Steve McQueen was so handsome. I liked him in every movie I watch with him. I don't see all his movies but a few.
LittleMissNoName 36 months ago
Fuming LittleMissNoName 36 months ago
Norman Lloyd falling off the Statue of Liberty in Alfred Hitchcock's movue Saboteur. I liked him in AH Presents "the little man who was there" nice twist in that one.
texasluva LittleMissNoName 36 months ago
Stay tuned because in the next couple of weeks I will be showing that as a bonus movie. I found it on IA this past month.
texasluva LittleMissNoName 36 months ago
!!Wanted!! but preferred Alive
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Moverfan Fuming 36 months ago
Never would have known him from that picture--the first time I saw him was on St. Elsewhere (still a handsome gentleman). Hang on, Doc! Fiscus is getting a ladder!
texasluva LittleMissNoName 36 months ago
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MrsPhilHarris 36 months ago
I don’t think it’s Clint Eastwood.
LoveMETV22 MrsPhilHarris 36 months ago
It's a mystery. The only mention in the story is IMDb which lists him as a character. No mention on Wikipedia. You may be right.
texasluva MrsPhilHarris 36 months ago
On Wikipedia there are a few sections. First was Film. At the bottom is TV. I have copied down to 1959 in which he was supposed to be in this episode. It states he is.

Clint Eastwood's television credits
Year Title Functioned as Notes Ref(s)
Actor Director Producer Role
1955 Allen in Movieland Yes No No Orderly TV film [146]
Highway Patrol Yes No No Joe Keeley Episode: "Motorcycle A" [147]
1956 Death Valley Days Yes No No John Lucas 2 episodes [148]
TV Reader's Digest Yes No No Lt. Wilson Episode: "Cochise, Greatest of the Apaches" [149]
1957 The West Point Story Yes No No Cadet Bob Salter Episode: "White Fury" [150]
1958 Navy Log Yes No No Burns Episode: "The Lonely Watch" [151]
1959 Maverick Yes No No Red Hardigan Episode: "Duel at Sundown" [152]
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Yes No No Newsman Episode: "Human Interest Story"
MrsPhilHarris texasluva 36 months ago
I can’t remember which it was that said Jerry Mathers was on I Love Lucy and he wasn’t. I’m going to try to find the episode and watch it.
LoveMETV22 texasluva 36 months ago
Good catch. i couldn't find it doing a general search for CE. Did see it by searching CE Filmography. 1959- Alfred Hitchcock Presents- Newsman - Episode: "Human Interest Story" [153].
texasluva LoveMETV22 36 months ago
When you look at the photo that supposed to be Clint he sort of looks different. Though the hair is a dead give away. I photo quality is not that great either. I then checked his TV credits and there He was.
justjeff 36 months ago
I'm surprised that (for the moment) Norman Lloyd's passing is relegated to a short "footnote" (of sorts) by MeTV for this topic.

From "Citizen Kane" to "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" to "St. Elsewhere" and plenty of places in-between, Lloyd had a storied career.

To make it to 106 was an amazing blessing, and talents like his will not pass this way again...
frances3agape justjeff 36 months ago
So SAD to hear about Lloyd - I was hoping he would make it to 100-teen
A man of many talents
One of my fave Johnny Carson episodes has a long interview with Lloyd
He told many FASCINATING ancedotes
his imdb page is https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0516093/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm
LoveMETV22 36 months ago
What a talented actor and director Clint Eastwood is. An impressive repertoire to his name.
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