Norman Alden
Norman Alden
Biographical information
Date of birthSeptember 13, 1924
Age (1925)1
Age (1931)7
Age (1955)31
Age (1985)61
Age (2015)91 (died July 27, 2012)
Physical description
Hair colorGrey
Behind-the-scenes information

Norman Alden (born Norman Adelberg on September 13, 1924, in Fort Worth, Texas; d. July 27, 2012 in Los Angeles, California) was a veteran character actor, who played the role of Lou Carruthers in Back to the Future.

Alden served in World War II, and even skated in the roller derby, before perfecting a stand-up comedy routine.

Other roles[]

Alden was signed to a development deal by NBC in 1954, where he got a role in its series Matinee Theater.[1] As a character actor, he frequently played mostly tough guys and authority figures, often in sports team coach or police detective type roles. In Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, he had a memorable appearance as a coach who drowned after collapsing face-down into a bowl of chicken soup, and he coached Burt Reynolds and Kris Kristofferson in the film Semi-Tough.

Alden was also the voice of Aquaman, on Super Friends & The All New Super Friends Hour. He reprised this role brief for a commercial crossing over Super Friends and The Powerpuff Girl. The commercial included Blossom being voiced by Cathy Cavadini.[1]

In 1986, Alden voiced Kranix on The Transformers: The Movie, which also had Hal Rayle voicing Shrapnel and Neil Ross voicing Bonecrusher, Hook, Springer and Slag.

He also played a truck driver in the 1998 film Patch Adams, which included Frances Lee McCain as Nurse Judy and Michael X. Sommers as a psych patient.

Alden died at the age of eighty-seven on July 27, 2012 in Los Angeles, California from natural causes. He was survived by his two children from his first marriage to Sharon Hayden, one grandson, and his partner of twenty-five years, Linda Thieben.[2][3][4]

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