Norman Alden 1980s
Norman Alden
Biographical information
Date of birthSeptember 13, 1924 in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
Age (1931)7
Age (1955)31
Age (1985)61
Physical description
Hair colorGrey
Behind-the-scenes information

Norman Alden was an veteran character actor who played the role of Lou Caruthers in Back to the Future. Born on September 13, 1924, in Fort Worth, Texas, 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 voice 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 87 on July 27, 2012 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.from natural causes. He is survived by his two children from his first marriage, one grandson, and his partner of 25 years, Linda Thieben.[2][3][4]


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