Lloyd Nolan, best known for portraying private detective Michael Shane in several B movies during the 1940s, would become a veteran character actor with a career spanning from 1929 to 1985. Nolan would go on to become an accomplished actor co-starring in films with the likes of John Wayne in Island in the Sky (1953) and Lana Turner in Peyton Place (1957).
Nolan may have been well known for his film career, but he was also a champion for autistic children. Nolan, whose son was autistic, founded the Jay Nolan Community Services (nee Jay Nolan Autistic Center) in honor of his son who passed away at the age of 26. In the early 1970s, Nolan convinced his friend Ronald Reagan, then governor of California, to sign a state bill requiring that education be provided to autistic children.
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