By Maureen Lee Lenker
Updated May 04, 2020 at 10:41 AM EDT
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Sam Lloyd, the actor best known for his portrayal of hangdog lawyer Ted Buckland on Scrubs, died April 30 of complications from lung cancer. He was 56.

Lloyd's wife, Vanessa Lloyd, said in a statement provided to EW, "Our family is devastated. It doesn't feel real. It never will. It just feels like he will walk through the door. The overwhelming outpouring of love and sharing your stories about working with or knowing Sam keeps his memory alive and our hearts strong. Sam loved his work. I want to continue his legacy, and hope to share some of the beautiful songs he was working on for his musical and our son, Weston."

Lloyd was diagnosed with cancer in January 2019, sparking a GoFundMe campaign supported by friends, colleagues, and fans.

A steady screen presence for three decades, Lloyd appeared in a litany of movies and TV shows, including Cougar Town, Modern Family, Desperate Housewives, The West Wing, and Galaxy Quest. He came from an acting family. His father, Sam Lloyd III, was also an actor, and he was the nephew of Back to the Future's Christopher Lloyd. Lloyd appeared on screen with his uncle multiple times, guest-starring together on Malcolm in the Middle and The West Wing. 

Lloyd was beloved for his portrayal of singing attorney Ted Buckland on NBC's Scrubs, which he played in 95 episodes and reprised on ABC's Cougar Town. He had a memorable extended role as Dr. Albert Goldfine, Bree's (Marcia Cross) marriage counselor, on Desperate Housewives. Seinfeld fans will also recognize him as Ricky, the guy who became obsessed with Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and designed mannequins that resembled her after meeting her on the subway.

The actor was also known for his musical work; his a cappella group the Blanks appeared several times on Scrubs, and he was a member of a Beatles tribute band called the Butties.

Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence paid tribute to Lloyd with a Twitter post: "Thinking a lot about Sam Lloyd today. (Ted). Truly such a kind, sweet guy. He will be missed by so many."

Star Zach Braff also paid tribute to Lloyd, writing, "Rest In Peace to one of the funniest actors I’ve ever had the joy of working with. Sam Lloyd made me crack up and break character every single time we did a scene together. He could not have been a kinder man. I will forever cherish the time I had with you, Sammy."

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