Jeffrey Tambor

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Jeffrey Tambor
Photo of Jeffrey Tambor on the Delta Shuttle 2014-02-16 14-08.jpg
Tambor on the Delta Shuttle
Born Jeffrey Michael Tambor
(1944-07-08) July 8, 1944 (age 70)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1973–present
Spouse(s) Kathryn Mitchell (1991–2000; divorced)
Kasia Ostlun (2001–present; 4 children)

Jeffrey Michael Tambor (born July 8, 1944) is an American actor and voice actor, best known for his roles as Hank Kingsley on The Larry Sanders Show, as well as George Bluth Sr. and Oscar Bluth on Arrested Development.

Early life[edit]

Tambor was born in San Francisco, California, the son of Eileen (née Salzberg), a housewife, and Michael Bernard "Mike" Tambor, a flooring contractor. He grew up in a Conservative Jewish family with roots in Hungary and Kiev, Ukraine.[1][2][3] Tambor is a graduate of San Francisco State University, where he studied acting and then went on to receive a master's degree from Wayne State University.


Early career[edit]

Tambor first moved to repertory theater in Milwaukee, later making his Broadway debut in the comedy Sly Fox (1976), appearing with George C. Scott and directed by Arthur Penn. He appeared in Measure for Measure in the same year. In 1979 he starred in Norman Jewison's ...And Justice For All, as a lawyer friend of the protagonist, Arthur Kirkland (Al Pacino). In an early TV job, an ad for Avis rent-a-car, he was seen running (huffing and puffing) through an airport, mocking O. J. Simpson's "Go, O.J., go!" ads for Hertz. He has had a significant career in episodic TV, where he made numerous guest appearances on different shows, including Taxi, Kojak, M*A*S*H, The Golden Girls, and Three's Company. In 1979 Tambor got his first role as a main character in television in the short-lived show The Ropers. Throughout the 1980s Tambor had a recurring role on Hill Street Blues playing a judge. In 1987 and 1988, Tambor appeared as a regular on the prime time ABC series Max Headroom as Murray, Edison's editor.

The Larry Sanders Show[edit]

Tambor is often remembered as Hank Kingsley, the narcissistic sidekick of fictional talk show host Larry Sanders on The Larry Sanders Show. Tambor received four Emmy nominations for his performance on the show—all of which he would lose, to Michael Richards for Seinfeld, David Hyde Pierce for Frasier, and his co-star, Rip Torn. He is also often remembered for his then-famous catch phrase "Hey Now!"

Arrested Development[edit]

Beginning in 2003, Tambor starred in the television comedy Arrested Development as George Bluth, Sr. and in some episodes as his twin brother Oscar Bluth. The show was cancelled in 2006, after three seasons, but a fourth season was released on Netflix in 2013.

In 2004, Tambor received his fifth Emmy nomination for his work on the show. He lost to David Hyde Pierce for the final season of the sitcom Frasier. Tambor was nominated for a sixth time in 2005 but lost to Brad Garrett for the final season of Everybody Loves Raymond. The second episode of Arrested Development's third season lampooned this loss: Tambor's character's son describes his acting ability by saying, "It's a wonderful performance, Dad. You're a regular Brad Garrett."

Later work[edit]

Tambor served as the announcer (and occasional square) for the game show Hollywood Squares in 2002 and 2003. He was also the voice of King Neptune in 2004's The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. In the spring of 2005, he starred as George Aaronow in the Broadway revival of Glengarry Glen Ross.

After the cancellation of Arrested Development in April 2006, Tambor signed on to a series with John Lithgow called Twenty Good Years about two men who ponder the last 20 years of their life. The show premiered on NBC on October 11, 2006, but was taken off the air after only a few episodes. Also in 2006, he portrayed George Washington on The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd. He also starred as "Uncle" Saul in the CBS comedy Welcome to The Captain until its cancellation in March 2008. He has made several cameo appearances in Entourage as a fictionalized version of himself who regularly annoys his agent, Ari Gold.

For several years, based on his availability, Tambor has also taught a popular class for actors. He was formerly a longtime teaching associate of famed acting coach Milton Katselas.

In 2009, Tambor appeared in the animated film Monsters vs. Aliens and in the comedy The Hangover.

A role Tambor began in 2009 is that of the recurring character Len Trexler in the sardonic comedy Archer, an animated television series on the FX network. He is a major love interest to Malory Archer played by Jessica Walter – the two formerly playing husband and wife in Arrested Development.

In 2011, Tambor starred in an indie comedy, Lucky.[4] Also in 2011, he had a minor role in the film Paul with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, reprised his Hangover role for its sequel, and was featured in Flypaper, with Patrick Dempsey and Ashley Judd.

In 2012, he co-starred as Walt, Pete's aspiring musician father on the sitcom Bent starring Amanda Peet and David Walton.

In May 2013 he returned to season 4 of Arrested Development.

In February 2014, Amazon premiered its original series, Transparent, which stars Tambor as a transgender, divorced, Jewish father of three.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Tambor has been married three times and has six children. His oldest child, Molly Tambor, was born on July 5, 1975.

In 1991, Tambor married Kathryn Mitchell. They divorced in 2000. He has four children with Kasia Ostlun, whom he married in October 2001.

Tambor's third child and first grandchild were born within a few days of each other in December 2004. His wife Kasia gave birth to son Gabriel Kasper on December 10, 2004, and his daughter Molly Tambor gave birth to son Mason Jay Moore on December 14, 2004. On December 10, 2006, his wife gave birth to their second child, daughter Eve Julia ("Evie").

In 2007, Tambor was reported to be a Scientologist.[6] However, in February 2008, Tambor expressed concern about "Internet reports" about his alleged involvement with the religion and stated that he "took some Scientology classes at one time, studied Scientology for a while, but no more. I have nothing against it, but I am no longer a Scientologist."[7]

On The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on June 3, 2009, Tambor announced his wife was pregnant with twin boys due in October 2009. The boys, Hugo Bernard and Eli Nicholas, were born on October 4, 2009.[8]

Tambor is a Democrat and supported President Barack Obama in his re-election campaign in 2012.[9]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Tambor was nominated for two Emmy Awards for his work on Arrested Development and four for The Larry Sanders Show. He has won a Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. As part of the cast of Arrested Development he has been nominated for two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Cast in a Comedy Series. He has also been nominated for a Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Comedy Series.



Year Title Role Notes
1973 The Summertime Killer Sully Tambor
1979 ...And Justice for All Jay Porter
1981 Saturday the 14th Waldemar
1982 The Dream Chasers Jeffrey Bauman
1983 Mr. Mom Jinx
The Man Who Wasn't There Boris Potemkin
1984 No Small Affair Ken
1985 Desert Hearts Jerry Uncredited
1987 Three O'Clock High Mr. Rice
1989 Brenda Starr Vladimir
1990 Lisa Mr. Marks
Pastime Peter LaPorte
1991 City Slickers Lou
Life Stinks Vance Crasswell
1992 Article 99 Dr. Leo Krutz
Crossing the Bridge Uncle Alby
1993 Living and Working in Space: The Countdown Has Begun Dr. Stockton Direct-to-video
A House in the Hills Willie
1994 Radioland Murders Walt Whalen Jr.
1995 Heavyweights Maury Garner
1996 Big Bully Art Lundstrom
1998 Dr. Dolittle Dr. Fish
There's Something About Mary Sully
Meet Joe Black Quince
1999 Muppets from Space K. Edgar Singer
Teaching Mrs. Tingle Coach "Spanky" Wenchell
My Teacher's Wife Jack Boomer
Girl, Interrupted Dr. Melvin Potts
2000 Pollock Clement Greenberg
How the Grinch Stole Christmas Mayor Augustus Maywho
2001 Never Again Christopher
Get Well Soon Mitchell
2003 Malibu's Most Wanted Dr. Feldman
Scorched Employer
My Boss's Daughter Ken
2004 EuroTrip Mr Thomas Uncredited
Hellboy Tom Manning
Funky Monkey Crane
SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, TheThe SpongeBob SquarePants Movie King Neptune Voice
2007 Slipstream Geek/Jeffrey/Dr. Geekman
2008 Superhero Movie Dr. Whitby
Hellboy II: The Golden Army Tom Manning
2009 Invention of Lying, TheThe Invention of Lying Anthony
Hangover, TheThe Hangover Sid Garner
Monsters vs. Aliens Carl Murphy Voice
2010 Tangled Big-nosed thug Voice
Meeting Spencer Harris Chapell
Operation: Endgame Devil
Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo Mr. Calvin Curdles Voice
2011 Paul Adam Shadowchild
Hangover Part II, TheThe Hangover Part II Sid Garner
Lucky Detective Waylon
Win Win Stephen Vigman
The Clockwork Girl Wilhelm the Tinkerer Voice
Flypaper Gordon Blythe
Mr Popper's Penguins Mr. Gremmins
2012 For the Love of Money Mr. Solomon
Branded Bob Gibbons
2013 The Hangover Part III Sid Garner
2014 The Shadow King Cuzzie Bell Voice


Year Title Role Notes
1977 Kojak Medical examiner Episode: "Lady in the Squadroom"
1978 Starsky and Hutch Randy Episode: "Cover Girl"
1979 Taxi Congressman Walter Griswald Episode: "Elaine and the Lame Duck"
Ropers, TheThe Ropers Jeffrey P. Brookes III 28 episodes
1980 Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story Dankworth TV movie
1981 The Love Boat Mr. Rogers
Lawrence Jurgens
2 episodes
Barney Miller William Klein Episode: "Field Associate"
A Gun in the House Lance Kessler TV movie
The Star Maker Harry Lanson TV movie
Three's Company Winston Cromwell III
Dr. Tom Miller
Dr. Phillip Greene
3 episodes
Hill Street Blues Judge Alan Wachtel 22 episodes
1982 Take Your Best Shot Alden Pepper TV movie
Nine to Five Franklin Hart 5 episodes
M*A*S*H Major Reddish Episode: "Foreign Affairs"
1983 Gloria Dr. Webber Episode: "Gloria on the Couch"
Oh Madeline Wesley Episode: "Madeline Acts Forward at the Retreat"
Cocaine: One Man's Seduction Mort Broome TV movie
Sadat Sharaff TV movie
The Awakening of Candra Professor Michael Silver TV movie
1984 The Three Wishes of Billy Grier Dr. Lindsay TV movie
1985 Robert Kennedy & His Times Pierre Salinger TV miniseries
The Twilight Zone Stephen Montgomery
2 episodes
1986 Mr. Sunshine Paul Stark 11 episodes
Jonny Quest Hard Rock Voice
5 episodes
1987 Max Headroom Murray 14 episodes
1988 Murder, She Wrote Russell Armstrong Episode: "Harbinger of Death"
L.A. Law Gordon Salt 3 episodes
1989 The Golden Girls Dr. Stevens Episode: "Sick and Tired: Part 1"
Doogie Howser, M.D. Hospital board member Episode: "Every Dog Has His Doogie"
1990 Who's the Boss? Fred/ Ed Hartwall Episode: "Tony Kills"
Equal Justice Harry Beeker Episode: "The Art of the Possible"
Tales from the Crypt Charlie Marno Episode: "Dead Right"
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures Additional voices Voice
Episode: "One Sweet and Sour Chinese Adventure to Go"
American Dreamer Joe Baines 17 episodes
A Quiet Little Neighborhood, a Perfect Little Murder Don Hecker TV movie
1991 Empty Nest Dr. Binder Episode: "The Dreyfuss Affair"
1992 The Burden of Proof Sennett TV movie
Batman: The Animated Series Crocker
SWAT leader
Episode: "Appointment in Crime Alley"
Larry Sanders Show, TheThe Larry Sanders Show Hank Kingsley 89 episodes, 1992-1998
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1993, 1996, 1997, 1998)
Nominated - CableACE Award for Actor in a Comedy Series (1994, 1995)
1993 Dinosaurs Hank Hiber Voice
Episode: "Charlene and Her Amazing Humans"
At Home with the Webbers Gerald Webber TV movie
Jonny's Golden Quest Dr. Zin Voice
TV movie
1994 Another Midnight Run Bernie Abbot TV movie
1995 Jonny Quest Versus the Cyber Insects Dr. Zin Voice
TV movie
Pinky and the Brain Beetle Fiero Voice
Episode: "Of Mouse and Man"
1996 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Black Jack Lee Voice
Episode: "The Darkest Fathoms"
The Man Who Captured Eichmann Isser Harel TV movie
1997 Weapons of Mass Distraction Alan Blanchard TV movie
1997 Duckman Psychiatrist Voice
Episode: "Hamlet 2: This Time It's Personal"
Johnny Bravo Felinius
TV voices #1
Episode: "Hip Hop Flop/Talk to Me, Baby/Blanky Hanky Panky"
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Jerry, sanitation worker Voice
Episode: "Laugh, Krumm, Laugh/Rookie Monsters"
1998 Hercules King Salmoneus Voice
Episode: "Hercules and the King of Thessaly"
The Lionhearts Hank Voice
2 episodes
Nominated - Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program (1999)
1999 Tracey Takes On... Mobster Episode: "America"
Everything's Relative Jake Gorelick 4 episodes
2001 The Practice Sid Herman 2 episodes
3-South Dean Earhart 2 episodes
2002 The Proud Family Randolph Verascola Voice
Episode: "Romeo Must Wed"
That Was Then Gary 'Double G' Glass 3 episodes
Ozzy & Drix Mole Voice
3 episodes
2003 Eloise at the Plaza Mr. Salomone TV movie
Eloise at Christmastime Mr. Salomone TV movie
2003-2006, 2013 Arrested Development George Bluth Sr.
Oscar Bluth
66 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Comedy or Musical
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2004, 2005)
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2005, 2006)
2005 The Muppets' Wizard of Oz Wizard TV movie
2006 Twenty Good Years Jeffrey Lead role
2007 Super Sleuth Christmas Movie Santa Voice
TV movie
Law & Order Judge Barry Dilwynn Episode: "The Family Hour"
2007–present WordGirl Mr. Big, Mr. Birg, Guy in Trance Voice
Series Regular
2008 Welcome to The Captain Saul Fish Voice
5 episodes
Good Behavior Hy Pilot
The New Adventures of Old Christine Neil Episode: "Snakes on a Date"
Entourage Himself 3 episodes
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jerzy Skaggs Episode: " Art Imitates Life"
2009 Medium Todd Emory / Allison Dubois Episode: "The Main in the Mirror"
Batman: The Brave and the Bold Crazy Quilt Voice
Episode: "The Color of Revenge!"
Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space Carl Murphy Voice
TV movie
Rex Is Not Your Lawyer Dr. Barry Cohen Pilot
2010 Archer Torvald Utne
Len Trexler
4 episodes
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Gill Littlefoot Voice
Episode: "The Grasp of the Gnome"
2011 Running Wilde Steven's father Episode: "Basket Cases"
Love Bites Dr. O Episode: "How To..."
China, IL Professor Cakes Voice
6 episodes
The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks The Therapist Web series
3 episodes
Five Danny Dinlear TV movie
2012 Bent Walt 6 episodes
The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange Mr. Orange
2 episodes
Next Caller Jefferson Mingus 4 unaired episodes
Bob's Burgers Captain Flarty Voice
Episode: "Mutiny on the Windbreaker"
2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ben Cohen 2 episodes
Psych Lloyd French 2 episodes
Phil Spector Bruce Cutler TV movie
Onion News Empire David Bryant Pilot
Sofia the First Nigel Voice
Episode: "Baileywick's Day Off"
Bubble Guppies The Night Wizard Episode: "The Puppy and the Ring"
Bubble Puppy The Evil Wizard Episode: "The Puppies and the Ring"
2013-2014 The Good Wife Judge George Kluger 4 episodes
Raising Hope Virginia's Father Episodes: "Déjà Vu Man" and "The Father Daughter Dance"
2014 Transparent Mort Pilot
The Millers Ed Dolan 2 episodes
Preceded by
Shadoe Stevens
Hollywood Squares announcer
Succeeded by
John Moschitta


  1. ^ Schleier, Curt. A ‘bagelly Jew’, Jewish News Weekly of Northern California, May 21, 2004.
  2. ^ Willens, Michele (July 10, 1994). "Also Starring Mr. Hey Now JEFFREY TAMBOR FINDS HIS NICHE SITTING IN WITH GARRY SHANDLING". 
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  4. ^ Gina DiNunno (4 September 2009). "Colin Hanks and Jeffrey Tambor Get Lucky". Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  5. ^ "Amazon Has Finally Made Its House of Cards". Slate. 2014-02-11. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  6. ^ Oppenheimer, Mark (July 15, 2007). "Something happened". New York Times. Retrieved January 5, 2011. 
  7. ^ Beck, Marilyn and Stacy Jenel. The Hollywood Exclusive,, February 4, 2008.
  8. ^ Adam Bryant. "Jeffrey Tambor, Wife Welcome Twin Boys". 
  9. ^ "Michelle Obama Attends Family Fund-Raiser at Gwen Stefani's Home (Updated)". Retrieved August 13, 2012. 

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