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 in 2014
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) Dora Zbierlund (1982-1991)

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.

Career[edit]

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 defense attorney who eventually becomes 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 five 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.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

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
1983 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
1990 Pastime Peter LaPorte
1991 City Slickers Lou
1991 Life Stinks Vance Crasswell
1992 Article 99 Dr. Leo Krutz
1992 Crossing the Bridge Uncle Alby
1993 Living and Working in Space: The Countdown Has Begun Dr. Stockton Direct-to-video
1993 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
1998 There's Something About Mary Sully
1998 Meet Joe Black Quince
1999 Muppets from Space K. Edgar Singer
1999 Teaching Mrs. Tingle Coach "Spanky" Wenchell
1999 My Teacher's Wife Jack Boomer
1999 Girl, Interrupted Dr. Melvin Potts
2000 Pollock Clement Greenberg
2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas Mayor Augustus Maywho
2001 Never Again Christopher
2001 Get Well Soon Mitchell
2003 Malibu's Most Wanted Dr. Feldman
2003 Scorched Employer
2003 My Boss's Daughter Ken
2004 EuroTrip Mr Thomas Uncredited
2004 Hellboy Tom Manning
2004 Funky Monkey Crane
2004 SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, TheThe SpongeBob SquarePants Movie King Neptune (voice)
2007 Super Sleuth Christmas Movie Santa (voice) Direct-to-video
2007 Slipstream Geek/Jeffrey/Dr. Geekman
2008 Superhero Movie Dr. Whitby
2008 Hellboy II: The Golden Army Tom Manning
2009 Invention of Lying, TheThe Invention of Lying Anthony
2009 Hangover, TheThe Hangover Sid Garner
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens Carl Murphy (voice)
2010 Tangled Big-nosed thug (voice)
2010 Meeting Spencer Harris Chapell
2010 Operation: Endgame Devil
2010 Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo Mr. Calvin Curdles (voice) Direct-to-video
2011 Paul Adam Shadowchild
2011 Hangover Part II, TheThe Hangover Part II Sid Garner
2011 Lucky Detective Waylon
2011 Win Win Stephen Vigman
2011 Flypaper Gordon Blythe
2011 Mr Popper's Penguins Mr. Gremmins
2012 For the Love of Money Mr. Solomon
2012 Branded Bob Gibbons
2013 The Hangover Part III Sid Garner
2014 The Clockwork Girl Wilhelm the Tinkerer (voice)

Television[edit]

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"
1979–1980 Ropers, TheThe Ropers Jeffrey P. Brookes III 28 episodes
1980 Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story Dankworth Television film
1981–1983 The Love Boat Mr. Rogers / Lawrence Jurgens 2 episodes
1981 Barney Miller William Klein Episode: "Field Associate"
1981 A Gun in the House Lance Kessler Television film
1981 The Star Maker Harry Lanson Television film
1981–1982 Three's Company Winston Cromwell III / Dr. Tom Miller / Dr. Phillip Greene 3 episodes
1981–1987 Hill Street Blues Judge Alan Wachtel 22 episodes
1982 Take Your Best Shot Alden Pepper Television film
1982 Nine to Five Franklin Hart 5 episodes
1982 M*A*S*H Major Reddish Episode: "Foreign Affairs"
1983 Gloria Dr. Webber Episode: "Gloria on the Couch"
1983 Oh Madeline Wesley Episode: "Madeline Acts Forward at the Retreat"
1983 Cocaine: One Man's Seduction Mort Broome Television film
1983 Sadat Sharaff Television film
1983 The Awakening of Candra Professor Michael Silver Television film
1984 The Three Wishes of Billy Grier Dr. Lindsay Television film
1985 Robert Kennedy & His Times Pierre Salinger Episode 1.1
1985-1986 The Twilight Zone Klye Montgomery / Milton Episodes: "Dead Woman's Shoes", "The World Next Door"
1986 Mr. Sunshine Paul Stark 11 episodes
1986–1987 Jonny Quest Hard Rock (voice) 5 episodes
1987 Max Headroom Murray 14 episodes
1988 Murder, She Wrote Russell Armstrong Episode: "Harbinger of Death"
1988 L.A. Law Gordon Salt 3 episodes
1989 The Golden Girls Dr. Stevens Episode: "Sick and Tired: Part 1"
1989 Doogie Howser, M.D. Hospital board member Episode: "Every Dog Has His Doogie"
1990 Who's the Boss? Fred / Ed Hartwall Episode: "Tony Kills"
1990 Equal Justice Harry Beeker Episode: "The Art of the Possible"
1990 Tales from the Crypt Charlie Marno Episode: "Dead Right"
1990 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures Additional voices Episode: "One Sweet and Sour Chinese Adventure to Go"
1990 American Dreamer Joe Baines 17 episodes
1990 A Quiet Little Neighborhood, a Perfect Little Murder Don Hecker Television film
1991 Empty Nest Dr. Binder Episode: "The Dreyfuss Affair"
1992 The Burden of Proof Sennett Television film
1992 Batman: The Animated Series Crocker / SWAT leader (voices) Episode: "Appointment in Crime Alley"
1992–1998 Larry Sanders Show, TheThe Larry Sanders Show Hank Kingsley 89 episodes
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1993, 1996–1998)
Nominated - CableACE Award for Actor in a Comedy Series (1994–1995)
1993 Dinosaurs Hank Hiber (voice) Episode: "Charlene and Her Amazing Humans"
1993 At Home with the Webbers Gerald Webber Television film
1993 Jonny's Golden Quest Dr. Zin (voice) Television special
1994 Another Midnight Run Bernie Abbot Television film
1995 Jonny Quest Versus the Cyber Insects Dr. Zin (voice) Television special
1995 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"
1996 The Man Who Captured Eichmann Isser Harel Television film
1997 Weapons of Mass Distraction Alan Blanchard Television film
1997 Duckman Psychiatrist (voice) Episode: "Hamlet 2: This Time It's Personal"
1997 Johnny Bravo Felinius / TV voices #1 (voices) Episode: "Hip Hop Flop/Talk to Me, Baby/Blanky Hanky Panky"
1997 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Jerry (voice) Episode: "Laugh, Krumm, Laugh/Rookie Monsters"
1998 Hercules King Salmoneus (voice) Episode: "Hercules and the King of Thessaly"
1998 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"
1999 Everything's Relative Jake Gorelick 4 episodes
2001 The Practice Sid Herman 2 episodes
2002 3-South Dean Earhart 2 episodes
2002 The Proud Family Randolph Verascola (voice) Episode: "Romeo Must Wed"
2002 That Was Then Gary 'Double G' Glass 3 episodes
2002–2003 Ozzy & Drix Mole (voice) 3 episodes
2003 Eloise at the Plaza Mr. Salomone Television film
2003 Eloise at Christmastime Mr. Salomone Television film
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 (2004)
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, 2014)
2005 The Muppets' Wizard of Oz Wizard Television film
2006 Twenty Good Years Jeffrey 13 episodes
2007 Law & Order Judge Barry Dilwynn Episode: "The Family Hour"
2007–present WordGirl Mr. Big / Mr. Birg / Guy in Trance (voices) 27 episodes
2008 Welcome to The Captain Saul Fish (voice) 5 episodes
2008 Good Behavior Hy Pilot
2008 The New Adventures of Old Christine Neil Episode: "Snakes on a Date"
2008–2009 Entourage Himself 3 episodes
2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jerzy Skaggs Episode: " Art Imitates Life"
2009 Medium Todd Emory / Allison Dubois Episode: "The Main in the Mirror"
2009 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Crazy Quilt (voice) Episode: "The Color of Revenge!"
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space Carl Murphy (voice) Television special
2009 Rex Is Not Your Lawyer Dr. Barry Cohen Pilot
2010–2011 Archer Torvald Utne / Len Trexler (voices) 4 episodes
2010 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Gill Littlefoot (voice) Episode: "The Grasp of the Gnome"
2011 Running Wilde Steven's Father Episode: "Basket Cases"
2011 Love Bites Dr. O Episode: "How To..."
2011 China, IL Professor Cakes (voice) 11 episodes
2011 The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks The Therapist 3 episodes
2011 Five Danny Dinlear Television film
2012 Bent Walt 6 episodes
2012 The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange Mr. Orange / Blueberry (voices) 2 episodes
2012–2013 Next Caller Jefferson Mingus 5 episodes
2012 Bob's Burgers Captain Flarty (voice) Episode: "Mutiny on the Windbreaker"
2013–2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ben Cohen 4 episodes
2013 Psych Lloyd French 2 episodes
2013 Phil Spector Bruce Cutler Television film
2013 Onion News Empire David Bryant Pilot
2013 Sofia the First Nigel (voice) Episode: "Baileywick's Day Off"
2013 Bubble Guppies The Night Wizard (voice) Episode: "The Puppy and the Ring"
2013–2014 The Good Wife Judge George Kluger 4 episodes
2013–2014 Raising Hope Virginia's Father 2 episodes
2014 Transparent Mort Pilot
2014 The Millers Ed Dolan 2 episodes
2014 Jennifer Falls Don Hirsh Episode: "Pilot"
Preceded by
Shadoe Stevens
Hollywood Squares announcer
2002–2003
Succeeded by
John Moschitta

References[edit]

  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". 
  3. ^ http://www.jewishjournal.com/the_ticket/item/the_real_jeffrey_tambor
  4. ^ Gina DiNunno (4 September 2009). "Colin Hanks and Jeffrey Tambor Get Lucky". TVGuide.com. 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, LA.com, February 4, 2008.
  8. ^ Adam Bryant. "Jeffrey Tambor, Wife Welcome Twin Boys". TVGuide.com. 
  9. ^ "Michelle Obama Attends Family Fund-Raiser at Gwen Stefani's Home (Updated)". Retrieved August 13, 2012. 

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