Anthony Zerbe

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Anthony Zerbe
Anthony Zerbe in trailer for The Laughing Policeman (1973)
Born Anthony Jared Zerbe
(1936-05-20) May 20, 1936 (age 79)
Long Beach, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1963-present
Spouse(s) Arnette Jens (m. 1962)

Anthony Jared Zerbe (born May 20, 1936) is an American stage, film and Emmy-winning television actor. Notable film roles include the post-apocalyptic cult leader Matthias in The Omega Man, a 1971 film adaptation of Richard Matheson's 1954 novel, I Am Legend; as a corrupt gambler in Farewell, My Lovely; as Abner Devereaux in KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park; as villain Milton Krest in the James Bond film Licence to Kill; Rosie in The Turning Point, Admiral Dougherty in Star Trek: Insurrection and Councillor Hamann in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.

Life and career[edit]

Zerbe was born in Long Beach, California, the son of Catherine (née Scurlock) and Arthur Lee Van Zerbe.[1] He attended Pomona College in Claremont, California, graduating in 1958. His parents were also alumni of Pomona College.[2]

Zerbe served in the United States Air Force from 1959-61. Zerbe studied at the Stella Adler Studio in New York City. In television, he has played numerous guest roles in television series including Naked City, The Virginian, The Big Valley, Route 66, The Wild Wild West, Twelve O'Clock High, Bonanza, Mission: Impossible, Gunsmoke, Hawaii Five-O, Mannix, It Takes a Thief, The Chisholms, Ironside, The F.B.I., Cannon, The Rookies, Columbo, The Rookies, The Streets of San Francisco, The Rockford Files, The Equalizer, Kung Fu, Little House on the Prairie, Highway to Heaven, Murder, She Wrote, Dynasty, and Frasier. He held a starring role in The Young Riders and co-starred on Harry O in that series' second and final seasons. Zerbe was also seen as Pontius Pilate in the miniseries A.D. and as General Grant in North and South: Book II. His latest appearance is in the criminal comedy-drama American Hustle.

He is the former artistic director of Reflections, A New Plays Festival at the Geva Theatre in Rochester, New York, which is currently touring the United States in Behind the Broken Words, a performance of contemporary poetry, comedy and dramatic works with fellow actor Roscoe Lee Browne. In 1976, Zerbe won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Continuing Performance By a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Lieutenant K.C. Trench in the private detective series Harry O. In 1981, he played eldest brother Benjamin Hubbard in a Broadway revival of The Little Foxes.

TV and filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Anthony Zerbe profile,; accessed October 25, 2015.
  2. ^ Pomona College Alumni Directory, 2000, p. 278.

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