Jeffrey Tambor

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Jeffrey Tambor
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Tambor on the Delta Shuttle in 2014
BornJeffrey Michael Tambor
(1944-07-08) July 8, 1944 (age 70)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Alma materSan Francisco State University
Wayne State University
Years active1973–present
Spouse(s)Dora Zbierlund (1982-1991)
Kasia Ostlun (2001-present)
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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
BornJeffrey Michael Tambor
(1944-07-08) July 8, 1944 (age 70)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Alma materSan Francisco State University
Wayne State University
Years active1973–present
Spouse(s)Dora Zbierlund (1982-1991)
Kasia Ostlun (2001-present)

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 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-turned-mother 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 second 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.



1973The Summertime KillerSully Tambor
1979...And Justice for AllJay Porter
1981Saturday the 14thWaldemar
1982The Dream ChasersJeffrey Bauman
1983Mr. MomJinx
1983The Man Who Wasn't ThereBoris Potemkin
1984No Small AffairKen
1985Desert HeartsJerryUncredited
1987Three O'Clock HighMr. Rice
1989Brenda StarrVladimir
1990LisaMr. Marks
1990PastimePeter LaPorte
1991City SlickersLou
1991Life StinksVance Crasswell
1992Article 99Dr. Leo Krutz
1992Crossing the BridgeUncle Alby
1993Living and Working in Space: The Countdown Has BegunDr. StocktonDirect-to-video
1993A House in the HillsWillie
1994Radioland MurdersWalt Whalen Jr.
1995HeavyweightsMaury Garner
1996Big BullyArt Lundstrom
1998Dr. DolittleDr. Fish
1998There's Something About MarySully
1998Meet Joe BlackQuince
1999Muppets from SpaceK. Edgar Singer
1999Teaching Mrs. TingleCoach "Spanky" Wenchell
1999My Teacher's WifeJack Boomer
1999Girl, InterruptedDr. Melvin Potts
2000PollockClement Greenberg
2000How the Grinch Stole ChristmasMayor Augustus Maywho
2001Never AgainChristopher
2001Get Well SoonMitchell
2003Malibu's Most WantedDr. Feldman
2003My Boss's DaughterKen
2004EuroTripMr ThomasUncredited
2004HellboyTom Manning
2004Funky MonkeyCrane
2004SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, TheThe SpongeBob SquarePants MovieKing Neptune (voice)
2007Super Sleuth Christmas MovieSanta (voice)Direct-to-video
2007SlipstreamGeek/Jeffrey/Dr. Geekman
2008Superhero MovieDr. Whitby
2008Hellboy II: The Golden ArmyTom Manning
2009Invention of Lying, TheThe Invention of LyingAnthony
2009Hangover, TheThe HangoverSid Garner
2009Monsters vs. AliensCarl Murphy (voice)
2010TangledBig-nosed thug (voice)
2010Meeting SpencerHarris Chapell
2010Operation: EndgameDevil
2010Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-DooMr. Calvin Curdles (voice)Direct-to-video
2011PaulAdam Shadowchild
2011Hangover Part II, TheThe Hangover Part IISid Garner
2011LuckyDetective Waylon
2011Win WinStephen Vigman
2011FlypaperGordon Blythe
2011Mr Popper's PenguinsMr. Gremmins
2012For the Love of MoneyMr. Solomon
2012BrandedBob Gibbons
2013The Hangover Part IIISid Garner
2014The Clockwork GirlWilhelm the Tinkerer (voice)


1977KojakMedical examinerEpisode: "Lady in the Squadroom"
1978Starsky and HutchRandyEpisode: "Cover Girl"
1979TaxiCongressman Walter GriswaldEpisode: "Elaine and the Lame Duck"
1979–1980Ropers, TheThe RopersJeffrey P. Brookes III28 episodes
1980Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking StoryDankworthTelevision film
1981–1983The Love BoatMr. Rogers / Lawrence Jurgens2 episodes
1981Barney MillerWilliam KleinEpisode: "Field Associate"
1981A Gun in the HouseLance KesslerTelevision film
1981The Star MakerHarry LansonTelevision film
1981–1982Three's CompanyWinston Cromwell III / Dr. Tom Miller / Dr. Phillip Greene3 episodes
1981–1987Hill Street BluesJudge Alan Wachtel22 episodes
1982Take Your Best ShotAlden PepperTelevision film
1982Nine to FiveFranklin Hart5 episodes
1982M*A*S*HMajor ReddishEpisode: "Foreign Affairs"
1983GloriaDr. WebberEpisode: "Gloria on the Couch"
1983Oh MadelineWesleyEpisode: "Madeline Acts Forward at the Retreat"
1983Cocaine: One Man's SeductionMort BroomeTelevision film
1983SadatSharaffTelevision film
1983The Awakening of CandraProfessor Michael SilverTelevision film
1984The Three Wishes of Billy GrierDr. LindsayTelevision film
1985Robert Kennedy & His TimesPierre SalingerEpisode 1.1
1985-1986The Twilight ZoneKlye Montgomery / MiltonEpisodes: "Dead Woman's Shoes", "The World Next Door"
1986Mr. SunshinePaul Stark11 episodes
1986–1987Jonny QuestHard Rock (voice)5 episodes
1987Max HeadroomMurray14 episodes
1988Murder, She WroteRussell ArmstrongEpisode: "Harbinger of Death"
1988L.A. LawGordon Salt3 episodes
1989The Golden GirlsDr. StevensEpisode: "Sick and Tired: Part 1"
1989Doogie Howser, M.D.Hospital board memberEpisode: "Every Dog Has His Doogie"
1990Who's the Boss?Fred / Ed HartwallEpisode: "Tony Kills"
1990Equal JusticeHarry BeekerEpisode: "The Art of the Possible"
1990Tales from the CryptCharlie MarnoEpisode: "Dead Right"
1990Bill & Ted's Excellent AdventuresAdditional voicesEpisode: "One Sweet and Sour Chinese Adventure to Go"
1990American DreamerJoe Baines17 episodes
1990A Quiet Little Neighborhood, a Perfect Little MurderDon HeckerTelevision film
1991Empty NestDr. BinderEpisode: "The Dreyfuss Affair"
1992The Burden of ProofSennettTelevision film
1992Batman: The Animated SeriesCrocker / SWAT leader (voices)Episode: "Appointment in Crime Alley"
1992–1998Larry Sanders Show, TheThe Larry Sanders ShowHank Kingsley89 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)
19921775Colonial GovornorTelevision pilot
1993DinosaursHank Hiber (voice)Episode: "Charlene and Her Amazing Humans"
1993At Home with the WebbersGerald WebberTelevision film
1993Jonny's Golden QuestDr. Zin (voice)Television special
1994Another Midnight RunBernie AbbotTelevision film
1995Jonny Quest Versus the Cyber InsectsDr. Zin (voice)Television special
1995Pinky and the BrainBeetle Fiero (voice)Episode: "Of Mouse and Man"
1996The Real Adventures of Jonny QuestBlack Jack Lee (voice)Episode: "The Darkest Fathoms"
1996The Man Who Captured EichmannIsser HarelTelevision film
1997Weapons of Mass DistractionAlan BlanchardTelevision film
1997DuckmanPsychiatrist (voice)Episode: "Hamlet 2: This Time It's Personal"
1997Johnny BravoFelinius / TV voices #1 (voices)Episode: "Hip Hop Flop/Talk to Me, Baby/Blanky Hanky Panky"
1997Aaahh!!! Real MonstersJerry (voice)Episode: "Laugh, Krumm, Laugh/Rookie Monsters"
1998HerculesKing Salmoneus (voice)Episode: "Hercules and the King of Thessaly"
1998The LionheartsHank (voice)2 episodes
Nominated - Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program (1999)
1999Tracey Takes On...MobsterEpisode: "America"
1999Everything's RelativeJake Gorelick4 episodes
2001The PracticeSid Herman2 episodes
20023-SouthDean Earhart2 episodes
2002The Proud FamilyRandolph Verascola (voice)Episode: "Romeo Must Wed"
2002That Was ThenGary 'Double G' Glass3 episodes
2002–2003Ozzy & DrixMole (voice)3 episodes
2003Eloise at the PlazaMr. SalomoneTelevision film
2003Eloise at ChristmastimeMr. SalomoneTelevision film
2003–2006, 2013Arrested DevelopmentGeorge 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)
2005The Muppets' Wizard of OzWizardTelevision film
2006Twenty Good YearsJeffrey13 episodes
2007Law & OrderJudge Barry DilwynnEpisode: "The Family Hour"
2007–presentWordGirlMr. Big / Mr. Birg / Guy in Trance (voices)27 episodes
2008Welcome to The CaptainSaul Fish (voice)5 episodes
2008Good BehaviorHyPilot
2008The New Adventures of Old ChristineNeilEpisode: "Snakes on a Date"
2008–2009EntourageHimself3 episodes
2008CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationJerzy SkaggsEpisode: " Art Imitates Life"
2009MediumTodd Emory / Allison DuboisEpisode: "The Main in the Mirror"
2009Batman: The Brave and the BoldCrazy Quilt (voice)Episode: "The Color of Revenge!"
2009Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer SpaceCarl Murphy (voice)Television special
2009Rex Is Not Your LawyerDr. Barry CohenPilot
2010–2011ArcherTorvald Utne / Len Trexler (voices)4 episodes
2010Scooby-Doo! Mystery IncorporatedGill Littlefoot (voice)Episode: "The Grasp of the Gnome"
2011Running WildeSteven's FatherEpisode: "Basket Cases"
2011Love BitesDr. OEpisode: "How To..."
2011China, ILProfessor Cakes (voice)11 episodes
2011The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur BanksThe Therapist3 episodes
2011FiveDanny DinlearTelevision film
2012BentWalt6 episodes
2012The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying OrangeMr. Orange / Blueberry (voices)2 episodes
2012–2013Next CallerJefferson Mingus5 episodes
2012Bob's BurgersCaptain Flarty (voice)Episode: "Mutiny on the Windbreaker"
2013–2014Law & Order: Special Victims UnitBen Cohen4 episodes
2013PsychLloyd French2 episodes
2013Phil SpectorBruce CutlerTelevision film
2013Onion News EmpireDavid BryantPilot
2013Sofia the FirstNigel (voice)Episode: "Baileywick's Day Off"
2013Bubble GuppiesThe Night Wizard (voice)Episode: "The Puppy and the Ring"
2013–2014The Good WifeJudge George Kluger4 episodes
2013–2014Raising HopeVirginia's Father2 episodes
2014–presentTransparentMaura10 episodes
2014The MillersEd Dolan2 episodes
2014Jennifer FallsDon HirshEpisode: "Pilot"
Preceded by
Shadoe Stevens
Hollywood Squares announcer
Succeeded by
John Moschitta


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  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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