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Jeffrey Tambor

An incisive talent when it comes to playing bent, off-the-wall characters, Jeffrey Tambor has been captivating audiences for nearly four decades.Tambor was born and raised in San Francisco, to Eileen (Salzberg) and Michael Bernard Tambor, a flooring contractor. His family is Ashkenazi Jewish (from Hungary and Ukraine). He studied acting at San Francisco State University and earned his Bachelors of Arts degree there. Following his Masters at Wayne State University, he started building up his resume in repertory theater. He was first seen on episodic TV in the mid-'70s in both comedies (Taxi (1978), Barney Miller (1974)) and dramas (Kojak (1973), Starsky and Hutch (1975)). A large, somewhat looming fellow, his sly-eyed look and leering gaze, matched with a bright set of pearly teeth and stark pattern baldness, made him a natural for broad, warped comedy. The folks at Three's Company (1977) brought Jeffrey back time and time again, standing toe-to-toe with John Ritter and stealing many of their scenes with his noticeably bizarre gents. Before his "Three's Company" guest roles, he co-starred in the show's spin-off The Ropers (1979) with Norman Fell and Audra Lindley. He and Patty McCormack played the Ropers' chagrined neighbors. On the legitimate stage, he has been an earnest player over the years with performances in "Sly Fox" and "Glengarry Glen Ross" on Broadway in addition to roles in "Measure for Measure," "A Flea in Her Ear" and "The Seagull." On the side, Jeffrey has directed a number of stage productions and teaches acting in the Los Angeles area. Although not as well known for his film work, he made a strong dramatic impression in his film debut ...And Justice for All. (1979), in which he played Al Pacino's half-crazed law partner. He went on to enhance a number of other movies including The Dream Chasers (1982), Mr. Mom (1983), Brenda Starr (1989), Radioland Murders (1994), Doctor Dolittle (1998), Pollock (2000). More recently he played the Mayor of Whoville in How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000). Emmy-nominated for his quirky work on The Larry Sanders Show (1992), Jeffrey's fondness and talent for the weird and wacky has recently found a nesting roost. Quite at home amid the insanity in the series Arrested Development (2003), he recently copped another Emmy nomination as the patriarch of the highly dysfunctional Bluth family.

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Jul 8, 1944 In San Francisco, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series M*A*S*H 1972-09-17
Latest Project:
Series Star vs. the Forces of Evil 2015-01-18

Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 21 nominations.

Known For
Poster of The Larry Sanders Show
Star vs. the Forces of Evil Unknown 2015-01-18
Transparent Maura Pfefferman 41 episodes, 2014-2017 2014-02-06
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Unknown 2014-02-17
Late Night with Seth Meyers Unknown 2014-02-24
Jennifer Falls Unknown 2014-06-04
The Millers Unknown 2013-10-03
The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange Unknown 2012
Inside Comedy Unknown 2012-01-01
Bent Walt Riggins 6 episodes, 2012 2012-03-21
Sofia the First Unknown 2012-11-18
Bob's Burgers Unknown 2011-01-09
Love Bites Unknown 2011-06-02
China, IL Professor Cakes 18 episodes, 2011-2015 2011-10-02
America in Primetime Unknown 2011-10-30
Raising Hope Unknown 2010-09-01
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Unknown 2010-07-12
Running Wilde Unknown 2010-09-21
Archer Unknown 2009-09-17
The Good Wife Unknown 2009-09-22
Welcome to the Captain Uncle Saul 5 episodes, 2008 2008-02-04
Batman: The Brave and the Bold Unknown 2008-11-14
Chelsea Lately Unknown 2007-07-01
The New Adventures of Old Christine Unknown 2006-03-13
Psych Unknown 2006-07-07
Medium Unknown 2005-01-03
The Colbert Report Unknown 2005-10-17
Entourage Unknown 2004-07-18
Arrested Development George Bluth Sr. / ... 84 episodes, 2003-2019 2003-11-02
3-South Unknown 2002-11-07
Dinner for Five Unknown 2001-07-06
The Proud Family Unknown 2001-09-15
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown 2000-10-06
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Unknown 1999-09-20
Hercules Unknown 1998-08-31
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
The Practice Unknown 1997-03-04
Johnny Bravo Unknown 1997-07-07
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Unknown 1996-08-26
Pinky and the Brain Unknown 1995-09-09
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man Unknown 1994-01-01
Inside the Actors Studio Unknown 1994-06-12
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Unknown 1994-10-29
Capitol Critters Unknown 1992-01-28
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Batman: The Animated Series Unknown 1992-09-05
The Larry Sanders Show Hank Kingsley 89 episodes, 1992-1998 1992-08-15
Dinosaurs Unknown 1991-04-26
Law & Order Unknown 1990-09-13
Equal Justice Unknown 1990-03-27
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures Unknown 1990-09-15
Tales from the Crypt Unknown 1989-06-10
Doogie Howser, M.D. Unknown 1989-09-19
Max Headroom Murray 14 episodes, 1987-1988 1987-03-31
L.A. Law Unknown 1986-09-15
The Golden Girls Unknown 1985-09-14
Who's the Boss? Unknown 1984-09-20
Murder, She Wrote Unknown 1984-09-30
Wheel of Fortune Unknown 1983-09-19
Hill Street Blues Unknown 1981-01-15
Taxi Unknown 1978-09-12
Three's Company Unknown 1977-03-15
The Love Boat Unknown 1977-05-05
Family Feud Unknown 1976-07-12
Starsky and Hutch Unknown 1975-04-30
Barney Miller Unknown 1974-08-22
Kojak Unknown 1973-10-24
M*A*S*H Unknown 1972-09-17