Jeffrey Michael Tambor (born July 8, 1944) is an American actor, voice artist, and comedian widely known for his roles as Hank Kingsley on The Larry Sanders Show, George Bluth Sr. and Oscar Bluth on Arrested Development, and Maura Pfefferman on Transparent, for which he has received one Golden Globe, one Screen Actors Guild and two Emmy Awards.
|Born||Jeffrey Michael Tambor
July 8, 1944
San Francisco, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||San Francisco State University
Wayne State University
|Occupation||Actor, voice artist, comedian|
|Spouse(s)||Kasia Ostlun (m. 2001)|
Tambor was born in San Francisco, California, the son of Eileen (née Salzberg), a homemaker, and Michael Bernard Tambor, a flooring contractor. He grew up in a Conservative Jewish family with roots in Hungary and Ukraine. Tambor is a graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School and San Francisco State University, where he studied Acting and then went on to receive a master's degree from Wayne State University.
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 1981 he appeared in an episode of Barney Miller as a man who was trying to bring exposure to the members of the Trilateral Commission in charge of the coming New World Order. In 1987 and 1988, Tambor appeared as a regular on the prime time ABC series Max Headroom as Murray, Edison's editor. In 1990, he appeared in the music video for the Phil Collins song 'I Wish It Would Rain Down'.
The Larry Sanders ShowEdit
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 Kingsley's then-famous catch phrase "Hey Now!".
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."
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 on 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. In 2009, Tambor began playing 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.
Tambor replaced Kelsey Grammer as Georges in the Broadway revival of the musical La Cage aux Folles on February 15, 2011, but withdrew from the production after the February 24 performance. Also in 2011, Tambor starred in an indie comedy, Lucky. That same year, 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 February 2014, Amazon premiered its original series Transparent, which stars Tambor as Maura Pfefferman (born Morton Pfefferman), a transgender, divorced, Jewish parent of three. Tambor won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for his portrayal and thanked the transgender community in the midst of his speech. He won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance in season 1 of the show, his first win in 7 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, following nominations for The Larry Sanders Show and Arrested Development. This makes him the first actor to win an Emmy for portraying a transgender character.
For the show's second season, Tambor, once again, received rave reviews, and his performance earned him a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy, as well as wins for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series, and the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series.
Tambor has five children. His oldest child, Molly Tambor, was born on July 5, 1975. 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 adopted son Gabriel Kasper was born on December 10, 2004, and his daughter Molly Tambor gave birth to son Mason Jay Moore on December 14, 2004. On December 10, 2006, he and his wife adopted their second child, daughter Eve Julia ("Evie"). 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.
In 2007, Tambor was reported to be a Scientologist. However, in February 2008, Tambor expressed concern about "Internet reports" about his alleged involvement with Scientology 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."
|1972||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 Latham|
|1983||The Man Who Wasn't There||Boris Potemkin|
|1984||No Small Affair||Ken|
|1987||Three O'Clock High||Mr. Rice|
|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|
|1993||A House in the Hills||Willie|
|1994||Radioland Murders||Walt Whalen Jr.|
|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||How the Grinch Stole Christmas||Mayor Augustus Maywho|
|2001||Get Well Soon||Mitchell|
|2003||Malibu's Most Wanted||Dr. Feldman|
|2003||My Boss's Daughter||Ken|
|2004||SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, TheThe SpongeBob SquarePants Movie||King Neptune (voice)|
|2007||Super Sleuth Christmas Movie||Santa Claus (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 James|
|2009||Hangover, TheThe Hangover||Sidney "Sid" Garner|
|2009||Monsters vs. Aliens||Carl Murphy (voice)|
|2010||Tangled||Big-nosed thug (voice)|
|2010||Meeting Spencer||Harris Chapell|
|2010||Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo||Mr. Calvin Curdles (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2011||Hangover Part II, TheThe Hangover Part II||Sidney "Sid" Garner|
|2011||Win Win||Stephen Vigman|
|2011||Mr Popper's Penguins||Mr. Gremmins|
|2012||For the Love of Money||Mr. Solomon|
|2013||The Hangover Part III||Sidney "Sid" Garner|
|2014||The Clockwork Girl||Wilhelm the Tinkerer (voice)|
|2014||A Merry Friggin' Christmas||Snow Globe Snowman (voice)|
|2015||The D Train||Bill Shurmur|
|2016||Trolls||King Peppy (voice)|
|2016||The Accountant||Francis Silverberg|
|2017||55 Steps||Mort Cohen|
|2017||The Death of Stalin||Georgy Malenkov|
|2018||Magic Camp||Roy Preston||Post-production|
|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"|
|1982||CBS Children's Mystery Theatre||Nick Alessio||Episode: "The Zertigo Diamond Caper"|
|1982||The Little Rascals||Additional characters (voice)||Episode: "Rascal's Revenge"|
|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||The Awakening of Candra||Professor Michael Silver||Television film|
|1984||The Three Wishes of Billy Grier||Dr. Lindsay||Television film|
|1985||Robert Kennedy and His Times||Pierre Salinger||Episode: "Episode 1.1"|
|1985–1986||The Twilight Zone||Klye Montgomery / Milton||2 episodes|
|1986||Mr. Sunshine||Paul Stark||11 episodes|
|1986||Wildfire||Oberon (voice)||Episode: "A Visit to Wonderland"|
|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"|
|1989||Studio 5-B||Lionel Goodman||10 episodes|
|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 (voice)||Episode: "Appointment in Crime Alley"|
|1992–1998||Larry Sanders Show, TheThe Larry Sanders Show||Hank Kingsley||89 episodes
Nominated—CableACE Award for Actor in a Comedy Series (1994–1997)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1993, 1996–1998)
|1992||1775||Colonial Govornor||Episode: "Pilot"|
|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"|
|1995||The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat||Phelix The Cat (voice)||Episode: "Surreal Estate/Phony Phelix/Five Minute Meatbal"|
|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 (voice)||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 (voice)||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|
|Arrested Development||George Bluth, Sr. / Oscar Bluth||66 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Television Series (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)
Nominated—TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy (2004)
|2004||Game Over||Dr. Zed (voice)||2 episodes|
|2005||The Muppets' Wizard of Oz||Wizard of Oz||Television film|
|2006||Twenty Good Years||Jeffrey||13 episodes|
|2007||Law & Order||Judge Barry Dilwynn||Episode: "The Family Hour"|
|2007–2015||WordGirl||Mr. Big / Mr. Birg / Various voices||32 episodes|
|2008||Welcome to The Captain||Saul Fish (voice)||5 episodes|
|2008||Good Behavior||Hy||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2008||The New Adventures of Old Christine||Neil||Episode: "Snakes on a Date"|
|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||Episode: "Pilot"|
|Archer||Torvald Utne / Len Trexler/ Len Drexler (voices)||11 episodes|
|2010||Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated||Gill Littlefoot (voice)||Episode: "The Grasp of the Gnome"|
|2011||Running Wilde||Mr. Wilde||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 Riggins||6 episodes|
|2012||The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange||Mr. Orange / Blueberry (voice)||2 episodes|
|2012||Next Caller||Jefferson Mingus||4 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||Arnold||2 episodes|
|2014–present||Transparent||Maura Pfefferman||28 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (2015–2016)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series (2016)
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2015)
Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2015–2016)
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series (2015–2016)
Dorian Award for Best TV Performance of the Year — Actor (2015–2016)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2016–2017)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2016)
Nominated—TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy (2015)
|2014||The Millers||Ed Dolan||2 episodes|
|2014||Jennifer Falls||Don Hirsh||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2015–2017||Star vs. the Forces of Evil||Glossaryck (voice)||14 episodes|
|2015||W/ Bob & David||Audiobook Narrator (voice)||Episode: "Episode Four"|
|2016||Cassius and Clay||(voice)||Pilot|
|2016||Brad Neely's Harg Nallin' Sclopio Peepio||Audiobook Narrator (voice)||Episode: "For Charlize"|
|2017||Tangled: Before Ever After||Big Nose (voice)||Television film|
|2017||Tangled: The Series||Big Nose (voice)||5 episodes|
|2017||The Orville||Ben Mercer||Episode: "Command Performance"|
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