Jeffrey Tambor

Jeffrey Tambor

Birth name: Jeffrey Michael Tambor
Born: July 8, 1944
Age: 78
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, U.S.
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Jeffrey Michael Tambor (born July 8, 1944)[1] is an American actor, voice artist and comedian. He is known for his television roles such as Hank Kingsley on The Larry Sanders Show (1992-1998), George Bluth Sr. and Oscar Bluth on Arrested Development (2003-2006, 2013, 2018) and Maura Pfefferman on Transparent (2014-2017).

His film roles include Jay Porter in ...And Justice for All (1979), Jinx Latham in Mr. Mom (1983), Sully in There's Something About Mary (1998), the Mayor of Whoville in How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), Tom Manning in Hellboy (2004) and its sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), Sid Garner in The Hangover trilogy (2009-2013), Francis Silverberg in The Accountant (2016), and Georgy Malenkov in The Death of Stalin (2017).

Tambor was born in San Francisco, California, the son of Eileen (née Salzberg), a homemaker, and Bernard Tambor, a flooring contractor.[1] He grew up in a Conservative Jewish family with roots in Hungary and Ukraine.[2][3][4] Tambor is a graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School[5] and San Francisco State University, where he studied acting and then went on to receive a master's degree from Wayne State University.[6]



Early career

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.[7] 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 Show

Tambor played 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. The character had the then-famous catch phrase "Hey Now!".

Arrested Development

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

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 taught a class for actors. He was a longtime teaching associate of 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.[8] 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 2012, Tambor 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 Arrested Development for season 4.

In May 2017, Tambor released, Are You Anybody? A Memoir.


In February 2014, Amazon premiered its original series Transparent, which starred Tambor as Maura Pfefferman (born Morton Pfefferman), a transgender, divorced, Jewish parent of three.[9] 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 his speech.[10] 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. This made him the first actor to win an Emmy for portraying a transgender character.[11]

For the show's second season, Tambor again received positive reviews, as well as a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy, and 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.

Following allegations of sexual harassment, Tambor said he will not return for the show's fifth season,[12] which was later confirmed on February 15, 2018 when Amazon confirmed to Deadline that Tambor was not coming back and that the harassment investigation was recently concluded.[13]

Harassment allegations

Sexual misconduct allegations

On November 8, 2017, Tambor was accused of sexual misconduct by his former assistant, Van Barnes.[14] On November 16, 2017, actress Trace Lysette additionally made accusations against Tambor. Tambor responded, "I am deeply sorry if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being sexually aggressive or if I ever offended or hurt anyone. But the fact is, for all my flaws, I am not a predator and the idea that someone might see me in that way is more distressing than I can express."[15] Days later, makeup artist Tamara Delbridge also accused Tambor of sexual improprieties on the set of the 2001 film Never Again. Tambor said he did not recall the incident, but apologized "for any discomfort or offense I may have inadvertently caused her."[16]

By this time, Tambor had left Transparent, saying in a statement on November 19, "Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life. What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago. I’ve already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue. Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to Transparent."[17]

The allegations came after filming for the fifth season of Arrested Development had completed that same month. The show's team has supported Tambor in defending against the allegations, and affirmed his scenes will remain within the show.[18]


In his first interview since being released from Transparent, Tambor, speaking to The Hollywood Reporter in early May, continued to deny allegations that he had sexually harassed his former assistant or Trace Lysette on the series, but admitted to having anger issues throughout his life. He also said that while he was on the show he "worried to death" about whether he was portraying his transgender character truthfully, and that the stress sometimes made him "difficult" and "mean".[19]

Verbal harassment allegation

On May 23, 2018, Tambor's Arrested Development co-star Jessica Walter said in a New York Times cast interview that Tambor had verbally harassed her. “He never crossed the line on our show, with any, you know, sexual whatever. Verbally, yes, he harassed me, but he did apologize, In like almost 60 years of working, I’ve never had anybody yell at me like that on a set.”[20][21]

Personal life

Tambor has an adult daughter from an earlier relationship. He and his wife Kasia have son Gabriel Kasper, younger daughter Eve Julia, and twin sons Hugo Bernard and Eli Nicholas, born on October 4, 2009.[22]

In 2007, Tambor was reported to be a Scientologist.[23] 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."[24]



Year Title Role Notes
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
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
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
2002 Branded
2003 Under the Tuscan Sun Lawyer Uncredited
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 The 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 Monsters vs. Aliens Carl Murphy (voice)
2009 The Hangover Sidney "Sid" Garner
2009 The Invention of Lying Anthony James
2010 Operation: Endgame Devil
2010 Tangled Big-nosed thug (voice)
2010 Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo Mr. Calvin Curdles (voice) Direct-to-video
2011 Win Win Stephen Vigman
2011 Flypaper Gordon Blythe
2011 Paul Adam Shadowchild
2011 King Neptune 3D King Neptune
2011 Lucky Detective Waylon
2011 Meeting Spencer Harris Chapell
2011 The Hangover Part II Sidney "Sid" Garner
2011 Mr Popper's Penguins Mr. Gremmins
2012 For the Love of Money Mr. Solomon
2012 Branded Bob Gibbons
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
2019 Magic Camp Roy Preston Post-production


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 The 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"[25]
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 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 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 The Larry Sanders Show Hank Kingsley 89 episodes
Nominated—CableACE Award for Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
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 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
2013, 2018
Arrested Development George Bluth, Sr. / Oscar Bluth 66 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Television Series
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Nominated—TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy
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"
2008-2009 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 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
2011 Night of the Living Carrots Carl Murphy (voice) Television special
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
2014-2017 Transparent Maura Pfefferman 40 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy
Satellite Award for Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Dorian Award for Best TV Performance of the Year — Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated—TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy
2014 The Millers Ed Dolan 2 episodes
2014 Jennifer Falls Don Hirsh Episode: "Pilot"
2015-2018 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Glossaryck (voice) 19 episodes
2015 W/ Bob & David Audiobook Narrator (voice) Episode: "Episode Four"
2015 Yo Gabba Gabba! Mini King Tambor Episode: Quest
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-present Tangled: The Series Big Nose (voice) 9 episodes
2017 The Orville Ben Mercer Episode: "Command Performance"

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