Tambor in June 2015
Jeffrey Michael Tambor
July 8, 1944
|Alma mater||San Francisco State University|
Wayne State University
(m. 1991; div. 2000)
Jeffrey Michael Tambor (born July 8, 1944) is an American actor 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, 2018-2019) and Maura Pfefferman on Transparent (2014-2017). For his role in the latter, Tambor earned two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series out of three nominations. In 2015, he was also awarded a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Pfefferman.
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 has done voice acting for The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004), Monsters vs. Aliens (2009), Tangled (2010), and Trolls (2016). For his voice role in The Lionhearts (1998), he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award. From 2002 to 2003, he was an announcer for the Hollywood Squares.
Tambor was born in San Francisco, California, the son of Eileen (born Salzberg), a homemaker, and 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".
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!".
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 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 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. 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 May 2017, Tambor released a book entitled Are You Anybody? A Memoir.
In February 2014, Amazon premiered its original series Transparent, which starred Tambor as Maura Pfefferman (born Morton Pfefferman), a divorced transgender 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 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. This made him the first actor to win an Emmy for portraying a transgender character.
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, 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.
On November 8, 2017, Tambor was accused of sexual misconduct by his former assistant, Van Barnes. 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." 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."
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."
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 his defense against the allegations and affirmed his scenes will remain within the show.
In his first interview since leaving Transparent, Tambor, speaking to The Hollywood Reporter in May 2018, 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 [himself] to death" about whether he was portraying his transgender character truthfully, and that the stress sometimes made him "difficult" and "mean".
On May 3, 2018 in interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Tambor apologized for the actions that led to the accusations, and mentioned one "blowup" he had with Arrested Development co-star Jessica Walter during the show's production. On May 23, 2018, 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."
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.
In 2007, Tambor was reported to be a Scientologist. However, in February 2008, he 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||The Man Who Wasn't There||Boris Potemkin|
|1983||Mr. Mom||Jinx Latham|
|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||My Teacher's Wife||Jack Boomer|
|1999||Muppets from Space||K. Edgar Singer|
|1999||Teaching Mrs. Tingle||Coach "Spanky" Wenchell|
|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|
|2003||Under the Tuscan Sun||Lawyer||Uncredited|
|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||Tangled||Big Nose Thug (voice)|
|2010||Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo||Mr. Calvin Curdles (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2011||Win Win||Stephen Vigman|
|2011||Meeting Spencer||Harris Chapell|
|2011||The Hangover Part II||Sidney "Sid" Garner||Cameo|
|2011||Mr Popper's Penguins||Mr. Gremmins|
|2012||For the Love of Money||Mr. Solomon|
|2013||The Hangover Part III||Sidney "Sid" Garner||Cameo|
|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|
|2020||Magic Camp||Roy Preston|
|1977||Kojak||Medical examiner||Episode: "Lady in the Squadroom"|
|1978||Starsky & 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"|
|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||9 to 5||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||Kyle Montgomery
|Episode: "Dead Woman's Shoes"|
Episode: "The World Next Door"
|1986||Mr. Sunshine||Paul Stark||11 episodes|
|1986||Wildfire||Oberon (voice)||Episode: "A Visit to Wonderland"|
|1986-1987||The New Adventures of 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 (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 vs. 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||82 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|
|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||Lester 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 (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--Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series (2017)
Nominated--Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (2017)
Nominated--TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy (2015)
|2014||The Millers||Ed Dolan||2 episodes|
|2014||Jennifer Falls||Don Hirsh||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2015-2018||Star vs. the Forces of Evil||Glossaryck (voice)||21 episodes, replaced with Keith David|
|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||Tangled: The Series||Big Nose (voice)||9 episodes|
|2017||The Orville||Ben Mercer||Episode: "Command Performance"|
|2004||The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie||King Neptune (voice)|
|2009||Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust||Larry Laffer (voice)|
...Tambor's rep tells People.