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Jeffrey Michael Tambor (born July 8, 1944) is an American actor, perhaps most known for his roles as George Bluth Sr. on the television series Arrested Development and Hank Kingsley on The Larry Sanders Show.

Personal life

Tambor was born in San Franciscomarker, Californiamarker, the son of Eileen (née Salzberg), a housewife, and Barney Tambor, a flooring contractor. He grew up in a Conservative Jewish family with roots in Hungarymarker. Tambor is a graduate of San Francisco State Universitymarker, where he studied acting and then went on to receive a master's degree from Wayne State Universitymarker

Some reports state that, like Tambor's longtime associate, acting coach Milton Katselas, Tambor is a Scientologist. However, in February 2008, Tambor expressed concern about "internet reports" that he is involved 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."

In 1991, Tambor married Kathryn Mitchell. They divorced in 1999. He married Kasia Ostlun in October 2001. They have four children.

His daughter, Allisa Tambor, received a degree at York Universitymarker early in June.

On The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on June 3, 2009, Tambor announced his wife is pregnant with twin boys due in October 2009. The boys, Hugo Bernard and Eli Nicholas were born on October 4.


Early career

Tambor first moved to repertory theater, later making his Broadwaymarker 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, and in 2005 in David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross. He has had a significant career in episodic TV, where he made numerous guest appearances and played characters on different shows. Among those shows were Taxi, Kojak, M*A*S*H, Three's Company, and The Ropers. Tambor played four different characters on Three's Company at various points between 1979 and 1982. 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. In 1987–88, Tambor appeared as a regular on the prime time ABC series Max Headroom as Murray, Edison's editor. Later on in his career, he would have success starring in The Larry Sanders Show as egocentric side kick Hank Kingsley.

The Larry Sanders Show

Tambor is often remembered as Hank Kingsley, the 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

In 2003, he starred in the television comedy Arrested Development in a dual role as twin brothers, George Bluth Sr. and Oscar Bluth. In 2004, Tambor was nominated for his fifth Emmy award, but lost to David Hyde Pierce for the final season of the sitcom Frasier. In 2005, Tambor received his sixth Emmy nomination for his work on the show. Par for the course, he lost to Brad Garrett for his performance in the final season of Everybody Loves Raymond.

Later career

Tambor served as the announcer for the game show Hollywood Squares in 2002 and 2003 and also made an appearance as well. 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 Broadwaymarker 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 made a cameo appearance in Entourage Season 5, Episode 7, as himself. He appeared again in Season 6 Episode 5.

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 animation film Monsters vs. Aliens and in the comedy The Hangover. has reported that Tambor will star in a new indie comedy, Lucky.

Awards and nominations

Tambor has been nominated for two Emmy Awards on Arrested Development and four for The Larry Sanders Show. He has won a Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He has been nominated for two Screen Actors Guild Award along with the cast of Arrested Development, for Best Cast in a Comedy Series. He has also been nominated for a Television Critics Association Awards for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Comedy Series.


In popular culture

In The Simpsons episode "Treehouse of Horror XVII", Homer turns into a large blob, and eats Dr Phil and states that he tastes like Jeffrey Tambor.


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  2. Jeffrey Tambor interview, Tavis Smiley, 30 January 2008.
  3. Oppenheimer, Mark. The Actualizer, The New York Times, 15 July 2007.
  4. Beck, Marilyn and Stacy Jenel. The Hollywood Exclusive,, 4 February 2008.

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