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Also Known As: Jeffrey Michael Tambor Died:
Born: July 8, 1944 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Francisco, California, USA Profession: actor, playwright, acting teacher

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Often seen onscreen playing officious and obsequious types in a variety of film and television roles, actor Jeffrey Tambor first made himself known as the narcissistic sidekick Hank Kingsley on the acclaimed cable sitcom "The Larry Sanders" (HBO, 1992-98). Prior to his Emmy-nominated success on that show, Tambor went back and forth between comedy and drama, playing the recurring role of a judge on Hill Street Blues" (NBC, 1981-87) while turning in comic performances in "Mr. Mom" (1983) and "City Slickers" (1991). Once he landed the role of Hank, Tambor quickly emerged as a fan favorite, thanks to his many sparring matches with the fictional late night talk show host (Garry Shandling) and the show's producer (Rip Torn). After the program left the air in 1998, Tambor moved on to supporting roles in major films like "There's Something About Mary" (1998), "Girl Interrupted" (1999) and "Pollock" (2000), before returning to the small screen as the incarcerated George Bluth, Sr. on the hilarious and short-lived critical darling, "Arrested Development" (Fox, 2003-06). Tambor also played George's stoner twin brother, Oscar, to hilarious perfection. Meanwhile, he kept busy working in features like "The...

Often seen onscreen playing officious and obsequious types in a variety of film and television roles, actor Jeffrey Tambor first made himself known as the narcissistic sidekick Hank Kingsley on the acclaimed cable sitcom "The Larry Sanders" (HBO, 1992-98). Prior to his Emmy-nominated success on that show, Tambor went back and forth between comedy and drama, playing the recurring role of a judge on Hill Street Blues" (NBC, 1981-87) while turning in comic performances in "Mr. Mom" (1983) and "City Slickers" (1991). Once he landed the role of Hank, Tambor quickly emerged as a fan favorite, thanks to his many sparring matches with the fictional late night talk show host (Garry Shandling) and the show's producer (Rip Torn). After the program left the air in 1998, Tambor moved on to supporting roles in major films like "There's Something About Mary" (1998), "Girl Interrupted" (1999) and "Pollock" (2000), before returning to the small screen as the incarcerated George Bluth, Sr. on the hilarious and short-lived critical darling, "Arrested Development" (Fox, 2003-06). Tambor also played George's stoner twin brother, Oscar, to hilarious perfection. Meanwhile, he kept busy working in features like "The Hangover" (2009), while also providing his distinctive baritone voice to a variety of animated works, proving that Tambor remained one of the most highly-sought after character performers in the business.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Trouble Dolls (2014)
2.
 Phil Spector (2013)
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 Branded (2012)
5.
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 Paul (2011)
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 Meeting Spencer (2011)
9.
 Flypaper (2011)
10.
 Win Win (2011)
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1955:
Began studying acting and theater at age 11
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Taught theater classes at Wayne State University
1976:
Made Broadway debut in Arthur Penn's "Sly Fox"
1979:
Feature film debut, playing Al Pacino's mentally unstable law partner in "And Justice for All"
1979:
Appeared several times on ABC's "Three's Company"
1979:
First role as a series regular, ABC's spin-off "The Ropers"
1980:
First TV miniseries, "Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story" (NBC)
1981:
Cast in the recurring role of Judge Alan Wachtel on NBC's police drama, "Hill Street Blues"
1983:
Played Michael Keaton's boss in the comedy "Mr. Mom"
1987:
Cast on the short-lived ABC series, "Max Headroom"
1987:
Lent his voice to the syndicated children's series, "The New Adventures of Jonny Quest"
1991:
Co-starred in Mel Brooks' "Life Stinks"
1992:
Played Hank Kingsley on the HBO comedy series, "The Larry Sanders Show"; received several Best Supporting Actor Emmy (1993, 1996, 1997, 1998) nominations
1998:
Played Dr. Fish in the Eddie Murphy comedy, "Doctor Dolittle"
1998:
Cast as Sully the Farrelly brothers comedy "There's Something About Mary"
1999:
Starred as Dr. Melvin Potts opposite Winona Ryder in "Girl, Interrupted"
1999:
Cast in NBC's short-lived sitcom "Everything's Relative"
2000:
Cast as Mayor Augustus Maywho in "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas"
2003:
Played dual role of twin brothers, George Bluth Sr. and Oscar Bluth on the FOX sitcom, "Arrested Development"; received Best Supporting Actor Emmy (2004, 2005) nominations
2004:
Cast in Guillermo del Toro's comic book adaption, "Hellboy"
2004:
Voiced King Neptune in "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie"
2006:
Co-starred with John Lithgow on the short-lived NBC sitcom, "Twenty Good Years"
2008:
Reprised role for "Hellboy II: The Golden Army"
2008:
Played a fictionalized version of in several episodes of HBO's "Entourage"
2009:
Appeared in the Todd Phillips comedy "The Hangover"
2010:
Lent his voice to the animated feature "Tangled"
2011:
Reprised role as Sid Garner in Todd Phillips' "The Hangover Part II"
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Education

San Francisco State University: San Francisco , California -
Wayne State University: Detroit , Michigan -
Wayne State University: Detroit , Michigan -

Notes

"He's just brilliantly funny," Shandling recalls. "I would sit in editing and watch him and laugh out loud, and always know that Jeffrey could do anything in any story and have enough weight to actually make the show work. He could hold up the show. He had that part from the second he walked in to audition. He was Hank, just like that. It's really weird."---Gary Shandling on Tamor playing Hank on "The Larry Sanders Show" Premiere May 2004

"I'm so thankful I went bald at 16," he says. "I've made my whole life being on the call sheet as number four through number seven, and I'm just not going to be the guy in front of the Titanic with my arms spread out. I made my peace very early with that."---Tambor quoted to , August 17, 2004.

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wife:
Kasia Ostlun. Actor. Born c. 1968; announced engagement in February 2001; married on October 6, 2001.

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daughter:
Molly Tambor. Born c. 1975.

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