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Also Known As: Anthony Jared Zerbe Died:
Born: May 20, 1936 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Long Beach, California, USA Profession: actor, theater director

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For over four decades, Emmy-winning actor Anthony Zerbe compiled an impressive list of character turns, frequently on the amoral side, in countless features, including "Cool Hand Luke" (1967), "The Omega Man" (1971), "The Dead Zone" (1983), "License to Kill" (1989) and "The Matrix Revolutions" (2003). Classically trained, he imbued a sinuous grace and elegance to nearly every role, no matter how scurrilous or ham-fisted, which elevated him to favored actor status in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s. Though a frequent go-to for heels and unsavory types, he could also be a warm and caring paternal figure, as evidenced by his veteran cowpoke on "The Young Riders" (ABC, 1988-1992) and numerous other television programs. Rarely off the screen for more than a few months at a time, Zerbe also maintained a busy theater schedule, which included recitations of classic poetry and the works of e.e. cummings, as well as a traveling master class in acting. His innate believability in any role, no matter how fatuous the feature or TV episode, earned him the affection of two generations of character actor aficionados.

For over four decades, Emmy-winning actor Anthony Zerbe compiled an impressive list of character turns, frequently on the amoral side, in countless features, including "Cool Hand Luke" (1967), "The Omega Man" (1971), "The Dead Zone" (1983), "License to Kill" (1989) and "The Matrix Revolutions" (2003). Classically trained, he imbued a sinuous grace and elegance to nearly every role, no matter how scurrilous or ham-fisted, which elevated him to favored actor status in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s. Though a frequent go-to for heels and unsavory types, he could also be a warm and caring paternal figure, as evidenced by his veteran cowpoke on "The Young Riders" (ABC, 1988-1992) and numerous other television programs. Rarely off the screen for more than a few months at a time, Zerbe also maintained a busy theater schedule, which included recitations of classic poetry and the works of e.e. cummings, as well as a traveling master class in acting. His innate believability in any role, no matter how fatuous the feature or TV episode, earned him the affection of two generations of character actor aficionados.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 American Hustle (2013)
4.
 Matrix Revolutions, The (2003) Councillor Hamann
5.
 Matrix Reloaded, The (2003) Councillor Hamann
6.
 True Crime (1999) Governor Henry Lowenstein
7.
 Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) Admiral Dougherty
8.
 Touch (1997) Father Donahue
9.
 On Seventh Avenue (1996) Roger Aiken
10.
 Jack Reed: Death and Vengeance (1996) Sanford Miller
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1955:
Hitchhiked to New York from California after leaving college at age 19 to begin an acting career in the theater
1959:
Put acting career on hold for a time when he served in the Air Force
1962:
Worked at the Stratford Theater in Ontario, Canada
1962:
Was an actor at the Fred Miller Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Worked as an actor at the Arena Stage in Washington, DC
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Was an actor for the Theater of the Living Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
:
Was a member of the company of the Old Globe Theater in San Diego, CA (date approximate)
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Performed in regional and off-Broadway productions
1967:
Film debut in "Cool Hand Luke"
1967:
Began lengthy ongoing stage association with the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles
1971:
TV-movie debut in "The Priest Killer"
1972:
Returned to the Old Globe Theater company
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First TV series as regular, "Harry O", an ABC detective drama starring David Janssen, in which Zerbe played Lieutenant K.C. Trench
1975:
Began lengthy ongoing theatrical association with the Seattle Repertory Company
1976:
First TV miniseries, "Once an Eagle"
1977:
First performed his one-man stage show, "It's All Done with Mirrors", an evening of poetry written by e e cummings
1977:
First performed in the two-man show, "Behind the Broken Words", alongside Roscoe Lee Browne, a collection of poetry by modern American writers (later performances would include New York City's American Place Theater in 1981)
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Played Martin Grey on the ABC Western series, "How the West Was Won", starring James Arness and Eva Marie Saint
1981:
Acted on Broadway as Benjamin Hubbard in support of Elizabeth Taylor in a revival of the Lillian Hellman drama, "The Little Foxes"
1982:
Returned to Broadway in the short-lived production "Solomon's Child"; play opened on April 8 and closed April 10
1989:
First non-US feature credit, the British-made James Bond film, "License to Kill", his last feature for six years
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Played series regular role of Teaspoon Hunter on the ABC Western drama series, "The Young Riders"
1990:
Became associate artistic director of the GeVa Theater in Rochester New York; started an annual new plays festival, Reflections, for which he has also directed some plays
1997:
Returned to the big screen as a priest in "Touch"
1998:
Had featured role in "Star Trek: Insurrection"
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Education

Pomona College: Pomona , California - 1954 - 1955
S A Conservatory of Acting: - 1958 - 1960

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wife:
Arnette Jens. Married on October 7, 1962.

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father:
Arthur Le Van Zerbe.
mother:
Catherine Zerbe.
daughter:
Jennet Zerbe. Dancer. Appeared in the PBS TV special, "Balanchine and Cunningham: An Evening at the American Ballet Theater" (1988) and also as one of the dancers in the feature film, "Dancers" (1987).
son:
Jared Le Van Zerbe.
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