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Born: November 30, 1918 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, producer

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One of the most sophisticated and professional actors of the small screen, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. rose to fame in the late 1950s and early 1960s on the strength of two popular television series: "77 Sunset Strip" (ABC, 1958-1964) and "The FBI" (ABC, 1965-1974). Tall, well spoken and always impeccable in dress and manner, Zimbalist was the epitome of the confident, competent professional man of the period, who viewed each challenge with determination and the occasional wry quip. Both shows would represent the high points of his acting career, but their success would allow him to work at an astonishing rate for the next four decades in television, including a lengthy stint as a voiceover artist in his eighth and ninth decades. A highly admired holdover from the Golden Age of American television, Zimbalist's carriage and talent kept him both active and appreciated, a legacy that most actors would have considered the perfect final act of their careers. Efrem Zimbalist Jr. died at the age of 95, staying active until the very end; his obituaries mentioned that he was watering the lawn at home at the time he died.

One of the most sophisticated and professional actors of the small screen, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. rose to fame in the late 1950s and early 1960s on the strength of two popular television series: "77 Sunset Strip" (ABC, 1958-1964) and "The FBI" (ABC, 1965-1974). Tall, well spoken and always impeccable in dress and manner, Zimbalist was the epitome of the confident, competent professional man of the period, who viewed each challenge with determination and the occasional wry quip. Both shows would represent the high points of his acting career, but their success would allow him to work at an astonishing rate for the next four decades in television, including a lengthy stint as a voiceover artist in his eighth and ninth decades. A highly admired holdover from the Golden Age of American television, Zimbalist's carriage and talent kept him both active and appreciated, a legacy that most actors would have considered the perfect final act of their careers. Efrem Zimbalist Jr. died at the age of 95, staying active until the very end; his obituaries mentioned that he was watering the lawn at home at the time he died.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (2003) Voice Of Alfred
2.
 Batman and Mr. Freeze: Subzero (1998) Voice Of Alfred
3.
 Cab to Canada (1998) Vice Chandler
4.
 Hot Shots! (1991) Wilson
6.
 Baby Sister (1983) Tom Burroughs
7.
 Shooting Stars (1983) Jonathan Light
8.
 Avenging, The (1982)
9.
 Gathering, Part II, The (1979) Victor Wainwright
10.
 Family Upside Down, A (1978) Mike Long
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Milestones close milestones

1945:
Stage debut, "The Rugged Path" in NY
1946:
Appeared in five productions with the American Repertory Theatre Company in NYC
1947:
Produced "The Medium" and "The Telephone" on stage in NYC
1950:
Produced "The Consul" on Broadway
1950:
Made feature film debut, "House of Strangers"
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Abadoned show business for two years after the death of his first wife
1957:
Played private detective Stuart Bailey for first time on "Conflict" (ABC)
:
Played recurring role of Dandy Jim Buckley on "Maverick"
:
TV series debut as regular, reprised role of Stuart Bailey on "77 Sunset Strip"
:
Starred as Inspector Erskine on "The F.B.I."
1967:
Played Audrey Hepburn's husband in "Wait Until Dark"
1975:
Was in all-star cast as the pilot in "Airport 1975"
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Played Zorro's father on "Zorro - The Legend Begins"
:
Did voice of King Arthur on animated "Legend of Prince Valiant"
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Education

Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut -
The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: New York , New York -

Notes

Awarded the Purple Heart during WWII

Although both of Zimbalist's parents were born in the Jewish faith, they became Christians and Zimbalist was raised as such, becoming a Born Again later in life and appearing frequently on "The 700 Club" and other Christian-oriented program to testify about his faith.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Emily McNair. Married in 1945 until her death in 1950.
wife:
Loranda Stephanie Spalding. Married in 1956; divorced; remarried in 1972.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Efrem Zimbalist. Violinist.
mother:
Alma Gluck. Opera singer. The first performer to be rewarded with a certified Gold Record.
daughter:
Nancy Zimbalist. Mother Emily McNair.
son:
Efrem Zimbalist III. Mother Emily McNair.
daughter:
Stephanie Zimbalist. Actor. Mother, Loranda Spalding.
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