Anthony Zerbe

Actor, Theater director
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) ... Read more »
Born: 05/20/1936 in Long Beach, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (74)

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks 2014 (Movie)

Mr. Crumwald (Actor)

Veritas: The Prince of Truth 2014 (Movie)

Porterfield (Actor)

American Hustle 2013 (Movie)

Senator Horton Mitchell (Actor)

The Directors 1998 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Matrix Reloaded 2003 (Movie)

Councillor Hamann (Actor)

The Matrix Revolutions 2003 (Movie)

Councillor Hamann (Actor)

True Crime 1999 (Movie)

Governor Henry Lowenstein (Actor)

Star Trek: Insurrection 1998 (Movie)

Admiral Dougherty (Actor)

Touch 1997 (Movie)

Father Donahue (Actor)

Medicine Ball 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1992 - 1995 (Tv Show)

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Under Suspicion 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Treasure Island: The Adventure Begins 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Jack's Place 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

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The Young Riders 1989 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Columbo Goes to the Guillotine 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Licence to Kill 1989 (Movie)

Milton Krest (Actor)

Listen to Me 1989 (Movie)

Senator McKellar (Actor)

See No Evil, Hear No Evil 1989 (Movie)

Sutherland (Actor)

Independence 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Private Investigations 1987 (Movie)

Charles Bradley (Actor)

Steel Dawn 1987 (Movie)

Damnil (Actor)

Off Beat 1986 (Movie)

Mr Wareham (Actor)

Opposing Force 1986 (Movie)

Becker (Actor)

A.D. 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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George Washington 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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The Dead Zone 1983 (Movie)

Roger Stuart (Actor)

The Return of the Man From U.N.C.L.E. 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Attack of the Phantoms 1979 (Movie)

Abner Devereaux (Actor)

First Deadly Sin 1979 (Movie)

Captain Broughton (Actor)

How the West Was Won 1976 - 1979 (TV Show)

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KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Who'll Stop the Rain? 1978 (Movie)

Antheil (Actor)

In the Glitter Palace 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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The Turning Point 1977 (Movie)

Rosie (Actor)

Harry O 1974 - 1976 (TV Show)

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Farewell, My Lovely 1975 (Movie)

Brunette (Actor)

Rooster Cogburn 1975 (Movie)

Breed (Actor)

The Parallax View 1974 (Movie)

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Papillon 1973 (Movie)

Toussaint (Actor)

The Laughing Policeman 1973 (Movie)

Lieutenant Styner (Actor)

The Hound of the Baskervilles 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean 1972 (Movie)

Hustler (Actor)

The Omega Man 1971 (Movie)

Matthias (Actor)

The Strange Vengeance of Rosalie 1971 (Movie)

Fry (Actor)

The Liberation of L.B. Jones 1970 (Movie)

Willie Joe Worth (Actor)

The Molly Maguires 1970 (Movie)

Dougherty (Actor)

They Call Me Mr. Tibbs 1969 (Movie)

Rice Weedon (Actor)

Will Penny 1968 (Movie)

Dutchy (Actor)

Cool Hand Luke 1967 (Movie)

Dog Boy (Actor)

A Question of Honor (TV Show)

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Asteroid (TV Show)

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Attica (TV Show)

Actor

Baja Oklahoma (TV Show)

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Centennial (TV Show)

Actor

Child of Glass (TV Show)

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Dream West (TV Show)

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North and South: Book II (TV Show)

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On Seventh Avenue (TV Show)

Actor

Once an Eagle (TV Show)

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One Police Plaza (TV Show)

Actor

Psychic Detectives (TV Show)

Actor

She Lives (TV Show)

Actor

Snatched (TV Show)

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The Chisholms (TV Show)

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The Healers (TV Show)

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The Priest Killer (TV Show)

Actor

The Seduction of Miss Leona (TV Show)

Actor

The Statesman (TV Show)

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To Save a Child (TV Show)

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Total Recall 2070 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

Relationships

Arthur Le Van Zerbe

Father

Catherine Zerbe

Mother

Jared Le Van Zerbe

Son

Arnette Jens

Wife
married on October 7, 1962

Jennet Zerbe

Daughter
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)

EDUCATION

S A Conservatory of Acting

New York 1958 - 1960

Pomona College

Pomona , California 1954 - 1955

Milestones

1998

Had featured role in "Star Trek: Insurrection"

1997

Returned to the big screen as a priest in "Touch"

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

1989

First non-US feature credit, the British-made James Bond film, "License to Kill", his last feature for six years

1982

Returned to Broadway in the short-lived production "Solomon's Child"; play opened on April 8 and closed April 10

1981

Acted on Broadway as Benjamin Hubbard in support of Elizabeth Taylor in a revival of the Lillian Hellman drama, "The Little Foxes"

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)

1977

First performed his one-man stage show, "It's All Done with Mirrors", an evening of poetry written by e e cummings

1976

First TV miniseries, "Once an Eagle"

1975

Began lengthy ongoing theatrical association with the Seattle Repertory Company

1972

Returned to the Old Globe Theater company

1970

TV-movie debut in "The Priest Killer"

1967

Film debut in "Cool Hand Luke"

1967

Began lengthy ongoing stage association with the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles

1962

Worked at the Stratford Theater in Ontario, Canada

1962

Was an actor at the Fred Miller Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1959

Put acting career on hold for a time when he served in the Air Force

1955

Hitchhiked to New York from California after leaving college at age 19 to begin an acting career in the theater

Played series regular role of Teaspoon Hunter on the ABC Western drama series, "The Young Riders"

Played Martin Grey on the ABC Western series, "How the West Was Won", starring James Arness and Eva Marie Saint

Worked as an actor at the Arena Stage in Washington, DC

Performed in regional and off-Broadway productions

First TV series as regular, "Harry O", an ABC detective drama starring David Janssen, in which Zerbe played Lieutenant K.C. Trench

Was a member of the company of the Old Globe Theater in San Diego, CA (date approximate)

Was an actor for the Theater of the Living Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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