Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Actor, Producer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1918 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (62)

TV Land Moguls 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman 2002 (Movie)

of Alfred (Voice)

Babylon 5 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Batman: The Animated Series 1992 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Subzero 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

The Visitor 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1958 - 1964, 1988 - 1989, 1992 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Picket Fences 1958 - 1964, 1988 - 1989, 1993 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Burke's Law 1958 - 1964, 1993 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Legend of Prince Valiant 1991 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

The Nanny 1958 - 1964, 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Trade Winds 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm 1993 (Movie)

of Alfred the Butler (Voice)

The New Zorro 1989 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Hot Shots! 1991 (Movie)

Wilson (Actor)

The Avenging 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Place Called Elmira 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Killers at the Box Office 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Hotel 1983 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Charley's Aunt 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Gian Carlo Menotti: The Musical Magician 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Remington Steele 1982 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual Emmy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

You Are the Jury 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 50th Presidential Inaugural Gala 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

You Are the Jury 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Beyond Witch Mountain 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Family in Blue 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gathering, Part II 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Wild About Harry 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Airport 1975 1974 (Movie)

Pilot Stacy (Actor)

The F.B.I. 1965 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

A Salute to Television's 25th Anniversary 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Wait Until Dark 1967 (Movie)

Sam Hendrix (Actor)

Harlow 1965 (Movie)

William Mansfield (Actor)

77 Sunset Strip 1958 - 1964 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Reward 1964 (Movie)

Frank Bryant (Actor)

Maverick 1957 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

By Love Possessed 1961 (Movie)

Arthur Winner (Actor)

The Chapman Report 1961 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

A Fever in the Blood 1960 (Movie)

Judge Leland Hoffman (Actor)

The Crowded Sky 1959 (Movie)

Dale Heath (Actor)

Home Before Dark 1958 (Movie)

Jake Diamond (Actor)

Too Much, Too Soon 1958 (Movie)

Vincent Bryant (Actor)

Violent Road 1958 (Movie)

George Lawrence (Actor)

Band of Angels 1957 (Movie)

Ethan Sears (Actor)

Bombers B-52 1957 (Movie)

Colonel Jim Herlihy (Actor)

The Deep Six 1957 (Movie)

Lieutenant Blanchard (Actor)

Concerning Miss Marlowe 1953 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

A Family Upside Down (TV Show)

Actor

Baby Sister (TV Show)

Actor

Cab to Canada (TV Show)

Actor

Gargoyles (TV Show)

Voice

Scruples (TV Show)

Actor

Shooting Stars (TV Show)

Actor

Terror Out of the Sky (TV Show)

Actor

The Best Place to Be (TV Show)

Actor

Who Is the Black Dahlia? (TV Show)

Actor

Zorro -- The Legend Begins (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

Relationships

Alma Gluck

Mother
the first performer to be rewarded with a certified Gold Record

Emily McNair

Wife
married in 1945 until her death in 1950

Loranda Spalding

Wife
married in 1956 divorced remarried in 1972 died in 2007 of lung cancer

Efrem Zimbalist

Father

Nancy Zimbalist

Daughter
mother Emily McNair

Stephanie Zimbalist

Daughter
mother, Loranda Spalding

Efrem Zimbalist

Son
mother Emily McNair

EDUCATION

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut

The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York , New York

Milestones

1975

Was in all-star cast as the pilot in "Airport 1975"

1967

Played Audrey Hepburn's husband in "Wait Until Dark"

1957

Played private detective Stuart Bailey for first time on "Conflict" (ABC)

1950

Made feature film debut, "House of Strangers"

1950

Produced "The Consul" on Broadway

1947

Produced "The Medium" and "The Telephone" on stage in NYC

1946

Appeared in five productions with the American Repertory Theatre Company in NYC

1944

Stage debut, "The Rugged Path" in NY

Did voice of King Arthur on animated "Legend of Prince Valiant"

TV series debut as regular, reprised role of Stuart Bailey on "77 Sunset Strip"

Starred as Inspector Erskine on "The F.B.I."

Played Zorro's father on "Zorro - The Legend Begins"

Abadoned show business for two years after the death of his first wife

Played recurring role of Dandy Jim Buckley on "Maverick"

Bonus Trivia

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Awarded the Purple Heart during WWII

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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.

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