Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Highest Rated: 95% Wait Until Dark (1967)
Lowest Rated: 29% Airport 1975 (1974)
Birthday: Nov 30, 1918
Birthplace: Not Available
The son of world-famous violinist Efrem Zimbalist and opera star Alma Gluck, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. received an expensive prep-school education in New England, and at age 16 he briefly studied at Yale University. He became a page at the NBC radio studios in New York City, then took acting lessons at Neighborhood Playhouse. Just before serving in World War II (in which he earned a Purple Heart), Zimbalist married another aspiring performer, Emily McNair. After the war, he began toting up Broadway acting credits, and in 1949 made his film debut as Richard Conte's brutish brother in House of Strangers (1949). After his wife died of cancer in 1950, Zimbalist briefly retired from acting, moving with his two children to Philadelphia; there he became a researcher at the Curtis Institute of Music, where his father was director. Shortly after returning to acting in 1954 with a recurring role on the TV soap opera Concerning Miss Marlowe, Zimbalist married East Coast socialite Stephanie Spaulding; the union produced a daughter, also named Stephanie, who grew up to become a popular actress in her own right (Zimbalist's son, Efrem III, has likewise earned a place in "Who's Who" as a publishing company executive). Signed to a long-term Warner Bros. contract, Zimbalist achieved full stardom in the role of suave private detective Stuart Bailey on the weekly TV series 77 Sunset Strip (1958-1964). He went on to another popular Warners series in 1965, playing inspector Lew Erskine in the long-running (nine seasons) The FBI. His later TV roles included Charles Cabot in the 1986 episodes of Hotel, Don Alejandro de la Vega in the first-season installment of the Family Channel's Zorro (1990-1992), and silver-tongued con artist Daniel Chalmers on his daughter Stephanie's weekly series Remington Steele (1982-1987). Generally cast in sophisticated or serious roles, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. has on occasion been permitted to display his flair for zany comedy, as witness his villainous portrayal in the 1990 action-flick satire Hot Shots! In his later years, he voiced a number of animated characters, such as Dr. Octopus in Spider-Man and Alfred Pennyworth in The New Batman Adventures and Justice League. Zimbalist's final acting role was in the 2008 short film The Delivery. He died in 2014 at age 95.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Batman - Mystery of the Batwoman Alfred Pennyworth 2003
92% Batman & Mr. Freeze: Subzero Alfred Pennyworth 1998
No Score Yet Cab to Canada Vice Chancellor 1998
No Score Yet The Street Corner Kids 2: A Place Called Elmira Actor 1995
No Score Yet The Street Corner Kids Actor 1994
84% Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Alfred 1993
No Score Yet Jack L. Warner: The Last Mogul - The Epic Story of the Man Behind the Movies [Voice] / Narrator [Voice] Narrator 1993
83% Hot Shots! Wilson 1991
No Score Yet The Tempest Actor 1985
No Score Yet The Avenging Jacob Anderson 1983
No Score Yet Baby Sister Tom Burroughs 1983
No Score Yet Shooting Stars Actor 1983
No Score Yet The Tempest Actor 1983
No Score Yet Beyond Witch Mountain Actor 1982
No Score Yet Scruples Actor 1980
No Score Yet Terror Out of the Sky (The Revenge of the Savage Bees) David Martin 1978
No Score Yet A Family Upside Down Mike Long 1978
29% Airport 1975 Pilot Stacy 1974
95% Wait Until Dark Sam Hendrix 1967
No Score Yet The Reward Frank Bryant 1965
No Score Yet Harlow William Mansfield 1965
No Score Yet The Chapman Report Paul Radford 1962
No Score Yet By Love Possessed Arthur Winner 1961
No Score Yet The Crowded Sky Dale Heath 1960
No Score Yet Home Before Dark Jacob "Jake" Diamond 1958
No Score Yet The Deep Six Lt. Blanchard 1958
No Score Yet Too Much, Too Soon Vincent Bryant 1958
No Score Yet Girl on the Run Actor 1958
No Score Yet Bombers B-52 Col. Jim Herlihy 1957
40% Band of Angels Lt. Ethan Sears 1957
80% House of Strangers Tony 1949

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Best of Batman
2012
  • 2012
95% Justice League
2004
Voice Alfred
  • 2004
  • 2002
97% Batman: The Animated Series
1992-1995
Voice
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
No Score Yet Babylon 5
1993-1998
William Edgars
  • 1997
82% Picket Fences
1992-1996
Stockbroker
  • 1996
No Score Yet Spider-Man
1994-1998
Voice
  • 1995
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Adam Quatrain Havermeyer Richard Grant
  • 1992
  • 1990
  • 1988
No Score Yet Who's the Boss?
1984-1992
  • 1990
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
Chesney
  • 1987
No Score Yet Remington Steele
1982-1987
Daniel Chalmers
  • 1987
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1983
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
McKeever
  • 1965
No Score Yet Maverick
1957-1962
Dandy Jim Buckley
  • 1958
  • 1957

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