Efrem Zimbalist Jr. - Rotten Tomatoes

Efrem Zimbalist Jr.

Highest Rated:   95% Wait Until Dark (1967)
Lowest Rated:   29% Airport 1975 (1974)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Girl on the Run
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Batman - Mystery of the Batwoman
  • Alfred Pennyworth
2003
90% 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
82% 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 Harlow
  • William Mansfield
1965
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 Bombers B-52
  • Col. Jim Herlihy
1957
40% Band of Angels
  • Lt. Ethan Sears
1957
No Score Yet The Chapman Report
  • Actor
1952
80% House of Strangers
  • Tony
1949

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Justice League
2004
  • Alfred
  • Voice
  • 2004
  • 2002
No Score Yet Babylon 5
1993-1998
  • William Edgars
  • 1997
No Score Yet The Best of Batman
  • Actor

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