It’s one thing to portray one of the funniest characters in the history of sitcoms, but it’s a whole different ball game to portray three. Jeffrey Tambor is best known for his roles as George Bluth in Arrested Development, Hank Kingsley in The Larry Sanders Show, and Maura Pfefferman in Transparent.
To say that he is one of the funniest actors in the world would be no exaggeration. Both his extensive oeuvre and his quality testify that he is indeed one of the great comedians of all time. To learn more about the comedy legend, read below.
Biography & Age
Jeffrey Tambor grew up in a Jewish home with his parents, Eileen and Bernard Tambor. He was born on July 8, 1944, in San Francisco, California. The man who was to grow up to play a transgender man on television was born into a conservative Jewish family in San Francisco, California. Fortunately for Jeffrey Tambor and the rest of the world, he was one of the few people who found their passion early in life and pursued a career in it.
He grew up with a passion for acting and studied acting at San Francisco State University after graduating from Abraham Lincoln High School. While most people would rest specifically on their bachelor’s degree for a career in acting, the young actor went even further and earned a master’s degree from Wayne State University.
He eventually left the classroom and switched to professional acting in 1972. He began as a theater actor and appeared in plays in Milwaukee before he made his Broadway debut in 1976 in the play “Sly Fox”. Before making his first big breakthrough, Jeffrey Tambor appeared on a variety of television shows and in several commercials, each new appearance giving him the publicity and influence he needed for his big breakthrough.
By the time he got that first big role as Hank Kingsley on the Larry Sanders Show, Jeffrey Tambor was already an established Hollywood actor and he was ready to take his career to the next level. During his time on the show he was nominated for four Emmys, but unfortunately, he didn’t win any. The show ran from 1992 to 1998.
Before being given another chance to portray another icon in Arrested Development as George Bluth Sr., he continued to star in various movies and television shows, including The Lionheart, for which he received a nomination for the Daytime Emmy. He received two Emmy nominations for his role in Arrested Development and lost both.
Throughout his career, Jeffrey Tambor continued to appear in various projects in all acting media, from animation as a narrator to theater, television, and film. Not surprisingly, his filmography reads like a CVS receipt. He has appeared in various modern classics such as Archer, The Cat Trilogy, Trolls, and most recently The Death of Stalin.
Finally, he won an Emmy for his role in Transparent as Maura Pfefferman, a Jewish transsexual. He also received a Golden Globe Award for his performance in the series.
He is not only a man who limits himself to acting but also an author, as he wrote a memoir: “Are You, Anybody? Memoirs’ in the year 2017. He also teaches a class for actors at his Alma mater.
Jeffrey Tambor’s Net Worth
As a veteran actor with roles in tons of commercially successful projects, it is no surprise that the star of Arrested Development is worth $16 million. Rumor has it that his price for a show is $100,000 per episode. However, it is difficult to determine whether his recent controversy over sexual misconduct has affected his marketability. Regardless, while his future prospects may be doubtful, there can be no disputing his past works.
Wife Or Spouse
Jeffrey Tambor was married three times. His first marriage was to Dora Zbierlund; the couple married in 1982 but were divorced in 1991. They share a daughter from their marriage. Jeffrey Tambor married Katie Mitchell in 1991, but the relationship ended in 2000. The couple had no children.
Jeffrey married his third and current wife, Kasia Ostlun, in 2001. The couple has four children, twin boys – Hugo Bernard and Eli Nicholas, a son – Gabriel Kassper, and a daughter – Eve Julia.
Sexual Harassment Allegations
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, actress Trace Lysette and make-up artist Tamara Delbridge accused Jeffrey Tambor of sexual misconduct when they worked together. The actor denied the accusations but publicly apologized. Thereupon he left his role at Transparent. No formal charges were brought against him, and he continued to deny the allegations, although he accepted that his anger issues made it sometimes difficult to work with him.