Join us for a 90-minute Career Retrospective with Jeffrey Tambor.
Moderated by Stacey Wilson Hunt, New York Magazine.
Jeffrey Tambor has earned deep respect for being one of the most versatile and accomplished character actors in film and television. Tambor’s unforgettable roles in such popular programs as “The Larry Sanders Show” and “Arrested Development” reveal his unique comedic gifts, while his roles in films such as “And Justice for All” and “Meet Joe Black” display the depth of his dramatic sensibilities.
Tambor can currently be seen in the Golden Globe winning Amazon show “Transparent,” written by Jill Soloway and co-starring Judith Light, Gaby Hoffman, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass. Tambor was awarded two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of Maura, who spent her life as Mort, the Pfefferman family patriarch. After Maura reintroduces herself to her family, everyone’s secrets finally start to come out.
Tambor recently wrapped Disney feature “Magic Camp” directed by Mark Waters opposite Gillian Jacobs and Adam Devine. He will next be seen in “55 Steps” directed by Billie August and opposite Hilary Swank and Helena Bonham Carter and Armando Iannucci’s “The Death of Stalin” opposite Steve Buscemi, Olga Kurylenko and Timothy Dalton. Tambor is also lending his voice to roles in the Dreamworks Animation “Trolls” and the upcoming Paramount Animation feature “Amusement Park.”
He recently starred in the film “The Accountant” opposite Ben Affleck, Jon Bernthal, J.K. Simmons and Anna Kendrick. The film, directed by Gavin O'Connor, follows a mild manner accountant who moonlights as a lethal assassin.
Tambor attended San Francisco State University where he received a BA degree in Drama in 1965. He then went to Wayne State University earning an MFA in 1969. He was studying for his PhD when he left in 1970 for a role in “Richard II” with Richard Chamberlain at the Seattle Repertory Theater.
The actor made his Broadway debut in the comedy Sly Fox (1976), appearing opposite George C. Scott, and directed by Arthur Penn. He appeared in the New York Shakespeare production of “Measure for Measure” that same year.
Tambor has remained active in theater, directing Lanford Wilson's “Burn This” at the Skylight Theatre in Los Angeles, and acting and directing at many regional theatre companies, including the Academy Festival Theatre in Chicago and the Loeb Drama Center at Harvard, and in plays by playwrights as diverse as Shakespeare, Molière and Chekhov to more contemporary writers. In 2005, he returned to Broadway as George Aaronow in David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross,” which won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance.
Tambor had one of television’s most memorable roles as Hank Kingsley, the self-centered sidekick to talk show host Larry Sanders on HBO’s critically acclaimed “The Larry Sanders Show.” He starred in the long running Fox network Emmy Award-winning sitcom, “Arrested Development,” for which Netflix aired the fourth season where Jeffrey reprises his roles as twin brothers George Bluth Sr. and Oscar Bluth.
Tambor provided voices for the animated films “Tangled,” “Monsters vs. Aliens,” the Disney animated film “Cinder Biter,” as well as “Clockwork Girl.” Additionally, he was the voice of King Neptune in “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.” Tambor is currently the voice of Glossaryck in the TV series “Star vs. The Force of Evil.”
Tambor has also appeared in “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” “Flypaper,” “Paul,” and “Win, Win.” He has appeared in the two “Hellboy” films, as well as all three “The Hangover” movies, “The Invention of Lying,” “There’s Something About Mary,” “City Slickers,” “Miss Congeniality,” “Dreamchasers,” “Mr. Mom,” “Brenda Starr,” “Radioland Murders,” “Doctor Dolittle,” and “Pollock.” For the feature adaptation of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000), he played the Mayor of Whoville. Tambor starred in the HBO film “Phil Spector,” opposite Al Pacino and Helen Mirren and “For the Love Of Money,” with Edward Furlong.
Tambor lives in New York with his wife Kasia and their four children. He has been accorded numerous honors for his professional work, including two Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Award, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as two Television Critics Association Awards for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Comedy Series.
Tambor’s memoir “Are You Anybody?” was released in May 2017.