Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.

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Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. 1972.JPG
Zimbalist in 1972
Born (1918-11-30)November 30, 1918
New York City, New York, US
Died May 2, 2014(2014-05-02) (aged 95)
Solvang, California, US
Cause of death Possible heart attack
Nationality American
Occupation Actor
Years active 1946–2008
Spouse(s)
Emily Munroe McNair (m. 1941–1950)

Loranda Stephanie Spaulding (m. 1956–1961)

Loranda Stephanie Spaulding (m. 1962–2007)

Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (November 30, 1918 – May 2, 2014) was an American movie, television, stage, radio, and voice actor. He was known for his roles in the television series 77 Sunset Strip and The F.B.I.. He is also known for his role as "Dandy Jim Buckley" in the series Maverick.

His more recent roles included voice acting. He was the voice of Alfred Pennyworth in Batman: The Animated Series. He was the voice of Dr. Octopus in the 1994 Spider-Man television series. He was the voice of Justin Hammer in the second season of the Iron Man television series.

Zimbalist died at his ranch in Solvang, California at the age of 95.

Early life[change | change source]

Zimbalist was born on November 30, 1918 in New York City, New York.[1] His parents were Efrem Zimbalist, Sr. and Alma Gluck. Zimbalist studied at the Fay School and at Yale University.

Career[change | change source]

Zimbalist played private detective Stu Bailey in 77 Sunset Strip. It ran on ABC from 1958 to 1964. The series had over 200 episodes.

Zimbalist played Dandy Jim Buckley in Maverick. He was the voice of Alfred Pennyworth in Batman: The Animated Series. He has won a Golden Globe Award.

Personal life[change | change source]

Zimbalist married Emily McNair in 1945. They had two children. They divorced in 1950.

Zimbalist married Stephanie Spalding in 1956. They divorced in 1962. They remarried in 1972. They were married until her death in 2007. They had one child.

Zimbalist lived in Solvang, California. He was a member of the Republican Party.[2]

For his role in the television series The F.B.I., Zimbalist, Jr. was honored by FBI director Robert Mueller as a special member of the FBI.[3]

Death[change | change source]

On May 2, 2014, Zimbalist died in his lawn after watering his plants at his home in Solvang, California.[4] He died of a possible heart attack. He was 95 years old.[5] He was buried at Town Hill Cemetery in New Hartford, Connecticut.

References[change | change source]

  1. Malan, Roy (2004). Efrem Zimbalist: A Life. Amadeus Press. p. 1. ISBN 1-57467-091-3. Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help)
  2. "'FBI Agent' Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Remembered as Staunch Conservative". Newsmax.com. May 3, 2014. Retrieved May 4, 2014.
  3. "'FBI's' Zimbalist honored by agency". CNN.com. June 9, 2009. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  4. "Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Star of '77 Sunset Strip' and 'The F.B.I.', Dies at 95". The New York Times.com. May 3, 2015. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  5. "Efrem Zimbalist Jr., star of 'The FBI,' dead at 95". MSN.com. May 3, 2014. Retrieved May 3, 2014.

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