Jeffrey Tambor is an American actor best known for his roles in the television series The Ropers, Hill Street Blues, The Larry Sanders Show, Arrested Development and Twenty Good Years.
Tambor's credits span the full range of the entertainment world, from film to network and cable television to theatre. As a result, he has come to be one of the most well-respected actors in the business by critics and actors alike.
On television, Tambor played Hank Kingsley in HBO's hit series The Larry Sanders Show, receiving nominations for four Emmy Awards, four CableACE Awards and an American Comedy Award.
He also starred in the critically acclaimed and Emmy Award-winning sitcom Arrested Development. Tambor garnered two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of patriarch George Bluth Sr. on the series, which was also nominated for two Golden Globes for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy.
His other television credits include regular and recurring stints on such series as Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, American Dreamer, Studio 5-B and Max Headroom.
In feature films, Tambor made his big-screen debut with his critically acclaimed performance as Al Pacino's deranged law partner in Norman Jewison's 1979 film ...And Justice for All.
He also starred in Hellboy, with Ron Perlman and Selma Blair; Never Again, with Jill Clayburgh; and Pollack, Ed Harris' homage to artist Jackson Pollack.
He also appeared as Mayor Augustus Maywho in Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas and starred opposite Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie in Girl, Interrupted.
His other film credits include City Slickers, Mr. Mom, Meet Joe Black, Dr. Doolittle and There's Something About Mary.
Tambor has also appeared extensively on the stage. In 2005 he returned to his acting roots in the Broadway revival of Glengarry Glen Ross, opposite Alan Alda and Liev Shreiber. The show picked up a Tony Award for Best Revival.
He has also starred on Broadway in Sly Fox, directed by Arthur Penn, off-Broadway in the New York Shakespeare Festival's production of Measure for Measure and in the Los Angeles productions of Sly Fox, The Hands of Its Enemy, Flea in Her Ear and American Mosaic.
Tambor started studying acting at age 12 in San Francisco, where he was born and raised. He continued to study his craft at San Francisco State, earning his bachelor of arts degree.
He went on to complete his master's degree in theatre arts at Wayne State University and became a member of the Hilberry Classic Theatre, a repertory company with which he performed the classics.
Tambor lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Kasia, and his son, Gabriel.