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'77 Sunset Strip' star Efrem Zimbalist Jr. dies at 95
Chicago Tribune wires ^ | May 3, 2014

Posted on 05/02/2014 11:32:51 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement

Efrem Zimbalist Jr., who portrayed the indefatigable Inspector Lewis Erskine on the long-running U.S. television series "The F.B.I.", died on Friday at the age of 95, according to media reports.

Zimbalist died of natural causes at his home in Solvang, California, his daughter, actress Stephanie Zimbalist, and his son Efrem Zimbalist III, said in a statement, Hollywood trade magazine Variety and other media reported.

"A devout Christian, he actively enjoyed his life to the last day, showering love on his extended family, playing golf, and visiting with close friends," the statement said, according to Variety.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: 77sunsetstrip; efremzimbalist; efremzimbalistjr; obit; obituaries; obituary; thefbi; zimbalist
I didn't see this posted, thought some here would be familiar.
1 posted on 05/02/2014 11:32:51 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

RIP Efrem Zimalist Jr. you are now in the presence of the Lord. Glad to know you were a believer in Christ. Amazing he was 95, he lived a long life, what a blessing.


2 posted on 05/02/2014 11:36:01 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: ConservativeStatement

I watched that show all the time. The theme to 77 Sunset Strip a childhood memory.


3 posted on 05/02/2014 11:37:24 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: ConservativeStatement

Another that I had no Idea was still alive. RIP and thanks for the memories.


4 posted on 05/02/2014 11:38:25 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

5 posted on 05/02/2014 11:40:03 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: ConservativeStatement

wonderful to know that another brother has “kept the faith” and found safe harbor.


6 posted on 05/02/2014 11:43:39 PM PDT by dadfly
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To: ConservativeStatement
Strangely, [<sarc> tag for those who need that kind of thing] many of the obits are failing to mention that he was a staunch conservative who campaigned tirelessly for both Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan, and was a very close personal friend of the latter. Saw the two together at the Harrisburg International Airport after a campaign stop in 1980.
7 posted on 05/02/2014 11:46:24 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: RitchieAprile

I can still hear that theme song, along with the anthemic “click-click” finger snap at the end of the title phrase.


8 posted on 05/02/2014 11:49:33 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: FredZarguna

there must be thousands of boomers doing that night now..


9 posted on 05/02/2014 11:52:38 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: ConservativeStatement

RIP.


10 posted on 05/02/2014 11:56:25 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Thanks for posting this. Many years ago, I had a big crush on his daughter, Stephanie. Also, a few years ago, I gave a talk at an Episcopal Church in Encino. I learned that Mr. Zimbalist attended that church and that he certainly was a devout Christian. Shortly thereafter, I received an autographed picture of Stephanie from the bishop’s wife. Really neat and a nice surprise.


11 posted on 05/02/2014 11:57:16 PM PDT by miele man
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To: RitchieAprile

Zimbalist said in an interview four decades later that fans of the show occasionally approached him to say they had joined the FBI or had become police officers because of his portrayal of the calm and authoritative government agent on the series.

“I get more joy from that than anything in my life,” he said. “When you learn that you inspired someone, it’s a huge honor.”


12 posted on 05/03/2014 12:00:21 AM PDT by Liberty Wins ( The average lefty is synapse challenged)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I had no idea he was still alive.

We watched “FBI” as a family every week.

Was it on Friday night?

He supported Barry Goldwater in 1964, which should endear him to readers of Free Republic.


13 posted on 05/03/2014 12:04:06 AM PDT by zeestephen
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To: Patriot Babe

Seems he had a daughter, Nancy, who predeceased him in 2012 at the age of 68.

http://lauraholt1943.blogspot.com/2012/11/sweet-dreams-nancy.html


14 posted on 05/03/2014 12:12:26 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: ConservativeStatement

I’m sure that Kookie Byrnes will tip his comb to the man ...


15 posted on 05/03/2014 12:14:46 AM PDT by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: FredZarguna

“77 Sunset Strip” was a bit before my time, but I remember “The FBI”. I used to watch that show every week when I was young.

I also remember Efrem Zimbalist as a Reagan supporter and California GOP delegate to the national convention.

“EZ” told the media back in those days (and it caused a bit of a stir) that “conservative actors” faced challenges finding work in Hollywood.

In my estimation its gotten quite a bit worse in the years since he said that.


16 posted on 05/03/2014 12:26:27 AM PDT by Nextrush (AFFORDABLE CARE ACT=HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY BAILOUT ACT)
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To: Nextrush
"The FBI ... In Color! A Quinn/Martin Production."

I had to take their word for it. We didn't get a color TV until 1974. The series was over by then.

Gotten worse? Almost certainly. I recall Charlton Heston supposedly told Tom Selleck that even though there were fewer and fewer conservatives in Hollywood, one out of every three did go on to become President of the United States.

17 posted on 05/03/2014 12:36:16 AM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: RitchieAprile
The theme to 77 Sunset Strip a childhood memory.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrrcSieqMH8

The first thing that came to mind when I looked at that clip was "The past is a foreign country."

18 posted on 05/03/2014 12:56:05 AM PDT by TChad (The Obamacare motto: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.)
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To: Nextrush

It is exponentially worse

Hollywood is run by Christ hating nihilistic progressives and queer nation

Few exceptions...Hollywood had plenty patriots and Christians and like minded Jews back then

Today it is wholly different

Take Disney...over half their executive management committee is homosexual


19 posted on 05/03/2014 1:03:31 AM PDT by wardaddy (we will not take back our way of life through peaceful means.....i have 5 kids....i fear for them)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I also liked Surfside 6 and Adventures in Paradise.

20 posted on 05/03/2014 1:03:59 AM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Born of Jewish parents from Putinville

They all converted to Episcopal early....

He also remarried wife 2 and stayed with her for 45 years


21 posted on 05/03/2014 1:09:36 AM PDT by wardaddy (we will not take back our way of life through peaceful means.....i have 5 kids....i fear for them)
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To: RitchieAprile

Remember this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MT9QZBGyXjU


22 posted on 05/03/2014 2:55:31 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

When I was a kid, we used to sing, “77 Sunset Strip....pardon me, lady, I see your slip...”

That is top-notch humor when you are six years old.


23 posted on 05/03/2014 3:20:55 AM PDT by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Now, THERE is a fond memory of the past. A lot of fun to watch.

RIP Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Thoughts and prayers for him and the family and friends.


24 posted on 05/03/2014 3:21:51 AM PDT by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2016; I pray we make it that long.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Kookie, Kookie — Lend Me Your Comb


25 posted on 05/03/2014 3:27:46 AM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: Lmo56

Edd Byrnes has turned out to be something of a jerk in his old age.

Anyway, it’s good to know that a fine individual like Efrem Zimbalist Jr. enjoyed such a long life.

(click, click)


26 posted on 05/03/2014 4:19:30 AM PDT by elcid1970
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To: miele man

Wasn’t his daughter, The Girl From UNCLE.


27 posted on 05/03/2014 4:24:29 AM PDT by mware
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To: miele man

Hard not to like Stephanie. I have the autographed Steele series book and some theatre stuff she signed that got thrown in to my surprise.

He was also great as Alfred on Batman TAS.

RIP Mr. Zimbalist.


28 posted on 05/03/2014 4:36:19 AM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: ConservativeStatement
His father, Efrem Sr., was one of the top violinists in the 1920s and later the director of Curtis Institute in Philly, and was one of the judges at Aeolian Hall in February 1925 when Paul Whiteman organized the "What is American Music?" competition, where 22 entries from American composers were debuted--#21 was George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. Jr. thought about following his father's footsteps, but decided he liked performing drama better than performing music--and the same thing happened to Jr's daughter Stephanie, who went to Juilliard but ended up on stage and screen, which she does to this day.

Efrem, after you lay your trophies at His feet, when you get a chance, say hello to my parents for me; they loved you in The FBI. Tell them He still has work for me here, but I'll be there when it's done.

29 posted on 05/03/2014 5:07:59 AM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: BerryDingle

How about “Bourbon Street Beat”?


30 posted on 05/03/2014 5:13:50 AM PDT by V K Lee
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To: ConservativeStatement

RIP, sir. As a proud Purple Heart wearer, you deserve no less. Never realized he appeared in the movie “Band of Angels? along with Clark Gable..... a long, long, long time ago.


31 posted on 05/03/2014 5:16:20 AM PDT by V K Lee
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To: ConservativeStatement

77 SUNSET STRIP: Opening Credits / Intro & Theme

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrrcSieqMH8

Edd Byrnes & Connie Stevens “Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me You

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MT9QZBGyXjU


32 posted on 05/03/2014 5:37:39 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: elcid1970

For some reason I would always mix up Efrem Zimbalist with John Forsyth who died a few years ago at 92.


33 posted on 05/03/2014 6:02:56 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: FredZarguna
"theme song"

When someone mentions 77 Sunset Strip, I'll bet every person of a certain age has the theme run through their heads and then click their fingers.

Some years ago I was watching a documentary on tv about early cop shows, and someone mentioned the show. I started singing the theme out loud, and when I got to the part where they click their fingers, my wife clicked hers. She grew up in England where the show was popular in syndication.

34 posted on 05/03/2014 6:05:20 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: BerryDingle

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0051247/


35 posted on 05/03/2014 6:05:33 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: mrs. a

Yes, there were quite a few ribald playground ditties I heard on my school playground which would have earned some unwanted punishment from the nuns if they had found out. Of course, at the age most of were, we didn’t understand 90% of the implications of many of the charming numbers.


36 posted on 05/03/2014 6:12:11 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: driftless2

The synopsis makes you want to watch the show again!!!!

“Stu Bailey and Jeff Spencer were the wisecracking, womanizing private detective heroes of this Warner Brothers drama. Stu and Jeff worked out of an office located at 77 Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, right next door to a snazzy restaurant where Kookie worked as a valet. The finger-snapping, slang-talking Kookie occasionally helped Stu and Jeff with their cases, and eventually became a full-fledged member of the detective agency. Rex Randolph and J.R. Hale also joined the firm, and Suzanne was their leggy secretary.”


37 posted on 05/03/2014 6:23:03 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: Nextrush

A great actor—devoted to his craft. RIP. You will be missed.


38 posted on 05/03/2014 6:29:34 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: V K Lee

I remember Hawaiian Eye vaguely, but I don’t remember seeing Bourbon St. Beat as a child.


39 posted on 05/03/2014 6:58:27 AM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: mware

No his daughter starred in Remington Steele in the 1980s. The Girl From UNCLE was a 1960s spinoff series that lasted 1 season and starred Stephanie Powers.


40 posted on 05/03/2014 5:24:22 PM PDT by xp38
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