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'The FBI’ Star Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Dies At 95
CBSLA.com) ^ | May 2, 2014 11:00 PM

Posted on 05/03/2014 9:25:09 AM PDT by BenLurkin

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr., star of the smash 60s and 70s TV drama “The FBI,” has died.

Zimbalist was 95.

The actor played unflappable Inspector Erskine in the series that ran on ABC from 1965-1974. The show dramatized real FBI cases.

Zimbalist Sr. was a concert violinist, the actor’s mother was opera singer Alma Gluck. Zimbalist Jr.’s daughter, Stephanie, had her own successful acting career — most notably as the female lead in the hit “Remington Steele” (1982-87) opposite Pierce Brosnan.

The actor was born in New York City on November 30, 1918. He died peacefully today in Solvang, confirmed daughter Stephanie.

He acted until 2008,

Raised in privilege, Zimbalist went to the Yale School of Drama. After serving in the war (he also received a Purple Heart), Zimbalist landed a series of stage roles and worked in soap operas.

He was often cast as the dry and canny detective. When the role of Erskine came along, he was ready to trade in second banana roles in movies and in stage plays to play the lead.

Other notable roles included 1967′s “Wait Until Dark” (he played Audrey Hepburn’s husband) and “Airport 75.” He starred in many TV shows, most notably “Hotel,” Maverick” and “Hawaiian Eye”/”77 Sunset Strip.” In the latter two shows, he played the role of Stuart Bailey.

On his daughter’s show, he played the recurring role of Daniel Chalmers.


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: 77sunsetstrip; efremzimbalist; efremzimbalistjr; obituary; thefbi; zimbalist

1 posted on 05/03/2014 9:25:09 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

A long full life....good acting, good shows and his work is a far cry from the diverse crap they put on TV today.


2 posted on 05/03/2014 9:27:12 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: BenLurkin

3 posted on 05/03/2014 9:28:29 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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To: BenLurkin
Every story or interview I ever read about Mr. Zimbalist stated somewhere in the text what a good man he was. Every single one. THAT is as good an obituary as there is.
RIP.
4 posted on 05/03/2014 9:30:18 AM PDT by Tupelo (I feel more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: Tupelo

He sounds like a very good man indeed.

He was involved with TBN for a time but later pulled away and went back to his Episcopalian roots.


5 posted on 05/03/2014 9:36:16 AM PDT by Not gonna take it anymore (If Obama were twice as smart as he is, he would be a wit)
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To: BenLurkin
I forgot that Mr. Zimbalist was in Wait Until Dark. A wonderful movie.

Rest in peace, Mr. Zimbalist.

6 posted on 05/03/2014 9:43:49 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: BenLurkin

RIP. Loved him.


7 posted on 05/03/2014 9:45:44 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty

Zimbalist said in an interview four decades later that fans of the FBI 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.”


8 posted on 05/03/2014 9:51:17 AM PDT by Liberty Wins ( The average lefty is synapse challenged)
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To: Not gonna take it anymore

Efrem Zimbalist Jr. was born in New York, New York, the son of Jewish parents - the famed Russian-born violinist Efrem Zimbalist, Sr.[1] and Romanian-born operatic soprano Alma Gluck.

You got his roots wrong. Gluck for sure was a Jewish woman, its a very common Jewish Surname.

I always liked his first name very Biblical, and distinctive

RIP Efrem


9 posted on 05/03/2014 10:17:31 AM PDT by Zenjitsuman (New Boss Nancy Pelosi)
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To: Zenjitsuman

Efrem Senior did indeed have his children baptized and raised in the Episcopal Church.


10 posted on 05/03/2014 10:24:50 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: BenLurkin

Not mentioned in most notices outside the conservative blogosphere: He was a devout Christian and lifelong conservative, who campaigned for Barry Goldwater in 1964 and for Ronald Reagan in all of his campaigns, and was a close friend of the former President, whose political career he helped to shape.


11 posted on 05/03/2014 10:29:23 AM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: BenLurkin
He also did the voice of Alfred Pennyworth opposite Kevin Conroy's legendary Batman in "Batman: The Animated Series."


12 posted on 05/03/2014 10:32:34 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Albion Wilde

Dang! EZ certainly aged well; in fact, improved with age.


13 posted on 05/03/2014 10:33:04 AM PDT by Twinkie (John 3:16)
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To: jjotto

Your right, he was born a Jew, and choose to be a Christian and raise his kids as Christians.

All that really matters is he was a good person.


14 posted on 05/03/2014 10:49:09 AM PDT by Zenjitsuman (New Boss Nancy Pelosi)
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To: BenLurkin

I’d forgotten that Zimbalist’s mother was Alma Gluck. My grandparents had a few of her old Victor records. Along with those of Zimabalist Sr. Still have them around here, somewhere.

The first seven seasons of “The FBI” are out on dvd. Solid, steady entertainment. I have the first six seasons, and plan to get the seventh shortly. “77 Sunset Strip” hasn’t made it to dvd yet, the main reason apparently due to music rights clearances.


15 posted on 05/03/2014 10:49:21 AM PDT by greene66
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To: BenLurkin
You'll see most every kind of gal and guy
Including a private eye.

RIP Stu Bailey.

16 posted on 05/03/2014 10:52:37 AM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: Zenjitsuman

He was the voice of TBN for many years (might still be), and was involved with Transcendental Meditation (of the Maharishi variety).


17 posted on 05/03/2014 10:54:29 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: BenLurkin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SR64OkP__Fs

Alma Gluck singing “Listen to the Mocking Bird.”


18 posted on 05/03/2014 11:02:21 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: Arthur McGowan

Thanks, this was nice.


19 posted on 05/03/2014 11:46:50 AM PDT by Zenjitsuman (New Boss Nancy Pelosi)
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To: Arthur McGowan

thanx special!


20 posted on 05/03/2014 12:03:52 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: Albion Wilde

I’m old enough that I watched The FBI every chance I got. I loved it! RIP


21 posted on 05/03/2014 1:26:58 PM PDT by HeartlandOfAmerica (An army of deer led by a lion is more to be feared than an army of lions, led by a deer.)
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To: MUDDOG

Like you, I’m old enough to remember the series, and never missed it.


22 posted on 05/03/2014 2:55:32 PM PDT by DPMD
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To: BenLurkin

RIP to a great actor....


23 posted on 05/03/2014 3:09:33 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: BenLurkin

Another great one leaves us. Requiescat in pace.


24 posted on 05/03/2014 3:16:45 PM PDT by windsorknot
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To: DPMD

A great show for America’s greatest era (IMHO!).


25 posted on 05/03/2014 3:33:31 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: BenLurkin
I really only knew of Zimbalist because of his role on his daughter's show, Remington Steele. I knew he was a well-known actor in his own right, but somewhat before my time(?). In any case, I attribute to him my fondness for the name Ephraim, a somewhat unusual and rarely used Biblical name. As I was blessed only with daughters, I've never gotten to use it, but perhaps someday I'll have a grandson.

RIP, Mr. Zimbalist.

26 posted on 05/03/2014 3:41:08 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: BenLurkin

RIP Thanks for the memories EZ. See you in the new Jerusalem.


27 posted on 05/03/2014 5:34:05 PM PDT by xp38
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To: BenLurkin

He was also given his own special badge as an ‘honorary G-man” by the FBI in 2009.

AND...for us sci-fi fans, he was ‘William Edgars’ of ‘Edgars Industries’ in the show “Babylon 5”.

RIP.


28 posted on 05/04/2014 9:41:20 PM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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