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Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.

Producer, Performer
( b. Nov 30, 1918 New York, New York, USA - d. May 02, 2014 Solvang, California, USA ) Male
Relations: Son of Efrem Zimbalist
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. was an actor whose mellifluous voice and air of European sophistication left a distinctive stamp on two popular television crime series. Mr. Zimbalist personified the suave and unflappable leading man as an Ivy League-educated private eye on the lighthearted "77 Sunset Strip" and as a stalwart agent who always got his man on "The F.B.I.," which ran for nine seasons and made him a household name. "The F.B.I." was unquestioning in its support of the agency it depicted, and both on screen and off, Mr. Zimbalist became its unofficial symbol.

Although he had some success in movies, big-screen stardom eluded him; he did his most memorable work on television, a medium he sometimes resented but always understood.

After graduating from prep school, Mr. Zimbalist attended Yale University, where he led the life of a bon vivant. He was expelled, reinstated and expelled again for low grades, and he amassed, by his account, thousands of dollars of debt at New Haven haberdasheries and gourmet shops.

He then worked as an NBC page (a fellow page was Thomas Merton, who would achieve literary fame after he became a Trappist monk) and studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, where Gregory Peck was also a student.

In 1941, he enlisted in the Army. He received the Purple Heart after being wounded in the battle of Hürtgen Forest, on the German-Belgian border. After returning to New York, he made his Broadway debut in The Rugged Path, starring Spencer Tracy. Later roles included one opposite Eva Le Gallienne in Hedda Gabler.

Mr. Zimbalist augmented his budding stage career by producing three lyric operas by Gian Carlo Menotti. The double bill of The Medium and The Telephone was a popular success, and The Consul won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1950.

Source: The New York Times obituary



Productions Date of Productions
Fallen Angels
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Performer: Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. [Maurice Duclos]
Jan 17, 1956 - Aug 11, 1956
The Consul
[Musical, Drama, Opera, Original]
  • Produced by Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
Mar 15, 1950 - Nov 04, 1950
The Medium
[Musical, Tragedy, Revival]
  • Produced by arrangement with: Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
Dec 07, 1948 - Jan 09, 1949
The Telephone
[Musical, Revival]
  • Produced by arrangement with: Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
Dec 07, 1948 - Jan 09, 1949
Hedda Gabler
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Performer: Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. [Eilert Lovborg]
Feb 24, 1948 - Mar 06, 1948
The Telephone / The Medium
The Telephone
[Musical, Original]
  • Produced by Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
The Medium
[Musical, Tragedy, Original]
  • Produced by Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
May 01, 1947 - Nov 01, 1947
Yellow Jack
[Play, Drama, History, Revival]
  • Performer: Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. [Aristides Agramonte]
Feb 27, 1947 - Mar 15, 1947
A Pound on Demand / Androcles and the Lion
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Performer: Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. [Secutor]
Dec 19, 1946 - Feb 22, 1947
What Every Woman Knows
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Performer: Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. [A Butler, Ensemble]
Nov 08, 1946 - Feb 15, 1947
King Henry VIII
[Play, History, Revival]
  • Performer: Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. [Duke of Suffolk]
Nov 06, 1946 - Feb 21, 1947
The Rugged Path
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
    • Gil Hartnick - Replacement
Nov 10, 1945 - Jan 19, 1946
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