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Jeffrey Tambor

An incisive talent when it comes to playing bent, off-the-wall characters, Jeffrey Tambor has been captivating audiences for nearly four decades. Tambor was born and raised in San Francisco, to Eileen (Salzberg) and Michael Bernard Tambor, a flooring contractor. His family is Jewish (from Hungary and Ukraine). He studied acting at San Francisco ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 20 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »

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Arrested Development
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How the Grinch Stole Christmas
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Hellboy Tom Manning


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  Magic Camp (completed)
Roy Preston
 2003-2018 Arrested Development (TV Series)
George Bluth Sr. / Oscar Bluth
 2015-2018 Star vs. the Forces of Evil (TV Series)
 2017 Rapunzel's Tangled Adventure (TV Series)
Big Nose
 2014-2017 Transparent (TV Series)
Maura Pfefferman
 2017 The Orville (TV Series)
Ben Mercer
 2017 The Death of Stalin
Georgy Malenkov
 2017 55 Steps
Mort Cohen
 2010-2017 Archer (TV Series)
Len Drexler / Len Trexler / Torvald Utne
 2017 Tangled: Before Ever After (TV Movie)
Big Nose (voice)
 2016 Cassius and Clay (TV Movie) (voice)
 2016 The Accountant
Francis Silverberg
 2016 Trolls
King Peppy (voice)
 2015 W/ Bob and David (TV Series)
Audiobook Narrator
 2007-2015 WordGirl (TV Series)
Mr. Big / Old Man / Radio Announcer / ...
 2011-2015 China, IL (TV Series)
Professor Cakes
 2015 The D Train
Bill Shurmur
 2014 A Merry Friggin' Christmas
Snow Globe Snowman (voice)
 2014 Jennifer Falls (TV Series)
Don Hirsh
 2014 The Millers (TV Series)
Ed Dolan
 2013-2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Ben Cohen / Lester Cohen
 2013-2014 Raising Hope (TV Series)
 2013-2014 The Good Wife (TV Series)
Judge George Kluger
 2014 The Clockwork Girl
Wilhelm the Tinkerer (voice)
 2012-2013 Next Caller (TV Series)
 2013 Doc McStuffins (TV Series)
Santa Claus
 2013 Bubble Guppies (TV Series)
The Night Wizard
 2013 Sofia the First (TV Series)
 2013 Onion News Empire (TV Movie)
David Bryant
 2013 Psych (TV Series)
Lloyd French
 2013 Phil Spector (TV Movie)
Bruce Cutler
 2012 The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange (TV Series)
Blueberry / Mr. Orange
 2012 Bob's Burgers (TV Series)
Captain Flarty
 2012 Branded
 2012 For the Love of Money
Mr. Solomon
 2012 Bent (TV Series)
Walt Riggins
 2011 Night of the Living Carrots (Video short)
Carl Murphy (voice)
 2011 Five (TV Movie)
 2011 The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks (TV Series)
 2011 Jeffrey Tambor is Lucky (Short)
 2011 Mr. Popper's Penguins
Mr. Gremmins
 2011 Love Bites (TV Series)
Dr. O
 2011 Running Wilde (TV Series)
Steven's Father
 2011 The Hangover Part II
Sid Garner
 2011/III Lucky
Detective Harold Waylon
 2011 Cubed (TV Series)
Jeffrey Tambor
 2011 Meeting Spencer
Harris Chappell
 2011 Paul
Adam Shadowchild
 2011 Flypaper
Gordon Blythe
 2011 Win Win
Stephen Vigman
 2010 Rex Is Not Your Lawyer (TV Series)
Dr. Barry Cohen
 2010 Tangled
Big Nose Thug (voice)
 2010 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (TV Series)
Gill Littlefoot
 2008-2010 Entourage (TV Series)
Jeffrey Tambor
 2010 Operation: Endgame
 2010 Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo (Video)
Mr. Calvin Curdles (voice)
 2009 Prequel: The Dawn of Lying (Video short)
 2009 Monsters vs Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space (TV Short)
Carl Murphy (voice)
 2009 The Invention of Lying
 2009 The Hangover
 2009 Batman: The Brave and the Bold (TV Series)
Crazy Quilt / Green / Red
 2009 Medium (TV Series)
Todd Emory / Allison Dubois
 2009 Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust (Video Game)
Larry Laffer (voice)
 2009 Monsters vs. Aliens
Carl Murphy (voice)
 2008 Good Behavior (TV Movie)
 2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
Jerzy Skaggs
 2006-2008 Twenty Good Years (TV Series)
Jeffrey Pyne
 2008 The New Adventures of Old Christine (TV Series)
 2008 Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Tom Manning
 2008 Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd (TV Series)
George Washington (voice)
 2008 Superhero Movie
Dr. Whitby
 2008 Welcome to the Captain (TV Series)
Uncle Saul
 2007 The Chubbchubbs Save Xmas (Short)
Santa Claus (voice)
 2007 Slipstream
Geek / Jeffrey / Dr. Geekman
 2007 Law & Order (TV Series)
Judge Barry Dilwynn
 2006 The King of Central Park (Short)
 2005 The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (TV Movie)
 2004 You Animal (Short)
Joey Poot (voice)
 2004 The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie (Video Game)
King Neptune (voice)
 2004 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
King Neptune (voice)
 2004 Funky Monkey
 2004 Game Over (TV Series)
Dr. Zed
 2004 Hellboy
Tom Manning
 2004 EuroTrip
Scott's Dad (uncredited)
 2004 Nobody's Perfect (Short)
 2003 Rubbing Charlie (TV Movie)
 2003 The Wonderful World of Disney (TV Series)
Mr. Salomone
 2003 Under the Tuscan Sun
Frances' Divorce Lawyer (uncredited)
 2003 My Boss's Daughter
 2003 Malibu's Most Wanted
Dr. Feldman
 2003/I Scorched
Bank Employer
 2002-2003 Ozzy & Drix (TV Series)
Mole / The Mole
 2002 3-South (TV Series)
Dean Earhart
 2002 That Was Then (TV Series)
Gary 'Double G' Glass
 2002 The Proud Family (TV Series)
Randolph Verascola
 2001 Man in the Kitchen (TV Movie)
 2001 Get Well Soon
 2001 The Practice (TV Series)
Sid Herman
 2001 Never Again
 2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Mayor Augustus Maywho
 2000 Pollock
Clem Greenberg
 2000 Sammy (TV Series)
Steve (voice)
 1999 Girl, Interrupted
Dr. Potts
 1999 The Lot (TV Series)
Myron Sylver
 1999 Teaching Mrs. Tingle
Coach Wenchell
 1999 Muppets from Space
K. Edgar Singer
 1999 Everything's Relative (TV Series)
Jake Gorelick
 1999 My Teacher's Wife
Jack Boomer
 1999 Tracey Takes On... (TV Series)
 1998 The Lionhearts (TV Series)
 1998 Meet Joe Black
 1998 Hercules (TV Series)
King Salmoneus
 1998 Doctor Dolittle
Dr. Fish
 1992-1998 The Larry Sanders Show (TV Series)
Hank Kingsley
 1997 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (TV Series)
Jerry / Sanitation Worker
 1997 Johnny Bravo (TV Series)
Felinius / T.V. Voices #1
 1997 Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (TV Series)
 1997 Weapons of Mass Distraction (TV Movie)
Alan Blanchard
 1996 The Man Who Captured Eichmann (TV Movie)
Isser Harel
 1996 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest (TV Series)
Black Jack Lee
 1996 Big Bully
 1995 Capitol Critters (TV Series)
 1995 The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat (TV Series)
Phelix the Cat
 1995 Jonny Quest Versus the Cyber Insects (TV Movie)
Dr. Zin (voice)
 1995 Pinky and the Brain (TV Series)
Beetle Fiero
 1995 Heavy Weights
Maury Garner
 1994 Radioland Murders
Walt Whalen, Jr.
 1994 Another Midnight Run (TV Movie)
Bernie Abbot
 1993 A House in the Hills
 1993 Dinosaurs (TV Series)
Hank Hibler
 1993 At Home with the Webbers (TV Movie)
Gerald Webber
 1993 Jonny's Golden Quest (TV Movie)
Dr. Zin (voice)
 1992 Batman: The Animated Series (TV Series)
 1992 Crossing the Bridge
Uncle Alby
 1992 1775 (TV Short)
Governor Massengill
 1992 Article 99
Dr. Leo Krutz
 1992 The Burden of Proof (TV Movie)
 1991 Empty Nest (TV Series)
Dr. Binder
 1990-1991 American Dreamer (TV Series)
Joe Baines
 1991 City Slickers
 1991 Life Stinks
Vance Crasswell
 1990 Phil Collins: I Wish It Would Rain Down (Video short)
Theatre Director
 1990 Pastime
Peter LaPorte
 1990 The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda (TV Series)
Additional Voices
 1990 Seriously... Phil Collins (TV Movie)
Jeffrey Taglentini
 1990 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
Charlie Marno
 1990 Equal Justice (TV Series)
Harry Beeker
 1990 Who's the Boss? (TV Series)
Fred Hartwell / Ed Hartwell
 1989 Doogie Howser, M.D. (TV Series)
Hospital Board Member
 1989 Lisa
Mr. Marks
 1989 The Golden Girls (TV Series)
Dr. Stevens
 1989 Studio 5-B (TV Series)
Lionel Goodman
 1989 Brenda Starr
 1989 The Easter Story (Video short)
Peter (voice)
 1987-1988 Max Headroom (TV Series)
 1988 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Gordon Salt
 1988 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Russell Armstrong
 1987 Popeye and Son (TV Series)
 1987 The Nativity (Video short)
Eli (voice)
 1987 Three O'Clock High
Mr. Rice
 1981-1987 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Judge Alan Wachtel / Alan Wachtel / Attorney Alan Wachtel
 1986-1987 Jonny Quest (TV Series)
Hard Rock
 1985-1986 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Milton (segment "The World Next Door") / Kyle Montgomery (segment "Dead Woman's Shoes")
 1986 Wildfire (TV Series)
 1986 Mr. Sunshine (TV Series)
Prof. Paul Stark
 1985 Desert Hearts
Jerry (uncredited)
 1985 Detective in the House (TV Series)
 1985 Robert Kennedy and His Times (TV Mini-Series)
Pierre Salinger
 1984 The Dream Chasers
Jeffrey Bauman
 1984 No Small Affair
 1984 The Three Wishes of Billy Grier (TV Movie)
Dr. Lindsey
 1983 Sadat (TV Series)
 1983 The Awakening of Candra (TV Movie)
Professor Michael Silver
 1983 Oh Madeline (TV Series)
 1983 Mr. Mom
 1983 The Man Who Wasn't There
Boris Potemkin
 1983 Cocaine: One Man's Seduction (TV Movie)
Mort Broome
 1981-1983 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Lawrence Jurgens / Mr. Harold Rogers
 1983 Gloria (TV Series)
Dr. Webber
 1982 CBS Children's Mystery Theatre (TV Series)
Nick Alessio
 1982 M*A*S*H (TV Series)
Maj. Reddish
 1982 Take Your Best Shot (TV Movie)
Alden Pepper
 1981-1982 Three's Company (TV Series)
Dr. Phillip Greene / Dr. Tom Miller / Winston Cromwell III
 1982 The Little Rascals (TV Series)
Additional Voices
 1982 Nine to Five (TV Series)
Franklin Hart
 1981 Saturday the 14th
 1981 Pals (TV Short)
Harry Miller
 1981 The Star Maker (TV Movie)
Harry Lanson
 1981 A Gun in the House (TV Movie)
Lance Kessler
 1981 Barney Miller (TV Series)
William Klein
 1980 Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story (TV Movie)
 1979-1980 The Ropers (TV Series)
Jeffrey P. Brookes III
 1979 ...and justice for all.
Jay Porter
 1979 Taxi (TV Series)
Congressman Walter Griswald
 1978 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series)
 1977 Kojak (TV Series)
Medical Examiner
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Music video: Appeared in the Ray Parker Jr. video "Ghost Busters" See more »

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Personal Quote:

[on what has guided his career] Go where your heart is, not the dollar sign. See more »


Teaching fellow/graduate assistant at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan in the late 1960s. See more »


Often plays a frustrated (or frustrating) authority figure See more »

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