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 Posted:   May 3, 2014 - 12:21 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

I remember him from lots of TV performances over the years, usually in very suave and dashing roles. He's the father of actress Stephanie Zimbalist, who some of us remember from "Centennial," although "Remington Steele" was a bigger part of her career. Zimbalist was 95.

 Posted:   May 3, 2014 - 12:36 AM   
 By:   BobJ   (Member)

That will be all Alfred.

God bless and RIP Mr. Zimbalist.

 Posted:   May 3, 2014 - 1:16 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)



Rest in Peace Sir.

 Posted:   May 3, 2014 - 2:10 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

He was on the seventh season of Rawhide.

Episode #25: The Last Order
written by Tom Seller
directed by Robert L. Friend
guest: Efrem Zimbalist Jr, Lawrence Dobkin, Harry Lauter, Kelton Garwood, Rex Holman, Bruce Mars, Ken Konopka

 Posted:   May 3, 2014 - 3:30 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Efrem Zimbalist Jr.'s first theatrical film role was in 1949's HOUSE OF STRANGERS. He didn't appear in a feature film again until 1957.

 Posted:   May 3, 2014 - 3:41 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Zimbalist's next appearance on the big screen was in 1957's BAND OF ANGELS. Zimbalist played the lover of a plantation owner's daughter (Yvonne De Carlo).

 Posted:   May 3, 2014 - 3:47 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In late 1957, in BOMBERS B-52, Zimbalist played an Air Force officer. Reportedly, he replaced Tab Hunter in the role.

 Posted:   May 3, 2014 - 4:04 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Zimbalist had a busy 1958, appearing in four feature films and four episodes of "Maverick," as well as beginning his series "77 Sunset Strip" in the Fall. First up for the features was the January release of the Alan Ladd World War II naval film THE DEEP SIX. Zimbalist played the ship's doctor. The film also marked the feature film debut of Joey Bishop.

 Posted:   May 3, 2014 - 11:25 AM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

Zimbalist appeared on his daughter's show, Remington Steele, on a recurring basis. He was also the voice of Alfred for most of the episodes of Batman: The Animated Series, although Clive Revell was the original voice artist doing Alfred.

My condolences to Stephanie and the rest of his family.

 Posted:   May 3, 2014 - 12:20 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Zimbalist had two features open in May 1958. In mid-May came VIOLENT ROAD. In this variation on 1953's WAGES OF FEAR, Zimbalist plays a rocket fuel developer who seeks a transport company willing to move three trucks, filled with nitric acid, hydrogen peroxide and hydrazine, the volatile chemicals that make up the rocket fuel mixture.

 Posted:   May 3, 2014 - 12:48 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

At the end of May, Zimbalist co-starred with Dorothy Malone and Errol Flynn in TOO MUCH, TOO SOON, which was based on the autobiography of actress Diana Barrymore, the daughter of actor John Barrymore. Malone was Diana, and Flynn was her father. Zimbalist played a fellow actor who gets romantically involved with Diana. The real Diana made her film debut in the 1942 Universal feature "Eagle Squadron," and died in 1960 of an apparent suicide, two years after the release of TOO MUCH, TOO SOON.

 Posted:   May 3, 2014 - 12:57 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In November 1958, Zimbalist appeared in HOME BEFORE DARK, the story of a woman (Jean Simmons) battling for sanity after she walks out of a mental institution. Zimbalist plays a Jewish professor at a nearby college who gets involved with the woman.

 Posted:   May 3, 2014 - 12:59 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

I loved him in "The F.B.I." as inspector Lewis Erskine, much better than Jimmy Stewart in "The F.B.I. Story". Let's hope that the Warner Archive Collection puts the remainder of the series out. R.I.P. Efrem, you're now up there with Phillip Abbott.

 Posted:   May 3, 2014 - 1:06 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In October 1958, Zimbalist began a 6-year run in Warner Bros. best-known detective series, "77 Sunset Strip." Zimbalist had first played his character, Stuart Bailey, in an episode of Warner's anthology show "Conflict," entitled "Anything for Money," which aired on 23 July 1957. The pilot episode for '77 Sunset Strip," GIRL ON THE RUN was turned into a feature which was released overseas in 1959.

 Posted:   May 3, 2014 - 1:17 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In 1960, Zimbalist co-starred in THE CROWDED SKY, an airborne soap opera that addressed a real life problem--the need for better air traffic control as more and more planes took to the skies in the late 1950s. Zimbalist played an airline captain, with a mid-air collision in his past, who is the husband of a philandering wife played by Rhonda Fleming.

 Posted:   May 3, 2014 - 1:38 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

With his continued television stardom, Zimbalist had his first lead role in a feature film in 1961's A FEVER IN THE BLOOD. He played a judge in a sensational murder trial, who also has political ambitions of becoming governor. The film was written and produced by Roy Huggins, who was the creator of "77 Sunset Strip" and "Maverick," and who would go on to create "The Fugitive" and "The Rockford Files." Ernest Gold scored the film, as he had Zimbalist's earlier TOO MUCH, TOO SOON.

 Posted:   May 3, 2014 - 2:18 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In June 1961, Zimbalist co-starred with Lana Turner in an adaptation of the steamy best-seller BY LOVE POSSESSED. Zimbalist played a law firm partner with a shaky marriage. A United Artists release, this John Sturges-directed film was Zimbalist's first film away from his home studio of Warner Bros. since he had signed with the company. As he had done for Sturges' THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN the previous year, Elmer Bernstein provided the score.

 Posted:   May 3, 2014 - 2:29 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Zimbalist returned to Warner Bros. for his second lead role, in 1962's THE CHAPMAN REPORT, based on an Irving Wallace best-seller. Zimbalist played an assistant to a famous psychologist, who arrives in a Los Angeles suburb to conduct a survey on the sex habits of American women. The drama was produced by Darryl F. Zanuck (on one of his hiatuses from 20th Century Fox), directed by George Cukor, and scored by Leonard Rosenman.

 Posted:   May 3, 2014 - 3:11 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

1965 saw the production of two biopics of 1930's actress Jean Harlow. The major studio film was Paramount's "Harlow," a widescreen color production starring Carroll Baker, directed by Gordon Douglas, and scored by Neal Hefti. But producer Lee Savin, who the year before had filmed and distributed the rock concert "The T.A.M.I. Show," had the idea of getting a competing Harlow film into theaters before Paramount's film opened. Using the same procedure he had used for "The T.A.M.I. Show," in what was essentially a videotaped television production, Savin's HARLOW was shot in just eight days at Desilu Studios by director Alex Segal, with the videotape being converted to film in a process developed by Bill Sargent called Electronovision. The image may have been in grainy black and white, but it arrived on theater screens five weeks ahead of Paramount's "Harlow."

Savin's HARLOW was played by Carol Lynley. Zimbalist played an actor named William Mansfield, a fictional character who did not appear in Paramount's film. Nelson Riddle and Al Ham scored the film.

Bill Sargent had also used his Electronovision process in 1964 to record and distribute to theaters a performance of Richard Burton's "Hamlet," which was then playing on Broadway.

 Posted:   May 3, 2014 - 3:31 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Later in 1965, Zimbalist co-starred with Max Von Sydow and Yvette Mimieux in THE REWARD, a desert-set drama in which Zimbalist plays a man who flees to Mexico from charges of kidnapping and murdering a boy in the United States. Elmer Bernstein scored the Aaron Rosenberg production for 20th Century Fox.

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