''Remember when you bought a turntable and got the smallest screwdriver you ever saw to keep it balanced?'' Mr. Winkler asked. ''That's how Jeffrey acts. He has an ability to calibrate within a millimeter of itself what he's doing.''’ —The New York Times
“Transparent might not have entirely toppled the patriarchy. But, in Tambor, it showed you can still enlist the right man for the fight.” —The Guardian
"I think your resources are feeling. Your resources are depth. Your resources are learning. Your resources are touching and feeling. And for me, sobriety helps and aids all of that."
— Jeffrey Tambor
"On the other hand, we don't come to work with all of these social goals, nor are we directly trying to change the world and all of that. Our job is that we have these human characters, and it's our responsibility to play them truthfully and as human as possible. Jill has cast this impeccably. These actors nail it, even the non-Pfeffermans. It's ridiculous."
— Jeffrey Tambor on Transparent
You know him from his breakout role as Hank Kingsley from The Larry Sanders Show, his outrageous turn as George Bluth on Arrested Development, and his Emmy Award-winning performance as Maura Pfefferman on Transparent. A Broadway star, a television legend, an accomplished screen actor whose singular wit and heartrending performances have been entertaining audiences for more than four decades, but the question remains: who is Jeffrey Tambor?
In his illuminating, often hilarious, and always unflinchingly honest book, Are You Anybody?: A Memoir, Tambor looks back at the key moments in his life that taught him about creativity and play and pain and fear. The son of what you might call “eccentric” Russian and Hungarian Jewish parents, Tambor grew up in San Francisco a husky kid with a lisp who suffered in his “otherness,” and found salvation in the theater.
While he learned his art from the best of the best—Al Pacino, George C. Scott, Garry Shandling, Jill Soloway--he also introduces his many unexpected teachers, from the nameless man in a Detroit bookstore who gave him the love of reading, to his young children who (at this ridiculously late stage in his life) have re-introduced him to play and bravery.
Tambor shares the triumph of landing his first Broadway role, but not before experiencing the humbling that is commercial work (and how even saying “my socks don’t cling” can prove a challenge). He invites you behind the scenes of his wildly successful television shows, but he doesn’t leave out the pit stops he made at addiction, Scientology, and what it feels like to get fourth billing after Sylvia the Seal on The Love Boat.
Jeffrey Tambor is an accomplished actor known for his unforgettable comedic roles on HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show, the long-running Fox series Arrested Development, and the Golden Globe Award-winning Transparent, for which he has won Golden Globe and Emmy Awards. Tambor lives in Los Angeles, California.