Jeffrey Tambor

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In his over three-hour Archive interview, Jeffrey Tambor talks about his extensive dramatic training in college and under the tutelage of Milton Katselas at The Beverly Hills Playhouse. He recalls appearing in plays and on Broadway with George C. Scott, and remembers his very first television appearance in Kojak. He recounts appearances on Starsky and Hutch, Taxi and Barney Miller and being cast as "Jeffrey P. Brooks" on The Ropers, the short-lived spin-off of Three's Company. He discusses guest roles from the 1980s on Three's Company, Hill Street Blues, Oh Madeline, LA Law, and The Golden Girls, and speaks of being a regular on series Max Headroom, Mr. Sunshine and 9 to 5. Tambor details his Emmy-nominated role of "Hank Kingsley" on The Larry Sanders Show, shares how he developed his character over time, and recalls working with Garry Shandling. He touches on his extensive voiceover work, and talks of his role as "George Bluth" on Arrested Development, commenting on the show's then-recent revival on Netflix. Jim Colucci conducted the interview on June 19, 2013 in Long Island, New York.

"I had auditioned for Garry Shandling to play 'Hank' on 'The Larry Sanders Show.' I called him later that day at about 5:00. They switched the call to his gym. I said, 'I just really need to play 'Hank.'' I said, 'I've never done this.' And Garry said, 'But Hank would.'"  

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Highlights
Jeffrey Tambor on being cast as "Hank Kingsley" on The Larry Sanders Show
Jeffrey Tambor on how The Larry Sanders Show  affected his career and the prospects for a reunion
Jeffrey Tambor on "Hank Kingsley's" Larry Sanders Show catchphrase "Hey Now"
Jeffrey Tambor on being cast as "George Bluth" on Arrested Development
Jeffrey Tambor on his Emmy nominations
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early life and influences
On his college experience and training at The Beverly Hills Playhouse; on his first television role on Kojak 
On appearing on Broadway; on appearing on Starsky and Hutch
On appearing on Taxi; on playing "Jeffrey Brookes" on The Ropers

Chapter 2

On working with the cast of The Ropers; on what he learned from The Ropers; on appearing on the series Three's Company, M*A*S*H, Hill Street Blues and Barney Miller
On being fired from the series 9 to 5; on guest-starring on L.A. Law; on auditioning for Cop Rock and guest-starring on Doogie Howser, M.D. 
On guest-starring on The Golden Girls and starring in American Dreamer
On being cast as "Hank Kingsley" on The Larry Sanders Show; on his co-stars from the show

Chapter 3

On classic Larry Sanders Show episodes; on the legacy of The Larry Sanders Show and what it did for his career; on his voiceover career
On various guest-starring roles; on getting the role as "George Bluth" in Arrested Development; on playing "Oscar Bluth" on Arrested Development
On the cast of Arrested Development; on his favorite moments from the show and its revival on Netflix
On the cancellation of Arrested Development; on the then-future of Arrested Development; on various guest-starring roles and then-current projects

Chapter 4

On then-current projects; on professional achievements and regrets; on advice to an aspiring actor
Shows

9 to 5

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Jeffrey Tambor on playing "Franklin Hart" on 9 to 5

American Dreamer

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Jeffrey Tambor on starring in the series American Dreamer

Arrested Development

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Jeffrey Tambor on being cast as "George Bluth" on Arrested Development
Jeffrey Tambor on his impressions of "George Bluth" and his relationship to his family on Arrested Development
Jeffrey Tambor on playing "Oscar Bluth" on Arrested Development
Jeffrey Tambor on Jason Bateman as "Michael Bluth" on Arrested Development
Jeffrey Tambor on Michael Cera as "George-Michael" on Arrested Development
Jeffrey Tambor on Jessica Walter as "Lucille Bluth" on Arrested Development
Jeffrey Tambor on Portia de Rosi as "Lindsay Bluth" on Arrested Development
Jeffrey Tambor on Will Arnett as "Gob Bluth" on Arrested Development
Jeffrey Tambor on David Cross on Arrested Development
Jeffrey Tambor on a typical production week for Arrested Development
Jeffrey Tambor on his favorite moments of Arrested Development
Jeffrey Tambor on the revival of Arrested Development on Netflix
Jeffrey Tambor on episodes of Arrested Development
Jeffrey Tambor on the cancellation of Arrested Development
Jeffrey Tambor on the evolution of "George Bluth" on Arrested Development
Jeffrey Tambor on his favorite storyline from the new Netflix season of Arrested Development and the future of the show

Barney Miller

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Jeffrey Tambor on appearing on Barney Miller

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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Jeffrey Tambor on various guest appearances 

Cop Rock

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Jeffrey Tambor on guest-starring on L.A. Law and auditioning for Cop Rock

Doogie Howser, M.D.

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Jeffrey Tambor on guest-starring on Doogie Howser, M.D.

Emmy Awards, The (Primetime and Daytime)

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Jeffrey Tambor on his Emmy nominations

Golden Girls, The

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Jeffrey Tambor on guest-starring on The Golden Girls

Hill Street Blues

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Jeffrey Tambor on his recurring role on Hill Street Blues

Kojak

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Jeffrey Tambor on appearing on Kojak, his first television role

L.A. Law

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Jeffrey Tambor on guest-starring on L.A. Law and auditioning for Cop Rock

Larry Sanders Show, The

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Jeffrey Tambor on being cast as "Hank Kingsley" on The Larry Sanders Show
Jeffrey Tambor on "Hank Kingsley's" relationship with "Larry Sanders" on The Larry Sanders Show
Jeffrey Tambor on his Larry Sanders Show character "Hank Kingsley"
Jeffrey Tambor on his favorite Larry Sanders Show guest stars
Jeffrey Tambor on his Larry Sanders Show co-stars
Jeffrey Tambor on "Hank Kingsley's" Larry Sanders Show catchphrase "Hey Now"
Jeffrey Tambor on a typical Larry Sanders Show production week
Jeffrey Tambor on classic Larry Sanders Show episodes
Jeffrey Tambor on the final episode of The Larry Sanders Show
Jeffrey Tambor on the legacy of The Larry Sanders Show
Jeffrey Tambor on how The Larry Sanders Show affected his career and the prospects for a reunion
Jeffrey Tambor on where he sees "Hank Kingsley" in the present

Law & Order

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Jeffrey Tambor on various guest appearances 

M*A*S*H

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Jeffrey Tambor on appearing on M*A*S*H

New Adventures of Old Christine, The

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Jeffrey Tambor on various guest appearances 

Oh Madeline

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Jeffrey Tambor on appearing on Oh Madeline

Ropers, The

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Jeffrey Tambor on playing "Jeffrey Brookes" on The Ropers
Jeffrey Tambor on working with Audra Lindley and Norman Fell on The Ropers
Jeffrey Tambor on his favorite moments on The Ropers
Jeffrey Tambor on what he learned from being a series regular on The Ropers

Starsky and Hutch

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Jeffrey Tambor on appearing on Starsky and Hutch

Tales from the Crypt

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Jeffrey Tambor on guest-starring on Tales from the Crypt

Taxi

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Jeffrey Tambor on appearing on Taxi

Three's Company

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Jeffrey Tambor on appearing on Three's Company and working with John Ritter

Tracey Takes On ...

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Jeffrey Tambor on appearing on Tracey Takes On...
Topics

Advice

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Jeffrey Tambor on advice to an aspiring actor

Characters & Catchphrases

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Jeffrey Tambor on his Larry Sanders Show  character "Hank Kingsley"
Jeffrey Tambor on "Hank Kingsley's" Larry Sanders Show  catchphrase "Hey Now"
Jeffrey Tambor on his impressions of "George Bluth" and his relationship to his family on Arrested Development

Emmy Awards

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Jeffrey Tambor on his Emmy nominations

First Big Break

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Jeffrey Tambor on appearing on Kojak, his first television role

New Media

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Jeffrey Tambor on the revival of Arrested Development  on Netflix
Jeffrey Tambor on his series Onion News Empire

Pivotal Career Moments

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Jeffrey Tambor on appearing on Kojak, his first television role

Pop Culture

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Jeffrey Tambor on his Larry Sanders Show  character "Hank Kingsley"
Jeffrey Tambor on "Hank Kingsley's" Larry Sanders Show  catchphrase "Hey Now"
Jeffrey Tambor on his impressions of "George Bluth" and his relationship to his family on Arrested Development

Television Industry

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Jeffrey Tambor on the revival of Arrested Development  on Netflix
Jeffrey Tambor on his series Onion News Empire
Jeffrey Tambor on advice to an aspiring actor
Professions

Actor

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Jeffrey Tambor on advice to an aspiring actor

Performers

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Jeffrey Tambor on advice to an aspiring actor
Genres

Comedy Series

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Jeffrey Tambor on playing "Jeffrey Brookes" on The Ropers  (Part 1)
Jeffrey Tambor on playing "Jeffrey Brookes" on The Ropers  (Part 2)
Jeffrey Tambor on playing "Hank Kingsley" on The Larry Sanders Show
Jeffrey Tambor on playing "Hank Kingsle"y on The Larry Sanders Show (Part 2)
Jeffrey Tambor on playing "George Bluth" on Arrested Development
People

Jason Bateman

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Jeffrey Tambor on Jason Bateman as "Michael Bluth" on Arrested Development

Norman Fell

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Jeffrey Tambor on working with Audra Lindley and Norman Fell on The Ropers

Gary David Goldberg

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Jeffrey Tambor on starring in the series American Dreamer

Mitchell Hurwitz

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Jeffrey Tambor on his favorite moments of Arrested Development

Audra Lindley

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Jeffrey Tambor on working with Audra Lindley and Norman Fell on The Ropers

Ed McMahon

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Jeffrey Tambor on being cast as "Hank Kingsley" on The Larry Sanders Show

Noam Pitlik

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Jeffrey Tambor on appearing on Barney Miller

John Ritter

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Jeffrey Tambor on appearing on Three's Company and working with John Ritter

Garry Shandling

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Jeffrey Tambor on being cast as "Hank Kingsley" on The Larry Sanders Show

Robert Urich

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Jeffrey Tambor on starring in the series American Dreamer

Jessica Walter

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Jeffrey Tambor on Jessica Walter as "Lucille Bluth" on Arrested Development

Henry Winkler

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Jeffrey Tambor on his favorite moments of Arrested Development

Alan Zweibel

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Jeffrey Tambor on being cast as "Hank Kingsley" on The Larry Sanders Show

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