Character: Mr. Dinlear
Jeffrey Tambor has earned deep respect for being one of the most versatile and accomplished character actors in film and television. His unforgettable roles in television reveal his unique comedic gifts, while his film roles display the depth of his dramatic sensibilities.
Tambor received four Emmy nominations for his role as Hank Kingsley, the self-centered sidekick on HBO’s critically acclaimed “The Larry Sanders Show.” He went on to garner two Emmy nominations as twin brothers George Bluth Sr. and Oscar Bluth in the Fox sitcom “Arrested Development.” His other television credits also include appearances on such classic shows as “Taxi,” “Barney Miller,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “Kojak,” “L.A. Law,” “M*A*S*H,” “Hill Street Blues” and “Three’s Company,” which led to a role on its spin-off, “The Ropers.” Currently, Tambor has a recurring role on HBO’s “Entourage” and will soon be seen in the untitled Phil Spector biopic for HBO, as well as the new NBC comedy series “Bent.”
Tambor’s feature film credits are numerous and include “The Hangover,” “The Hangover Part II,” “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” “Flypaper,” “For the Love of Money,” “The Invention of Lying,” “There’s Something About Mary,” “And Justice for All,” “Meet Joe Black,” “Hellboy,” “Hellboy II,” “City Slickers,” “Miss Congeniality,” “Dreamchasers,” “Mr. Mom,” “Brenda Starr,” “Radioland Murders,” “Doctor Dolittle,” “Pollock” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” He also provided voices for the animated films “Tangled,” “Monsters vs. Aliens” and “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie,” as well as the upcoming “Clockwork Girl.” Tambor will soon be seen in the feature films “Paul,” “Meeting Spencer” and “Win Win,” which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
Tambor made his Broadway debut in the comedy “Sly Fox,” opposite George C. Scott and directed by Arthur Penn. He starred in the New York Shakespeare production of “Measure for Measure” that same year. Tambor has remained active in theater, both acting and directing at many regional theater companies. In 2005, he starred on Broadway in David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross,” which won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance.
Tambor received a Bachelor of Arts degree at San Francisco State University, followed by a Master of Fine Arts from Wayne State University. He was studying for his PhD when he left his studies for a role in “Richard II” with Richard Chamberlain at the Seattle Repertory Theater.
Tambor currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Kasia and their four children.
"Lili," directed by Alicia Keys and written by Jill Gordon, follows Lili, a fiercely independent, career-minded woman (Rosario Dawson), who recruits her sister (Tracee Ellis Ross) to help tell their hard-nosed mother (Jenifer Lewis) that she has breast cancer. As they work through their past issues, Lili’s mother and sister ultimately become her strongest allies when she needs her family the most. "Lili" also stars Jeffrey Tambor as a male patient diagnosed with breast cancer.