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Anthony Zerbe - Overview

Date of Birth: May 20, 1936    
Place of Birth: Long Beach, California, United States
Nationality: United States
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For over four decades, Emmy-winning actor Anthony Zerbe compiled an impressive list of character turns, frequently on the amoral side, in countless features, including "Cool Hand Luke" (1967), "The Omega Man" (1971), "The Dead Zone" (1983), "License to Kill" (1989) and "The Matrix Revolutions" (2003). Classically trained, he imbued a sinuous grace and elegance to nearly every role, no matter how scurrilous or ham-fisted, which elevated him to favored actor status in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s. Though a frequent go-to for heels and unsavory types, he could also be a warm and caring paternal figure, as evidenced by his veteran cowpoke on "The Young Riders" (ABC, 1988-1992) and numerous other television programs. Rarely off the screen for more than a few months at a time, Zerbe also maintained a busy theater schedule, which included recitations of classic poetry and the works of e.e. cummings, as well as a traveling master class in acting. His innate believability in any role, no matter how fatuous the feature or TV episode, earned him the affection of t... Read More
1998
Had featured role in "Star Trek: Insurrection"
1997
Returned to the big screen as a priest in "Touch"
1990
Became associate artistic director of the GeVa Theater in Rochester New York; started an annual new plays festival, Reflections, for which he has also directed some plays
1989
First non-US feature credit, the British-made James Bond film, "License to Kill", his last feature for six years
1982
Returned to Broadway in the short-lived production "Solomon's Child"; play opened on April 8 and closed April 10
1981
Acted on Broadway as Benjamin Hubbard in support of Elizabeth Taylor in a revival of the Lillian Hellman drama, "The Little Foxes"
1977
First performed his one-man stage show, "It's All Done with Mirrors", an evening of poetry written by e e cummings


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