Efrem Zimbalist Jr: The Perfect Alfred

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Efrem Zimbalist Jr, Golden Globe Award Winning actor, past away on May 2, 2014 of natural causes. He was 95. 

While he was known as the genteel actor who was the star of such series as The F.B.I and 77 Sunset Strip, and the voice of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, he also starred with big name actors such as Aubrey Hepburn in the film: Wait Until Dark.

However, he will forever be etched into our memories as Alfred Pennyworth in Batman: The Animated Series and The New Adventures of Batman & Robin. However, his voice acting was not limited to just those shows. He also portrayed Dr. Octopus on Spider-Man: The Animated Series and Justin Hammer in the second season of  the 1994 Alfred_batman_tasIron Man cartoon.

While Alfred’s origins were not explored entirely in Batman: TAS (as the fans call it) or its spin-offs, there was one episode called “The Lion and The Unicorn” where Alfred is captured by the terrorist Red Claw (voiced by Kate Mulgrew of Star Trek Voyager fame) and it is revealed that the posh butler also served on her majesty’s secret service. 

While I am sad at this loss, I will forever remember Efrem Zimbalist Jr. for his charisma, versatility, and his acting talent, behind the microphone, on the stage, or in front of a camera. Rest in peace! 

LIMITED FILMOGRAPHY (Provided by IMDB)

  • 2003-2004 Justice League (TV Series) Alfred Pennyworth
  • 2003 Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (Video) Alfred (voice)
  • 2001 The First Day (TV Movie) Benjamin Hart
  • 1998 Cab to Canada (TV Movie) Vice Chancellor
  • 1997-1998 The New Batman Adventures (TV Series) Alfred Pennyworth 
  • 1998 Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (Video) Alfred Pennyworth (voice)
  • 1997 The Visitor (TV Series) Wayland Scott
  • 1995-1997 Spider-Man (TV Series) Dr. Otto Octavius / Dr. Octopus 
  • 1997 The Batman Superman Movie: World’s Finest (TV Movie) Alfred Pennyworth (voice)
  • 1997 Babylon 5 (TV Series) William Edgars
  • 1996 Mighty Ducks (TV Series) – Zap Attack (1996) … Dr. Denton P. Hookerman (voice)
  • 1995 Iron Man (TV Series) Justin Hammer 
  • 1995 Gargoyles (TV Series) – Revelations (1995) … Mace Malone (voice)
  • 1992-1995 Batman: The Animated Series (TV Series) Alfred Pennyworth 
  • 1995 The Street Corner Kids: The Sequel Marty
  • 1994 The Nanny (TV Series) – Material Fran (1994) … Theodore Timmons
  • 1991-1994 The Legend of Prince Valiant (TV Series) King Arthur
  • 1994 Street Corner Kids- Marty
  • 1994 Burke’s Law (TV Series) Who Killed the Legal Eagle? (1994) … Sam Gallagher
  • 1993 Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Alfred Pennyworth (voice)
  • 1988-1992 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series) 
  • 1991 Hot Shots! Wilson
  • 1990 Zorro (TV Series) Don Alejandro de la Vega
  • 1983 The Tempest (Video) Prospero
  • 1983 Fantasy Island (TV Series) Marshall Baldwin
  • 1982 Beyond Witch Mountain (TV Movie) Aristotle
  • 1980 Scruples (TV Mini-Series) 
  • 1978 Terror Out of the Sky (TV Movie) David Martin
  • 1978 A Family Upside Down (TV Movie) Mike Long
  • 1975 Who Is the Black Dahlia? (TV Movie) Sgt. Harry Hansen
  • 1974 Airport 1975 Captain Stacy
  • 1965-1974 The F.B.I. (TV Series) Inspector Lewis Erskine
  • 1967 Wait Until Dark Sam Hendrix
  • 1967 Cosa Nostra, Arch Enemy of the FBI (TV Movie) Lewis Erskine
  • 1965 Rawhide (TV Series) Jeff McKeever
  • 1964 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series) – See the Monkey Dance (1964) … Stranger
  • 1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series) John Ferris – The Sojourner (1964) … John Ferris
  • 1958-1964 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series) Stuart Bailey 
  • 1957-1958 Maverick (TV Series) Dandy Jim Buckley

 

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