HOLLYWOOD HILLS—Actor and comedian Jeffrey Tambor, known for his roles in “Arrested Development” and “Transparent,” was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, August 8. The star is the 2,617th since the Walk of Fame’s completion in 1961.
“Jeffrey Tambor is one of those actors you just cannot forget! He is constantly successful and captivating in his roles,” said Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies. “He is very popular with fans in whatever work he does. His role in ‘Transparent’ is groundbreaking and will be a part of television’s history for many years to come.”
Tambor’s star was dedicated in the category of Television at 6230 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Iguana Vintage Store, near the corner of Hollywood and Vine. The ceremony is the second consecutive Walk of Fame ceremony honoring a cast member of “Arrested Development.” His co-star Jason Bateman, who portrayed the son of Tambor’s character, received his star on July 26.
President and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Leron Gubler introduced the actor at the 11:30 a.m. ceremony. Joe Lewis, head of Comedy and Drama at Amazon Studios, and Mitchell Hurwitz, creator of “Arrested Development,” were present as guest speakers. “Transparent” cast members Kathryn Hahn, Jay Duplass, and Amy Landecker were present at the ceremony.
Tambor, 73, made his Broadway debut in “Sly Fox” in 1976 and began his film and television career in the late 1970s, through minor roles on shows including “Kojak,” “Taxi,” and “Three’s Company.” In 1979, he starred in the film “…And Justice For All” alongside Al Pacino, and landed his first main role in the sitcom “The Ropers.” He had recurring roles on “Hill Street Blues” (1981-1987) and “Max Headroom” (1987). He appeared in other shows such as “Jonny Quest” (1986-1987), “L.A. Law” (1988), and “American Dream” (1990), and films including “A House in the Hills” (1993), “Never Again” (2001), both “Hell Boy” films, and “The Hangover” series.
He is often remembered for his portrayal of Hank Kingsley, the sidekick of the fictional talk show host Larry Sanders, on HBO’s “The Larry Sanders Show,” which ran from 1992 to 1998. He received four Emmy nominations for his performance on the series. From 2003 to 2006, he starred in the Fox sitcom “Arrested Development” as George Bluth, Sr. and his identical twin brother, Oscar Bluth, for which he received two Emmy nominations. After the cancellation of the show in 2006, he appeared in the NBC series “Twenty Good Years” with John Lithgow, the CBS comedy “Welcome to The Captain,” and the HBO series “Entourage.” In 2013, he starred in the fourth season of “Arrested Development,” which was released on Netflix.
In 2014, Tambor starred in the Amazon series “Transparent” as Maura Pfefferman, a retired college professor who comes out as transgender. He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance in season one. He earned a Golden Globe nomination for the series’ second season and won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series, and the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series.
He will appear alongside Adrian McLoughlin in the upcoming film “The Death of Stalin,” which is scheduled to be released in September. In April 2018, he will star alongside Adam DeVine and Gillian Jacobs in the Disney comedy film “Magic Camp.”