Today's Birthday, July 8: Jeffrey Tambor, US actor, (1944 - ).
The two-time Emmy Award winner and first to receive the accolade for playing a transgender character, Jeffrey Tambor was riding a career high when he was embroiled in #ME TOO, causing his spectacular fall from grace.
After accusations of sexual harassment from his former assistant Van Barnes and fellow Transparent transgender actor Trace Lysette, Tambor was officially fired from the critically acclaimed Amazon series after the company investigated the claims against him.
Despite this, Tambor appeared in the fifth season of comedy series Arrested Development, where he played the patriarch of the dysfunctional Bluth family. The show was predominantly filmed before the allegations against Tambor came to light.
Tambor was born in San Francisco, California in 1944.
After falling in love with theatre from a young age he would sit in his family's basement pretending to give autographs. He gave his first at the age of 33 outside Broadhurst Theatre, on West 44th Street.
He studied acting at San Francisco State University and received a Masters from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
In 1976 he made his Broadway debut in Sly Fox. He paid the bills with various acting stints including an advertisement for Avis rent-a-car, a parody of OJ Simpson's similar ads with Hertz. He also appeared in a string of television shows including Taxi, Kojak, M*A*S*H and Three's Company.
For The Larry Sanders Show (1992-1998) Tambor received four Emmy nominations.
From 2003 Tambor played George Bluth, and occasionally his brother Oscar in Arrested Development. After three seasons the show was cancelled in 2006 , but a fourth (2013) and fifth season (2018) was brought back by popular demand.
While accepting his second Emmy for his "dream role" playing Mort, a father transitioning into transgender woman Maura, he pointed to the controversy surrounding the fact that a cis white male had been given the part, not a transgender actor.
"I would not be unhappy were I the last cisgender male to play a female transgender on television," Tambor said in 2016.