Jeffrey Tambor stars as Walt, Pete's (David Walton) live-in father who is a perpetually unemployed actor still yearning to get back in the game on NBC's comedy "Bent."
Tambor has earned deep respect for being one of the most versatile and accomplished character actors in film and television. He has been awarded numerous honors for his professional work, including six Emmy nominations, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and a nomination for a Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Comedy Series. His unforgettable roles in such popular programs as "The Larry Sanders Show" and "Arrested Development" reveal his unique comedic gifts, while his appearances in films such as "And Justice for All" and "Meet Joe Black" display the depth of his dramatic sensibilities.
Tambor attended San Francisco State University where he received a bachelor of arts degree in drama in 1965. He then went on to Wayne State University, earning an MFA in 1969. He was studying for his PhD when he left in 1970 to accept a role in "Richard II" with Richard Chamberlain at the Seattle Repertory Theatre.
He made his Broadway debut in the Arthur Penn-directed comedy "Sly Fox" in 1976, appearing opposite George C. Scott. That same year, he appeared in the New York Shakespeare production of "Measure for Measure."
Tambor has remained active in theatre, directing Lanford Wilson's "Burn This" at the Skylight Theatre in Los Angeles. He continues to act and direct at many regional theatre companies, including the Academy Festival Theatre in Chicago and the Loeb Drama Center at Harvard, spanning projects by playwrights as diverse as Shakespeare, Moliere and Chekhov to more contemporary writers.
In 2005, he returned to Broadway as George Aaronow 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.
For six seasons beginning in 1992, Tambor had one of television's most memorable roles as Hank Kingsley, the self-centered sidekick to talk show host Larry Sanders on the critically acclaimed "The Larry Sanders Show." He went on to star in the hilarious Emmy Award-winning sitcom "Arrested Development" for three seasons as twin brothers George Bluth Sr. and Oscar Bluth.
Tambor recently finished filming "The Untitled Phil Spector Biopic" opposite Al Pacino and Helen Mirren and "For the Love of Money" with Edward Furlong. Other recent big screen features include "Mr. Popper's Penguins," "Flypaper," "Paul" and "Win, Win."
His vast credits include the two "Hellboy" films, "The Hangover," "The Invention of Lying," "There's Something About Mary," "City Slickers," "Miss Congeniality," "Dreamchasers," "Mr. Mom," "Brenda Starr," "Radioland Murders," "Doctor Dolittle," "Pollock" and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."
Tambor has also provided voices for the animated films "Tangled" and "Monsters vs. Aliens," as well as the upcoming "Clockwork Girl." Additionally, he was the voice of King Neptune in "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie."
Tambor lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Kasia, and their four children.