Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. reported dead
If you think of F.B.I. agents as earnest and upstanding, it may be because of Efrem Zimbalist Jr.‘s nearly decade long portrayal of Inspector Erskine on the popular TV series.
For fans of 77 Sunset Strip found that a bit odd: Erskine was one of the stars of that earlier TV series, and it had a light tone, and was sometimes an almost experimental show (they did an episode with no dialog, for example).
Erskine, though, also did geek friendly roles, especially later on. Starting in 1992 on Batman: The Animated Series, Erskine voiced Batman’s butler Alfred…right up through 2004 on Justice League. It’s likely Erskine has played Alfred in more productions than anyone else:
- Batman: The Animated Series
- The Batman Superman Movie: World’s Finest
- Batman & Mr. Freeze: Subzero
- The New Batman Adventures
- Superman: The Animated Series
- Static Shock
- Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman
- Justice League
Crossing publishing houses, Erskine also voiced Doc Ock on the 1995 Spider-Man series…and also did both voices for their videogame versions.
Geek-friendly roles include:
- The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
- Wait Until Dark
- Terror Out of the Sky (a killer bees movie)
- Beyond Witch Mountain
- Fantasy Island
- The Tempest (as Prospero)
- Remington Steele (he is Stephanie Zimbalist’s father)
- Zorro (1990s TV series)
- Hot Shots!
- Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Father videogame
- The Legend of Prince Valiant 1990s animated series (as King Arthur)
- Biker Mice from Mars (again, as King Arthur)
- Iron Man (1990s animated series) (as Firepower/Justin Hammer)
- Picket Fences
- Mighty Ducks TV series
- Babylon Five (William Edgars)
- The Visitor TV series
Good-bye, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr…the world is less sincere without you.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.