Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Voice of Alfred Dies at 95


Veteran actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr. — known to older generations as the star of the TV series 77 Sunset Strip and The F.B.I. and to younger audiences as the voice of Alfred Pennyworth on Batman: The Animated Series, has died at the age of 95.

In the 1980s, Zimbalist acted opposite his daughter, actress Stephani Zimbalist, and Pierce Brosnan on Remington Steele, where he played the title character’s mentor. He also played “Don Alejandro de la Vega” in the 1990 TV series Zorro.

His feature films included Wait Until Dark, House of Strangers, and Hot Shots!.

Zimbalist found a whole new generation of fans through his voice roles on several animated TV series, including as Doctor Octopus on Spider-Man, Justin Hammer on Iron Man, and as King Arthur on The Legend of Prince Valiant. But it was as Bruce Wayne’s droll butler and confidante Alfred Pennyworth on Batman: The Animated Series that he may be best known to IGN readers.

Zimbalist would reprise vocal duties as Alfred on The New Batman Adventures, Justice League, Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero, Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman, Static Shock, Superman, and for the video game Batman: Vengeance.

Via The Hollywood Reporter

Evil genius and future ruler of this puny planet.

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