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Net Worth:
$5 Million
Nov 30, 1918 - May 2, 2014 (95 years old)
New York City
United States of America
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Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. was an American actor who had a net worth of $5 million at the time of his death. Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. died on May 2, 2014 at the age of 95.

Known for his distinctive voice and striking screen presence, his career spanned over six decades and was marked by an abundance of roles across stage, television, and film. Zimbalist reached his career pinnacle with two iconic television series, "77 Sunset Strip" and "The F.B.I.," which have solidified his place in the annals of American television history. His performances were characterized by elegance, poise, and a remarkable ability to connect with his audience.

Zimbalist won a Golden Globe Award in 1959 for Most Promising Newcomer – Male. He was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994.

Early Life

Efrem Zimbalist Jr. was born on November 30, 1918, in New York City. His parents were world-renowned violinist Efrem Zimbalist Sr. and acclaimed opera singer Alma Gluck. His life was steeped in arts and culture from a young age, influencing his future career. Despite the early exposure to music, Zimbalist was drawn more to the stage and screen than the concert hall.

He attended Yale University and worked as a page for NBC radio. Efrem served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was awarded with a Purple Heart for receiving a leg wound in the battle of Hurtgen Forest.

Career Beginnings

Zimbalist began his acting career on stage, performing in various productions across the country. He made his Broadway debut in 1945 in "The Rugged Path," starring Spencer Tracy. However, his career was interrupted when he enlisted in the United States Army during World War II. Post-war, he continued his stage work and transitioned into television during the 1950s, landing a role in the daytime soap opera "Concerning Miss Marlowe."


The late 1950s marked a turning point in Zimbalist's career. He secured the role of private detective Stuart Bailey in the television series "77 Sunset Strip," which ran from 1958 to 1964. The show became immensely popular, propelling Zimbalist into the spotlight. He later starred in "The F.B.I." from 1965 to 1974, embodying the character of Inspector Lewis Erskine. His performance in this series gained him widespread recognition and he became synonymous with his character's dedication and integrity. Zimbalist also had notable roles in animated series, lending his distinctive voice to characters in "Spider-Man" and "Batman: The Animated Series."

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Personal Life

Efrem Zimbalist Jr. was married twice. His first marriage was to Emily Munroe McNair, with whom he had a son, Efrem Zimbalist III, and a daughter, actress Stephanie Zimbalist. Sadly, Emily passed away from cancer in 1950. Zimbalist later married Loranda Stephanie Spalding in 1956, with whom he had a daughter, Nancy. Zimbalist was deeply religious, his Christian faith playing a significant role in his personal life.


Efrem Zimbalist Jr. passed away on May 2, 2014, at his ranch in Solvang, California. His death was marked by tributes from fans and fellow actors alike, acknowledging his indelible impact on American television.

Real Estate

In March 1995 Efrem sold the home he had lived in for 37 years in Encino, California, for $2.65 million. That's the same as around $5.3 million in today's dollars. Upon selling that home he paid $540,000 for a 5-acre ranch property in Solvang, California.

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