'Transparent' Actor Jeffrey Tambor Grew Up Near Campus Before Attending SF State

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
VULTURE -- Tambor grew up in San Francisco in what he describes as “a traditional Jewish upper-middle-class family.” His father was a pro boxer turned floor contractor and his mother was a housewife. They lived across the street from San Francisco State University, where, as a kid, Tambor would sneak into the auditorium to watch the acting class rehearse. “It was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen,” he says, leaning back in his chair. “I realized whatever that was, art or whatever, was more interesting and better than life. Plus they welcomed me, this 8-year-old kid who had this lisp and was overweight.”