Alum Jeffrey Tambor Discovered Acting at Age 11 by Visiting SF State

Friday, May 12, 2017
SEATTLE TIMES -- The book tracks Tambor’s troubled upbringing in San Francisco, where, at the age of 11, he found after-school solace sitting in the darkened theatre at neighboring San Francisco State University, watching student actors rehearse. He later enrolled in the same program before getting his Master’s degree at Wayne State University. The book follows Tambor’s training and growth as an actor, beginning with his Broadway debut in the 1976 production of “Sly Fox” opposite George C. Scott and his screen debut in 1979’s “… And Justice for All” opposite Al Pacino. He honed his comedic skills on shows like “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Arrested Development” and “Transparent,” for which he has won a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild award and two Emmys. The book is loaded with anecdotes — some laugh-out-loud funny, some heartbreaking. And if he mentioned someone’s name, Tambor tacked a simple “Hi” on the end for each person. It is a charming touch.