Jeffrey Tambor: A Selfless Virtuoso

On Sunday, at the age of 72, Jeffrey Tambor won his second consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. With the third season of Amazon's masterly Transparent released this Friday, now feels like a decent time to look back on the career of a unique performer who has stolen the most inventive comedies of three consecutive decades: The Larry Sanders Show in the 1990s, Arrested Development in the 2000s, and now Transparent, the most progressive twist yet on the family sitcom. After supporting roles on stage (opposite the likes of George C. Scott and Al Pacino) and screen (including Kojak, M*A*S*H and Hill Street Blues), the year he turned fifty Tambor landed the part of chatshow sidekick Hank Kingsley in The Larry Sanders Show, the most darkly intelligent American sitcom ever (about which I've raved on here before).

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