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R.I.P., Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.

Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., an American actor whose work spanned more than 6 decades, died yesterday at the age of 95. Many readers may remember him for his work on the action television shows 77 Sunset Strip (1958-1964) and The F.B.I. (1965-1974).

But geeks may remember him best as the voice of Alfred Pennyworth, Batman's guardian and friend, on Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1998). Later, he played the villain William Edgars on Babylon 5 (1994-1998).


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Here he is in a classic scene from the Babylon 5 episode "The Exercise of Vital Powers."

Zimbalist played many roles during his life. But his most important were that of husband and father, for which he will be greatly missed:

"We are heartbroken to announce the passing into peace of our beloved father, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., today at his Solvang ranch," the actor's daughter Stephanie Zimbalist and son Efrem Zimbalist III said in a statement. "He actively enjoyed his life to the last day, showering love on his extended family, playing golf and visiting with close friends."

-via Glenn Reynolds | Images: Warner Bros., TNT


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