Anthony Zerbe in trailer for The Laughing Policeman (1973)
Anthony Jared Zerbe
May 20, 1936
Long Beach, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||Pomona College|
Arnette Jens (m. 1962)
|Children||Jennet Zerbe and Jared Zerbe|
Anthony Jared Zerbe (born May 20, 1936) is an American stage, film and Emmy-winning television actor. Notable film roles include the post-apocalyptic cult leader Matthias in The Omega Man, a 1971 film adaptation of Richard Matheson's 1954 novel, I Am Legend; as a corrupt gambler in Farewell, My Lovely; as Abner Devereaux in Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park; as villain Milton Krest in the James Bond film Licence to Kill; Rosie in The Turning Point; Roger Stuart in The Dead Zone; Admiral Dougherty in Star Trek: Insurrection and Councillor Hamann in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.
Life and career
Zerbe was born in Long Beach, California, the son of Catherine (née Scurlock) and Arthur LeVan Zerbe. He went to Newport Harbor High School. He attended Pomona College in Claremont, California, graduating in 1958. His parents were also alumni of Pomona College.
Zerbe served in the United States Air Force from 1959 to 1961.
Zerbe's interest in acting was kindled by stage productions when he was 17. He studied at the Stella Adler Studio in New York City. On television, he has played guest roles on such series as Naked City, The Virginian, Kung Fu (2 episodes, including the scalp hunter episode), The Big Valley, Route 66, The Wild Wild West, Twelve O'Clock High, Bonanza, Mission: Impossible (5 episodes), Gunsmoke, Hawaii Five-O, Mannix (4 episodes), It Takes a Thief, The Chisholms, Ironside, The F.B.I., The Rookies, The Rockford Files, Dynasty and Columbo, among others. He held a starring role in The Young Riders; and co-starred on Harry O in that series' second and final seasons. Zerbe was also seen as Pontius Pilate in the miniseries A.D. and as General Grant in North and South: Book II. He was also in many episodes of the mini-series Centennial, in 1978. His latest appearance is in the 2013 American black comedy / crime film American Hustle.
Zerbe is the former artistic director of Reflections, A New Plays Festival at the Geva Theatre in Rochester, New York, and has toured the United States, in 1981, with Behind the Broken Words, a performance of contemporary poetry, comedy and dramatic works with fellow actor Roscoe Lee Browne.
In 1976, Zerbe won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Lieutenant K.C. Trench in the private detective series Harry O. In 1981, he played eldest brother Benjamin Hubbard in a Broadway revival of The Little Foxes.
- Cool Hand Luke (1967) – Dog Boy
- Will Penny (1967) – Dutchy
- The Molly Maguires (1970) – Dougherty
- The Liberation of L.B. Jones (1970) – Willie Joe Worth
- They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970) – Rice Weedon
- The Omega Man (1971) – Matthias
- The Hound of the Baskervilles (1972, TV Movie) – Dr. John Mortimer
- The Strange Vengeance of Rosalie (1972) – Fry
- The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972) – Hustler
- Papillon (1973) – Toussaint
- She Lives! (1973, TV Movie) – Dr. W – Toussaint
- The Laughing Policeman (1973) – Steiner
- The Parallax View (1974) – Prof. Nelson Schwartzkopf (uncredited)
- Farewell, My Lovely (1975) – Laird Brunette
- Rooster Cogburn (1975) – Breed
- The Turning Point (1977) – Rosie
- Child of Glass (1978, TV Movie)
- Who'll Stop the Rain (1978) – Antheil
- Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park (1978) – Abner Devereaux
- Attica (1980, TV Movie) – William Kunstler
- The First Deadly Sin (1980) – Captain Broughton
- Soggy Bottom, U.S.A. (1981) – Morgan
- Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1983) – Justin Sepheran
- The Dead Zone (1983) – Roger Stuart
- Off Beat (1986) – Mr. Wareham
- Opposing Force (1986) – Becker
- P.I. Private Investigations (1987) – Charles Bradley, Joey's Father
- Steel Dawn (1987) – Damnil
- Listen to Me (1989) – Senator McKellar
- See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) – Sutherland
- Licence to Kill (1989) – Milton Krest
- Touch (1997) – Father Donahue
- Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) – Admiral Matthew Dougherty
- True Crime (1999) – Henry Lowenstein
- Behind the Broken Words (2003)
- The Matrix Reloaded (2003) – Councillor Hamann
- The Matrix Revolutions (2003) – Councillor Hamann
- Veritas, Prince of Truth (2007) – Porterfield
- American Hustle (2013) – Senator Horton Mitchell
- Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks (2014) – Mr. Crumwald
- The Investigation (2016) – Ash
- Naked City (TV series) (1963) – Phil Karshow
- The Big Valley (TV series) (1965) - S1 Ep 13 - The Curse of Matt Bentall
- The Wild Wild West (1967) – Deke Montgomery
- The Virginian (1968) – Jake Powell
- Gunsmoke (3 episodes, 1968–1973) – Talbot / Heraclio Cantrell and Father Hernando Cantrell / Nick Skouras
- Mission: Impossible: The Photographer (1967) – David Redding
- Mission: Impossible: Live Bait (1969) – Colonel Helmut Kellerman
- Mission: Impossible: The Amnesiac (1969) – Col. Alex Vorda
- Bonanza: A Ride in the Sun (1969) – John Spain
- Mannix: Death in a Minor Key (1969) – Chief Walt Finley
- Mission: Impossible: The Amateur (1970) – Eric Schilling
- Mission: Impossible: The Connection (1971) – Reece Dolan
- Mannix: Cry Silence (1972) – James Conway
- Cannon (1972, 1973) – three episodes
- The Streets of San Francisco (1973) – Eddie Whitney
- Kung Fu (1973 and 1974) – Rafe / Paul Klempt
- Hawaii Five-O (1974) S6/Ep22 – Cord McKenzie in "Mother's Deadly Helper"
- Harry O (1975–1976) Season 1 (after episode 14), Season 2 – Lt. KC Trench, 30 total episodes
- Once an Eagle (1976) – Dave Shifkin
- How the West Was Won (1976–1977) – Martin Grey / Provost Marshal Captain Martin Grey
- The Red Hand Gang (1977)
- The Rockford Files: The Gang at Don's Drive-In (1978) – Jack Skowron
- Centennial (1978) – Mervin Wendell
- George Washington (1984) – General St. Pierre
- A.D. (miniseries) (1985) – Pontius Pilate
- Dream West (1986) – Bill Williams
- One Police Plaza (1986)
- North and South, Book II (1986) – Gen. Ulysses S. Grant
- The Equalizer: Memories of Manon (1987) – Phillipe Marcel
- Baja Oklahoma (1988) – Ole Jeemy Williams
- Onassis: The Richest Man in the World (1988) – Livanos
- Columbo: Columbo Goes to the Guillotine (1989) – Max Dyson
- The Young Riders (1989–1992) – Teaspoon Hunter
- Murder, She Wrote: Murder of the Month Club (1994) – Matt Matthews
- Walker Texas Ranger: Break In (1996) – Joey Galloway
- Asteroid (1997) – Dr. Charles Napier
- Judging Amy: Accountability (2004) – Judge Henry Sobel
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