Multiple Emmy-winner Jeffrey Tambor is the latest actor to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The actor, who won two Emmys for his role as Maura Pfefferman on “Transparent” and is nominated for a third time this year, had his star unveiled in a ceremony on Tuesday.
Tambor was celebrated with speeches by John Lewis, the head of comedy and drama at Amazon Studios which is home to “Transparent”, and Mitchell Hurwitz, the creator of “Arrested Development”.
“I’m next to Humphrey Bogart,” an excited Tambor says, pointing out his Walk Of Fame neighbour while telling the crowd he admired Bogart, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Laughton and Red Skelton while growing up in San Francisco. “I said, ‘Oh, you don’t have to be handsome to be an actor, you just have to be a good actor’. And Mr. Bogart was a huge inspiration.”
Tambor gave a shout out to “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway during his speech, thanking her for giving him “the role and opportunity of my lifetime and the responsibility of a lifetime” and his “dear friend” and former “Larry Sanders Show” co-star, the late Garry Shandling. He spoke about his commitment to using comedy to make a difference in society.
“I made most of my career doing comedy. I believe in comedy. I believe in laughter. I believe in satire because in laughter you expose and I can’t think of a time when we need smart, brilliant comedy than right now. We need to laugh and we need to laugh smart. That is our artistic weapon,” he says.
His star is the second consecutive star honouring an “Arrested Development” cast member. His co-star Jason Bateman received the honour on July 26, which Tambor attended alongside cast-mates Jessica Walter and Will Arnett, and creator Hurwitz.
Tambor’s “Transparent” co-stars Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass and Kathryn Hahn came out to support their fellow co-star, as did a few non-famous faces.
“I have a few students who are here because, oddly, I taught for some years. The irony of this event and the students who are here today, you thought I was teaching you, but you were teaching me. Your lessons are with me and in my back pocket, every single day,” he says.
The 73-year-old actor got his start in the late 1970s with bit parts on TV series including “Kojak”, “Taxi” and “Three’s Company”, later appearing in a recurring roles on “Hill Street Blues” and “Max Headroom”. Tambor also has several movie credits to his name with roles in “The Hangover”, “City Slickers” and “Hellboy”. He received four Emmy nominations for supporting actor for his role as sidekick Hank Kingsley on “The Larry Sanders Show” and another two nominations for his dual role of George Bluth Sr. and his identical twin brother Oscar on “Arrested Development”.