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Anthony Zerbe (1936)

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Anthony Jared Zerbe 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; Milton Krest in the 1989 James Bond film Licence to Kill; and Rosie in The Turning Point.


 life and career
Zerbe was born in Long Beach, California, the son of Catherine (née Scurlock; Pomona College '30) and Arthur Lee Van Zerbe (Pomona College '29). Zerbe attended Pomona College, Claremont, CA, graduating in 1958, and served in the United States Air Force from 1959 to 1961. Zerbe studied at the Stella Adler Studio in New York City.

In television he has played numerous guest roles in TV series including Naked City, The Virginian, The Big Valley, Route 66, The Wild Wild West, Twelve O'Clock High, Bonanza, Mission: Impossible, Gunsmoke, Hawaii Five-O, Mannix, It Takes a Thief, The Chisholms, Ironside, Cannon, Columbo, The Rookies, The Streets of San Francisco, The Rockford Files, The Equalizer, Kung Fu, Little House on the Prairie, Dynasty, Highway to Heaven, Murder, She Wrote and Frasier. He held a starring role in The Young Riders and co-starred on Harry O in that series' second and final season. Zerbe is also famous for having played in over a dozen roles in which his character exploded.

He is the former artistic director of Reflections, A New Plays Festival at the Geva Theatre in Rochester, New York, which is currently touring the United States in Behind the Broken Words, a performance of contemporary poetry, comedy and dramatic works with fellow actor Roscoe Lee Browne. Zerbe also continues to perform in a project, Prelude to Lime Creek, with poet and lyricist Joe Henry.

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 Ben in a Broadway revival of The Little Foxes, which starred Elizabeth Taylor as Regina Giddens.

 personal life
He married actress Arnette Jens, sister of actress Salome Jens on October 7, 1962.

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