Anthony Zerbe

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Date of Birth 20 May 1936, Long Beach, California, USA Birth Name Anthony Jared Zerbe Nickname Bug (in high school) Height 5' 10" (1.78 m) Mini Biography Hailing from Long Beach, California, talented character actor Anthony Zerbe has kept busy in Hollywood and on stage since the late 1960s, often playing villainous or untrustworthy characters, with his narrow gaze and unsettling smirk. Zerbe was born May 20, 1936 in Long Beach, and served a stint in the United States Air Force before heading off to New York to study drama under noted acting coach Stella Adler. He made his screen debut as Dutchie, one of Charlton Heston's fellow cowhands in the western Will Penny (1968), played a miner in The Molly Maguires (1970), was a post-apocalyptic, lunatic messiah in The Omega Man (1971), hustled a naive Paul Newman in The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972), played a leper colony leader in Papillon (1973) and a former lawman gone bad in Rooster Cogburn (1975). Zerbe also starred alongside David Janssen in the television series "Harry O" (1973) as the urbane, nattily dressed Lieutenant K.C. Trench, Janssen's sometime nemesis, for which he picked up an Emmy Award. Definitely in strong demand for sinister roles, Zerbe played a crazed scientist in the corny KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park (1978) (TV), was an arrogant father in The Dead Zone (1983), made a great General Ulysses S. Grant in "North and South, Book II" (1986), starred in the military drama Opposing Force (1986) and suffered a grisly demise in an airlock full of money in the James Bond thriller Licence to Kill (1989). Most recently, Zerbe has been seen as Councillor Hamann in The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003). In addition to his extensive television and film appearances, Zerbe has appeared in Broadway productions including "The Little Foxes", "Terra Nova" and "Solomon's Child". He was in residence for five summer seasons at The Old Globe Theatre playing several key Shakespearean characters to strong critical acclaim. He has also held residencies at the Theatre of the Living Arts in Philadelphia, the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston. In 2003, he toured across several states with Roscoe Lee Browne in their production of "Behind the Broken Words", a performance of 20th-century poetry, comedy and drama. Spouse Arnette Jens (7 October 1962 - present) Trade Mark Often plays sinister villains or untrustworthy characters Trivia Is a graduate of the Erhard Seminars Training. Attended Pomona College and Newport Harbor High School (other attendees include Paul Le Mat and Frank Marshall). Was inspired to become an actor after seeing Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in the play "Picnic" on Broadway. Went to college with Kris Kristofferson. Does regular two-month tours with Roscoe Lee Browne, reading lyric and dramatic verse in a production entitled "Behind the Broken World". Regularly performs a continuing project of poet and lyricist Joe Henry, entitled "Prelude to Lime Creek", which he has adapted for the stage. Personal Quotes I think one year I was responsible for 163 screen deaths. That was a pretty good year for me, although it seems better than it actually was at a glance; 72 of those deaths were accounted for in one show. I've never really been serious about my villainy. I don't have a master plan. I suppose my philosophy is: Every villain has a mother. For every cold-blooded killer on your screen, there's a little old lady somewhere who calls him 'sonny.' Where Are They Now (1996) Does regular two-month tours with Roscoe Lee Browne, reading lyric and dramatic verse in a production entitled "Behind the Broken Words". (2000) Zerbe regularly performs a continuing project of poet and lyricist Joe Henry, entitled "Prelude to Lime Creek", which he has adapted for the stage.

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Birth Name

Anthony Jared Zerbe

Birth Place

Long Beach, California, USA

Birth Date

5/20/1936
Known For
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The Omega Man

Matthias

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Rooster Cogburn

Breed

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Steel Dawn

Damnil

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Opposing Force

Becker

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The Liberation of L.B. Jones

Willie Joe Worth

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Der Hund von Baskerville

Dr. John Mortimer

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The Strange Vengeance of Rosalie

Fry

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Kiss Meets The Phantom Of the Park

Abner Devereaux

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The Laughing Policeman

Lt. Nat Steiner SFPD

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The Molly Maguires

Tom Dougherty

Starring In
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Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks

Mr. Crumwald

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American Hustle

Senator Horton Mitchell

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Veritas, Prince of Truth

Porterfield

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Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde

Himself

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Die Burly Man Chroniken

Himself

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The Matrix Revolutions

Councillor Hamann

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The Matrix Reloaded

Councillor Hamann

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True Crime

Henry Lowenstein

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Total Recall 2070

Tyler Hume (2 episodes, 1999)

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Star Trek: Insurrection

Dougherty

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Asteroid

Dr. Charles Napier

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Touch

Father Donahue

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Jack Reed: Death and Vengeance

Sanford 'Sandy' Miller

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Licence to Kill

Milton Krest

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See No Evil, Hear No Evil

Sutherland

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Listen to Me

Senator McKellar

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Steel Dawn

Damnil

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Off Beat

Mr. Wareham

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Opposing Force

Becker

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The Dead Zone

Roger Stuart

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Soggy Bottom U.S.A.

Morgan

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Attica

William Kunstler

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The First Deadly Sin

Captain Broughton

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Kiss Meets The Phantom Of the Park

Abner Devereaux

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The Turning Point

Rosie

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Rooster Cogburn

Breed

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Farewell, My Lovely

Brunette

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The Parallax View

Prof. Nelson Schwartzkopf (uncredited)

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The Laughing Policeman

Lt. Nat Steiner SFPD

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Papillon

Toussaint

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Der Hund von Baskerville

Dr. John Mortimer

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The Strange Vengeance of Rosalie

Fry

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The Omega Man

Matthias

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The Molly Maguires

Tom Dougherty

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They Call Me Mr Tibbs!

Rice Weedon

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The Liberation of L.B. Jones

Willie Joe Worth

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Will Penny

Dutchy

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Cool Hand Luke

Dog Boy

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