Thursday, April 30, 2015

Z is for Zimbalist



Z is for Zimbalist, as in Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.  He was the good guy, always on the side of law, suave yet manly.  “Dapper, leading man” was the way Hollywood described him.

He was best known for his role in “The F.B.I.” series.  He inspired so many kids that they pursued a career in the F.B.I.  In 2009 the FBI director Robert Mueller presented an honorary Special Agent badge to Zimbalist.

He was a private celebrity who valued his family and living his life as a devout Christian. He died in May of 2014 at the age of 95.

b. 1918-- d. 2014
BUT think about it for a moment: he was an actor who was always working, never took roles below his quality requirements: he represented someone that kids admired; he placed family above everything; he lived a Christian life in the atmosphere of a rough Hollywood; his children succeeded in life, and they loved him.

How many men can claim that?

I am aware that many younger bloggers may not know of Zimbalist and his career.  Try to find an episode on Hulu or Amazon Prime.

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    1. His voice was awesome! A talented man.

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  2. Not your typical Hollywood story is it?

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    1. No, it certainly was not, in the 50s or any given decade.

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  3. Not many, especially from Hollywood. Good for him!

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    1. It must have taken real courage to stand up for his beliefs.

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  4. I remember that series. Yes, he was a fine actor and apparently and good man too!

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    1. Glad that you recognize him, and his strong values.

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  5. Its the first I'd ever heard of him which is surprising considering his unique name.

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    1. That is a surprise. Hope you can access one of the episodes.

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  6. Private celebrity are two words that usually don't go together

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  7. That's awesome that he lived up to his own high quality standards despite the majority of those around him likely not doing the same.

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  8. He sounds like an inspirational guy. Congrats on finishing the challenge! :-)

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    1. Thanks! And congrats to you as well!

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  9. I've heard of him, but I don't think I've ever seen anything he was in.

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  10. I remember him well, my dad and I used to watch those shows.
    A true role model.
    I bet he never got too big for his boots and trashed hotel rooms.

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    1. His talents and morals still impress me.

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  11. I remember seeing him on TBN clips quoting inspiring scriptures.

    And thanks for your faithfulness to post every day during A to Z!

    Stephen Tremp
    A to Z Co-host
    Z is for Zombie

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    1. His voice reading scriptures must have been a blessing to all who saw and heard him.

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  12. I too remember him very well but I hadn't heard much about him in recent years. He was a good man and as the old saying goes, they are hard to find.
    High-five on a sparkling April month.

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    1. . and to you, as well! Glad you remember him!

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  13. It's always good to hear of a happy ending in Hollywood. Congratulations on completing the A-to-Z!

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    1. There needs to be more like him in any environment. And congratulations to you as well.

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  14. I have been gone to Chicago until today. Good to be back and read comments!

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