While some actors are loved for their portrayal of a main character in a movie, others gather their fan base while being typecast as a villain. One of them is Anthony Zerbe, a well-known antagonist from a number of famous movies and series. Who is Anthony Zerbe? What happened to his eye?
Early life and education
Anthony Jared Zerbe was born on May 20, 1936 in Long Beach, California, USA, to Arthur LeVan Zerbe and Catherine Schurlock. He attended Newport Harbor High School in Newport Beach, California, and after matriculation moved to Clairemont, California, where he attended Pomona College, the same college his parents attended, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1958.
When he was 17, he became interested in stage productions; he say what inspired him to make acting his life’s calling was seeing Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman perform on Broadway, in a play entitled “Picnic”. Zerbe was one of several old school actors who attended Stella Adler’s drama school in New York City, but in 1958 Zerbe enlisted in the California Air National Guard and in 1960 was transferred to the Air Force Reserve. He did not serve on active duty and was discharged in 1968.
Zerbe started his television acting career by guest starring in a number of series including ‘The Virginian’, ‘The Wild Wild West’, ‘Twelve O’Clock High’ and ‘Bonanza’.
He also had cameos in “Gunsmoke”, “Hawaii Five-O”, “The FBI”, “The Rockford Files”, “Columbo” and “Dynasty”, among others. He also appeared in four episodes of the “Mannix” series, as well as two episodes of “Kung Fu” and four episodes of “Mission: Impossible”.
Some of Zerbe’s starring roles include “The Young Riders,” his appearances in the second and final season of “Harry O”—for which Zerbe earned an Emmy Award in 1976, in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. – his portrayal of Pontius Pilate in “AD,” the six-part miniseries depicting the story of “Act of the Apostles,” and his performance in “North and South: Book III,” playing General Grant.
Zerbe also appeared in several episodes of “Centennial”, the NBC miniseries that aired in 1978. One of Zerbe’s most famous roles was his portrayal of Milton Krest, a secondary villain in 1989’s “James Bond: License to Kill”. Zerbe’s prominent villainous role was his appearance in one of the most popular science fiction series “Star Trek”, as the character of Admiral Matthew Dougherty in the 1998 episode entitled “Star Trek: Insurrection”.
Zerbe remained a household name for many years and was active until 2016. Some of his later roles include his appearances in “True Crime” portraying Henry Lowenstein, guest star Tyler Hume in the TV series “Total Recall 2070”, “The Matrix Reloaded ‘ and ‘The Matrix Revolutions’ as Alderman Hamann, as well as in the video game ‘Enter the Matrix’, where he voices the same character.
He also played Judge Henry Sobel in “Judging Amy”, a family drama series, and appeared in “Veritas, Prince of Truth”, “American Hustle”, and “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks”. His last appearance was in Stuart Cooper’s thriller titled “The Investigation” in which he was the only credited actor. Zerbe is rumored to appear in another Stuart Cooper film, a Western set in 1861 under the working name “The Express”. As of March 2020, there is no movie release date, Zerbe will play the character named Major Egan.
Other career endeavors
In addition to his television appearances, Zerbe has also been a part of many Broadway productions, such as ‘Terra Nova’, ‘Solomon’s Child’, ‘Moon Besieged’ and ‘The Little Foxes’.
For five seasons he was a resident at The Old Globe Theatre, playing a number of Shakespearean lead characters, and received widespread critical acclaim. Other theaters where he resided included the Theater of the Living Arts in Philadelphia, The Huntington Theater Company in Boston, as well as the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.
Besides acting, Zerbe also has a prominent career as an artistic director. In fact, he was the artistic director of the “Reflections, a New Plays” festival held at the Geva Theater in Rochester, New York. Together with Roscoe Lee Browne, his fellow actor, he toured the US for more than 30 years producing “Behind the Broken Words”, a collection of comedy, 20ecentury poetry and drama.
The performance premiered at the Mark Taper Forum and was played off-Broadway and in over 200 theaters across the US. Zorbe also had a one-man show titled “It’s All Done With Mirrors”, which he performed at over 100 venues, the most important of which was at the Library of Congress. In 2000, Zerbe teamed up with Joe Henry, a writer, lyricist, and poet from Colorado, to adapt their mutual and ongoing project titled “Prelude to Lime Creek” for the stage.
On 7e In October 1962, Zerbe married Arnette Jens, fellow actress and sister of Salome Jens.
Arnette landed roles in movies like ‘The Balcony’ and ‘Cloud Dancer’ and retired from acting in 1980. The couple has two children together named Janet Zerbe and Jared Lee Van Zerbe. However, in 2016, a rumor arose about a divorce of Zerbe and Arnette have denied it and Zerbe even stated that Arnette has always been a “supportive woman”. As of March 2020, they have been married for over 55 years, which is one of the longest-running marriages in Hollywood. One of the couple’s last public sightings was in 2016 on the 25the Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, held at the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara, California. The couple appeared at the American Riviera Award ceremony, along with screenwriter Pamela Gray.
Zerbe has been a prominent face on both television and movies for over 50 years. He has earned a pretty penny from his acting career, and his net worth is estimated around $3 million as of early 2020.
Zerbe is best identified by his distinctive eyebrows, grin, and unequally sized brown eyes. Despite many gossip and questions, Zerbe’s eyes aren’t the result of any injury – he just has a condition called lazy eyelid!
He is a man of average build, 5 feet 8 inches tall, but his weight is not disclosed. He also has a deep, commanding voice that has made him perfect for portraying sinister villains.