Anthony Zerbe

Anthony Jared Zerbe (born May 20, 1936) 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; as a corrupt gambler in Farewell, My Lovely; as Abner Devereaux in Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park; as villain Milton Krest in the James Bond film Licence to Kill; Rosie in The Turning Point; Roger Stuart in The Dead Zone; Admiral Dougherty in Star Trek: Insurrection and Councillor Hamann in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.[1]

Anthony Zerbe
Anthony Zerbe in trailer for The Laughing Policeman (1973)
Anthony Jared Zerbe

(1936-05-20) May 20, 1936
Alma materPomona College
Years active1963–present
Arnette Jens (m. 1962)
ChildrenJennet Zerbe and Jared Zerbe

Life and career

Zerbe was born in Long Beach, California, the son of Catherine (née Scurlock) and Arthur LeVan Zerbe.[2] He went to Newport Harbor High School. He attended Pomona College in Claremont, California, graduating in 1958. His parents were also alumni of Pomona College.[3]

Zerbe served in the United States Air Force from 1959 to 1961.

Zerbe's interest in acting was kindled by stage productions when he was 17.[4] He studied at the Stella Adler Studio in New York City. On television, he has played guest roles on such series as Naked City, The Virginian, Kung Fu (2 episodes, including the scalp hunter episode[5]), The Big Valley, Route 66, The Wild Wild West, Twelve O'Clock High, Bonanza, Mission: Impossible (5 episodes), Gunsmoke, Hawaii Five-O, Mannix (4 episodes), It Takes a Thief, The Chisholms, Ironside, The F.B.I., The Rookies, The Rockford Files, Dynasty and Columbo, among others. He held a starring role in The Young Riders; and co-starred on Harry O in that series' second and final seasons. Zerbe was also seen as Pontius Pilate in the miniseries A.D. and as General Grant in North and South: Book II. He was also in many episodes of the mini-series Centennial, in 1978. His latest appearance is in the 2013 American black comedy / crime film American Hustle.[1]

Zerbe is the former artistic director of Reflections, A New Plays Festival at the Geva Theatre in Rochester, New York, and has toured the United States, in 1981, with Behind the Broken Words, a performance of contemporary poetry, comedy and dramatic works with fellow actor Roscoe Lee Browne.[6]

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.[7] In 1981, he played eldest brother Benjamin Hubbard in a Broadway revival of The Little Foxes.[8]

Personal life

Zerbe has been married to Arnette Jens (sister of actress Salome Jens), since October 7, 1962; the couple have two children.[1]

Selected filmography



  1. Anthony Zerbe on IMDb
  2. Anthony Zerbe profile,; accessed October 25, 2015.
  3. Pomona College Alumni Directory, 2000, p. 278.
  4. "Zerbe ..." The Kokomo Tribune. Indiana, Kokomo. February 2, 1998. p. 2. Retrieved June 25, 2017 via
  6. Gussow, Mel (1981-12-11). "Stage - 'Broken Words,' Verse In Performance". Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  7. "("Anthony Zerbe" search results)". EMMYS. Television Academy. Archived from the original on 26 June 2017. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  8. "Supporting Cast Named For 'The Little Foxes'". 1981-01-22. Retrieved 2017-05-29.
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