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article imageActor Efrem Zimbalist Jr., dead at 95

By Igor I. Solar     May 3, 2014 in Entertainment
Solvang - The actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr., one of the most popular TV stars in the 1960s and 1970s, died Friday at his ranch in Santa Barbara, CA. He was best known for his participation in the TV series "The FBI".
The information was confirmed by Judith Moose, a friend of the family, and corroborated by Efrem Zimbalist III, the son of the actor:
We are heartbroken to announce the passing into peace of our beloved father, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., today at his Solvang, Calif. ranch. He was 95 years old. A devout Christian, he actively enjoyed his life to the last day, showering love on his extended family, playing golf, and visiting with close friends. We will miss him dearly.
The actor died of natural causes at his ranch in Solvang, in Santa Barbara County, California. Relatives explained that Efrem died moments after he had gone in his garden to water the lawn; a worker later found him lying on the ground.
Zimbalist, born in November 1918 in New York, built his success on television in roles of detective. He was first known in the "77 Sunset Strip" series, created in 1958 by writer and producer Roy Huggins. Later on he achieved even bigger success with "The FBI", in which he played Inspector Lewis Erskine. The series premiered on September 19, 1965 and had its last episode on September 8, 1974, with a total of 240 episodes. A consultant of the television production was J. Edgar Hoover, former director of the agency.
The series achieved great impact in the United States. It completed nine seasons and was also broadcast in many countries between 1965 to the 1970s.
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