Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Net Worth at Death – Salary, Income, Earnings

Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Net Worth

Efrem Zimbalist Jr. had an estimated net worth of $6 million at death. He was an American actor, best known for his roles in the television series 77 Sunset Strip and The F.B.I. Since he rose to fame, he had earned millions of dollars from his roles in movies and television series. 

Apart from the popular 77 Sunset Strip and The F.B.I., Efrem is also known as the voice behind the character “Dandy Jim Buckley” in the series Maverick, and as Alfred Pennyworth in the animated series Batman: The Animated Series and its spin-offs, which are part of the DC Animated Universe. 

In addition to Doctor Octopus, he also portrayed Justin Hammer in the second season of the 1994 animated series Iron Man and Doctor Octopus in the animated series Spider-Man in the 1990s.

Not only was he dashing, daring, and debonair, but Efrem Zimbalist Jr., who passed away at age ninety-five on May 2, 2014, was also distinguished.

To calculate the net worth of Efrem Zimbalist Jr., subtract all his liabilities from his total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity he has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets.

All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities. 

Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:

Name: Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
Net Worth: $6 Million
Monthly Salary: $50 Thousand
Annual Income: $1 Million
Source of Wealth: Actor

Early Life

Efrem Zimbalist Sr. (1889-1985), a famous Russian violinist, and Alma Gluck (1884-1938), a Romanian operatic soprano, raised Zimbalist in Brooklyn in 1918. He had an older sister, Mary (1915-2008), and a half-sister, Marcia Davenport (1903-1996), from his mother’s first marriage.

Mary Louise Curtis Bok Zimbalist, the founder of the Curtis Institute of Music, was his stepmother. The parents both converted to Anglican Christianity and regularly attended the Episcopal Church. Efrem Jr. attended the Fay School in Southborough.

As a boarding student at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire, Zimbalist participated in school plays. After briefly attending Yale University, he was expelled from the school, readmitted, and expelled a second time for poor grades. In 1936, he moved back to New York City to work as a page for NBC radio, both taking small roles on the air and hosting shows.

During World War II he served in the United States Army, where he became friends with writer and director Garson Kanin.


 He first reached iconic TV status as private detective Stu Bailey on the hit TV series 77 Sunset Strip, then two years later he was cast as Inspector Lewis Erskine on that same network’s weekly crime drama, The FBI.

The father to actress Stephanie Zimbalist (Remington Steele, NBC, 1982– 1987), Efrem had steel blue eyes, an everlasting tan that put George Hamilton to shame, and a generous, spiritual heart. According to media historian Rob Ray, the key word in describing Zimbalist is integrity.

“He was handsome, but not in a particularly noteworthy way, but had an authority that was not overpowering. If Jack Webb was the clichéd caricature of his time, law enforcement officer Efrem Zimbalist Jr. was the real deal. With his ever-present suit and tie, he personified what the FBI stood for, protecting our American Way of Life from those who would abuse it or take it down.”

Although Larry Brody never worked with Zimbalist on either the FBI or Strip shows, as it turns out the legendary scribe watched Sunset when it first aired.

“The show had three alternating detectives, but the only one I wanted to see during those early teen years was Zimbalist. His character was mature, adult, and steady. You knew just looking at him that he could handle everything thrown his way, and that he’d protect you, period. I think he was the most perfect father figure on TV until Patrick Stewart’s Picard took the crown away from him (on the syndicated sci-fi series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, which debuted in 1986).”

It’s hardly surprising that the son of renowned Russian-born concert violinist Efrem Zimbalist Sr. (1889–1985) and Romanian-born opera singer Alma Gluck (1884–1938) would desire a performing career of some kind. According to imdb.com, Zimbalist was born in New York City on November 30, 1918. Surrounded by people of wealth and privilege throughout his childhood, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. received a boarding school education.

Acting in school plays, he later trained briefly at the Yale School of Drama but didn’t apply himself enough and quit. As an NBC network radio page, he auditioned when he could and found minor TV and stock theater parts while joining up with the Neighborhood Playhouse.

Zimbalist was wounded as part of the Army infantry in World War II and received the Purple Heart. After he recovered, a director and friend of the family, Garson Kanin, gave the aspiring actor his first professional role in his Broadway production of The Rugged Path (1945), which starred Spencer Tracy.

With his dark, friendly, clean-scrubbed good looks and a deep, rich voice that could cut butter, Zimbalist found little trouble finding work. He continued with the American Repertory Theatre performing in such classics as Henry VIII and Androcles and the Lion while appearing opposite the legendary Eva Le Gallienne in Hedda Gabler.

Zimbalist then tried his hand as a stage producer, successfully bringing opera to Broadway audiences for the first time with memorable presentations of The Medium and The Telephone. As producer of Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Consul, he won the New York Drama Critics’ Award and the Pulitzer Prize for best musical in 1950.

A subtle motion picture debut opposite Edward G. Robinson in House of Strangers (1949) did little for his career due to the untimely death of his wife Emily (a onetime actress who appeared with him in Hedda Gabler and bore him two children, Nancy and Efrem III) to cancer in 1950.

Abruptly abandoning acting, he served as assistant director/researcher at the Curtis School of Music for his father and buried himself with studies and music composition.

In 1954 Efrem returned to his acting roots with a daytime television soap lead (Concerning Miss Marlowe). It was famed director Joshua Logan who proved instrumental in helping Zimbalist secure a Warner Bros. contract.

Despite forthright second leads in respectable movies like Band of Angels (1957), A Fever in the Blood (1961), and Wait Until Dark (1967), it was television that best utilized his elegant, modest acting style.

His roles as sophisticated private investigator Stu Bailey on 77 Sunset Strip (1958) and the dedicated inspector Lewis Erskine on The FBI (1965) would be his ultimate claims to fame.

In 1991 he satirized his image in the big-screen comedy Hot Shots! In addition to theater projects over the years, Efrem utilized his deep voice with narrations and cartoon voiceovers, including that of Alfred the butler on a Batman animated series.

In 2003 he completed his memoir, titled My Dinner of Herbs. Father of three, grandfather of four, and great-grandfather of three, he settled in Santa Barbara and later in Solvang, California, with longtime second wife Stephanie until her death in 2007 of cancer.

He and daughter Stephanie also performed on stage together in his later years, their first play together being The Night of the Iguana. His eldest daughter Nancy died in 2012.

Zimbalist once said:

If I would characterize my life, I would say that I was a very lucky actor who came into very lucky times, and got to Hollywood, and was put under contract by Warners [Bros. Studios] in the very last days of the studio contract era, and was privileged to go through that time which is gone now. When you learned that you inspired someone, it’s a huge honor.

Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Quotes

Having been kept pretty strict in prep schools, I guess I couldn’t cope with all the freedom at Yale. I had a wild, wonderful time, got abysmal grades and was bounced out in my freshman year. I then came back the following fall as a repeating freshman, lasted until April and got bounced out again – for the same reason.

Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.


If I would characterize my life, I would say that I was a very lucky actor who came into very lucky times, and got to Hollywood, and was put under contract by Warners in the very last days of the studio contract era, and was privileged to go through that time which is gone now.

Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.


I’m a conservative Republican.

Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.


I ended up with my life slanted toward television, and I just accept that. I think you play the hand the way it’s dealt, that’s all.

Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.


I walked onstage in a play at prep school, and with childish naivete, told myself, ‘Wow, I’m an actor!’

Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.


When you learn that you inspired someone, it’s a huge honor.

Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.


I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about myself.

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