Arthur's longtime therapist, Stephen Schmidt, is a bit eccentric and employs some unorthodox methods but remains a well-respected psychoanalyst. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Oxford and is often asked to appear as a guest lecturer. Arthur has been going to see Stephen on a weekly basis since the age of 7. Unfortunately, he doesn't seem to have made much progress in all those years. Arthur sees his therapist more as a close uncle than an analyst.
Jeffrey Tambor has earned deep respect (and multiple Emmy Award nominations) for being one of the most versatile and accomplished character actors in film and television. Tambor's unforgettable roles on such popular programs as The Larry Sanders Show and Arrested Development reveal his unique comedic gifts, while his roles in films such as ...And Justice for All and Meet Joe Black display the depth of his dramatic sensibilities.
Tambor attended San Francisco State University where he received a B.A. degree in drama, in 1965. He then went to Wayne State University, earning an M.F.A. in 1969. He was studying for his Ph.D. when he left in 1970 for a role in Richard II with Richard Chamberlain at the Seattle Repertory Theatre.
The actor made his Broadway debut in the comedy Sly Fox, appearing opposite George C. Scott and directed by Arthur Penn. He appeared in a production of Measure for Measure that same year. Tambor has remained active in theater, directing Lanford Wilson's Burn This at the Skylight Theatre, in Los Angeles, and acting and directing at many regional theater companies.
From 1992 to 1998, Tambor had one of television's most memorable roles as Hank Kingsley, the self-centered sidekick to talk-show host Larry Sanders on HBO's critically acclaimed Larry Sanders Show. He went on to star for three seasons (2003-2006) in the hilarious Emmy Award-winning Fox sitcom Arrested Development, as twin brothers George Bluth Sr. and Oscar Bluth.
A seasoned performer, Tambor's credits also include appearances on such classic shows as Taxi, Barney Miller, Starsky and Hutch, Kojak, L.A. Law, M*A*S*H, Hill Street Blues, and Three's Company. He has appeared in the two Hellboy films, as well as The Hangover, There's Something About Mary, City Slickers, Miss Congeniality, Doctor Dolittle, and Pollock.
In 2005, he returned to Broadway as George Aaronow in David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross, which won a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. He will be seen in the new NBC comedy series Bent and the untitled Phil Spector biopic for HBO.
Tambor lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Kasia, and their four children. He has been accorded numerous honors for his professional work, including six Emmy nominations and two Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as being nominated for a Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Comedy Series.