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Jeffrey Tambor

Award-Winning Actor 'Arrested Development' & 'The Hangover'


A veteran of film, television, and the Broadway stage, Jeffrey Tambor is one of the most iconic and respected character actors of his generation. As a man of many talents, Tambor is highly creative, using his overwhelming love for life and the lessons learned along the way as sparks of inspiration for his keynotes. He speaks from the heart, sharing his personal truths as a way to inspire audiences young and old to embrace human connectivity.

Most people know of Tambor’s versatile and accomplished acting accolades in film and television. These include his unforgettable roles in the popular programs The Larry Sanders Show and Arrested Development, as well as in the films And Justice for All and Meet Joe Black. Most recently, he has received critical acclaim for his role as transgender senior citizen "Maura Pfefferman" in the new Amazon Prime hit series Transparent. These roles and many others display his innate, unique acting gifts. Tambor has also received numerous honors for his professional work, including six Emmy nominations and two Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well a Television Critics Association Award nomination for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Comedy Series. However, his greatest honors have since come in his own personal life, which he willingly shares with his audiences.

Tambor attended San Francisco State University, where he received a BA degree in drama in 1965. He then went to Wayne State University earning an MA in 1969. Although he moved on to acting before receiving his PhD, he developed a deep connection with academia and vowed to never forget his roots. What many people do not know is that in addition to co-owning Skylight Books, Tambor taught at his Alma Mater and has been a teacher for over forty years, educating all groups of people from actors to corporations to animators from Dreamworks and others. He passionately empowers his students through lessons they cannot gather from their textbooks. As a down to earth and personable educator, he uses his life experiences, both dark and entertaining, to advise others to face their fears.

Tambor’s presentations are models after himself: larger than life. He brings audiences across the country a new kind of lecture, one they have never seen before. They are interactive, humorous, real, and most importantly, relatable. He has the ability unlike any other speaker to share anecdotes from his decades in front of the camera, inspire businesses to find creative solutions and strategies, delve into his family’s struggle with mental health issues, reflect on his role as a father of four young children, and offer wisdom learned from his Jewish upbringing.

Incorporating themes of creativity, authenticity, and self-awareness into his speeches, Tambor boldly crafts customized and empowering messages for each audience he addresses. As a gifted storyteller, his honesty captivates the audience, giving them a sense of meaning in their own lives by reconnecting them with their hopes and dreams. Tambor’s presentations will no doubt inspire and forever resonate with all who have the opportunity and honor to listen to his words, making them cry with laughter and sometimes, reflection.


An Evening with Jeffrey Tambor: An Entertaining, Hilarious, Empowering Lecture

Jeffrey Tambor's hilarious and inspiring presentation, Performing Your Life, motivates viewers to discover the artists within themselves. Part one-man show, part seminar, part question-and-answer session and endlessly entertaining, Tambor's empowering lessons are catalysts for change, promoting introspection amongst audience members. His career as a Master Teacher of actors has given him insight into human behavior that translates into helping all people:

“I’ve been struggling through some difficult decisions. Went to Jeffrey Tambor’s speech and came out strong and determined!”

“Jeffrey Tambor basically made me cry and might have changed my life. Amazing way to end my time at NEU and start my life!”

“Jeffrey’s workshop has been a magical experience for so many SXSW guests. His frank approach is as enlightening as it is entertaining. The feedback we’ve received includes numerous accounts of changed lives and rekindled dreams.”

He draws from his own experiences within his long career to advise his audience. Tambor's captivating and customizable lecture is a performance in itself as he helps audience members realize and dismiss some of their great fears that hold them back from their potential.

An Hour with Jeffrey Tambor: Performing Your Life in the Classroom

You know Jeffrey Tambor as an award-winning actor and star of Arrested Development. A veteran of film, television and the Broadway stage, Tambor is one of the most iconic and respected character actors of his generation. However, he is also an educator, with 40 years of experience. As a teacher, father, husband — and first, foremost and always — a student, he is inspired to cultivate a passion for learning and creativity in all of his audiences.

In this hilarious and inspiring presentation, Tambor's empowering lessons are catalysts for change, promoting introspection amongst audience members. Part one-man show, part seminar, part question-and-answer session and endlessly entertaining, he shares examples from his own life, encouraging teachers to look beyond their curriculums and offer lessons from their own truths. This down to earth conversation is about using life experiences to advise others to face their fears and discover their fullest potential.

"The closing keynote by Jeffrey Tambor at SXSWedu was without a doubt the most moving and elevating speech I have ever heard at any conference. His love letter to teachers - told through the stories of his own life, his humor and his solo "bravo" applause for teachers - was remarkable."

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