by Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Efrem Zimbalist Jr., the elegant actor with the mellifluous baritone who costarred as the suave private eye Stuart Bailey on TV’s “77 Sunset Strip” beginning in the late 1950s and later starred as the buttoned-down Inspector Lewis Erskine on “The F.B.I.,” died Friday at his home in Solvang. He was 95.
Zimbalist, the father of actress Stephanie Zimbalist, died of natural causes, according to his daughter and his son, Efrem Zimbalist III.
The handsome, dark-haired son of prominent concert violinist Efrem Zimbalist Sr. and acclaimed soprano Alma Gluck, Zimbalist made his debut on Broadway shortly after World War II.
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