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Star of long-running US TV series, The F.B.I, dies at age 95

Published on May 3, 2014 4:02 PM
 
Efrem Zimbalist Jr, who portrayed the indefatigable Inspector Lewis Erskine on the long-running American television series The F.B.I., died on Friday, May 2, 2014, at the age of 95, according to media reports. -- FILE PHOTO: MEDIAWORKS

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Efrem Zimbalist Jr, who portrayed the indefatigable Inspector Lewis Erskine on the long-running American television series The F.B.I., died on Friday at the age of 95, according to media reports.

Zimbalist died at his home in Solvang, California, Hollywood trade magazine Variety and other media reported.

"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," the reports said, quoting a statement from Zimbalist's actress daughter Stephanie and his son Efrem Zimbalist III.

From the late 1950s to the mid-1970s, Zimbalist was one of the top stars on US television, playing a private detective on the ABC series 77 Sunset Strip from 1958 to 1964 before his stint on The F.B.I. on the same network from 1965 to 1974.

 
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