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Crown Archetype Acquires Beloved Emmy and Golden Globe Award-Winning Actor Jeffrey Tambor

ARE YOU ANYBODY Set for Spring 2017 Publication

  • Imprint: Crown Archetype
Contact: Tammy Blake

 Creator of such iconic characters as Hank Kingsley (The Larry Sanders Show), George Bluth (Arrested Development) and Maura Pfefferman (Transparent)


(April 14, 2016, New York, NY) Crown Archetype, an imprint of Penguin Random House’s Crown Publishing Group, announced today that it will publish a memoir by award-winning actor Jeffrey Tambor.  Scheduled for a Spring 2017 publication, Are You Anybody will be released simultaneously in the United States and Canada in print and digital formats. Crown Archetype Vice President and Editorial Director Tricia Boczkowski acquired North American, electronic book, and first-serial rights from Joseph Veltre at the Gersh Agency and will edit the book.


In this funny and inspiring collection of autobiographical essays, Tambor , one of  the most versatile and accomplished character actors in film and television today, will discuss his creative process and how he drew on the lessons he learned from his own life to create some of his most unforgettable comedic roles on television’s most popular and critically acclaimed television series:  HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show, Fox Television’s Arrested Development and Amazon’s Golden Globe Award-winning Transparent.


Beginning with his childhood in which he describes himself as a fat kid with a lisp in a Hungarian-Jewish family with a father whose motto was “Don’t celebrate, they’ll take it away from you.”, Tambor will share introspective, humorous stories of his career, the great colleagues he’s worked with, the pain and exhilaration of auditions, the fear of success, and his own personal struggles and attempts to connect with audiences.


Said Tambor, “Books and theater saved me. I am thrilled to be publishing my first book with Crown. I look forward to sharing the stories and lessons from my life that have shaped the characters I’ve played, and how those characters have helped shape me. Some stories will be awkward, others inspiring, some dark, most funny, and all will, I think, be hopeful and instructive.”


Said Boczkowski, “Jeffrey is one of the most gifted storytellers of our time. The stories he’s told through Hank Kingsley, George Bluth, and Maura Pfefferman are a testament to his gift for empathy, vulnerability, and observation. Now he turns a gimlet eye on his own life in a book that reads like an intimate conversation over dinner with a beloved friend and teacher.”


Tambor has appeared in numerous films and has been awarded numerous honors for his professional work, including an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as recently being awarded a Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Comedy Series. Tambor can currently be seen in the Golden Globe- winning Amazon show Transparent, for which he was awarded an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of Maura, who spent her life as Mort, the Pfefferman family patriarch.   While most celebrated for his work in television and movies, Tambor’s lesser-known role as a long-time teacher and popular motivational speaker has been one of his most fulfilling. Tambor is represented by the Gersh Agency, manager Joannie Burstein, and the American Program Bureau, the agency that has managed his speaking career since the beginning.


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