1918 – He was born the 30th day of November in New York, New York. He is the son of violinist Efrem Zimbalist, Sr.operatic soprano Alma Gluck. and
1940 – He graduated at the Yale University. He had a stage career as both actor and producer. He also appeared in leading and supporting roles in several feature films, including Harlow, Wait Until Dark, and Airport 1975.
1949 – He made his film debut as Richard Conte’s brutish brother in House of Strangers.
1954 – With a recurring role on the TV soap opera Concerning Miss Marlowe, he married East Coast socialite Stephanie Spaulding; the union produced a daughter, also named Stephanie, who grew up to become a popular actress in her own right.
1958 – He achieved full stardom in the role of suave private detective Stuart Bailey on the weekly TV series 77 Sunset Strip that runs until 1964.
1965 – He went on to another popular Warner’s series playing inspector Lew Erskine in the long-running (nine seasons) The FBI.
1989 – He played the father of Zorro in the (then Christian Broadcasting Network’s) Family Channel’s remake "The New Zorro". He relinquished the role after the program’s first season, due to time being spent on location.
1990 – He has on occasion been permitted to display his flair for zany comedy, as witness in his villainous portrayal in the action-flick satire Hot Shots.
1995 – He had a small recurring role in the science fiction TV series Babylon 5 as William Edgars. He also provided the voice of the German-accented Dr. Octopus on the 1990s Spider-Man: The Animated Series and Alfred Pennyworth in Batman: The Animated Series.
2007 – Recently his wife Stephanie Spaulding Zimbalist died of lung cancer on the 4th day of February this year.