Few actors in recent memory have put themselves out there as brazenly, not to say bravely, as Jeffrey Tambor. Over the course of three ground-breaking television series — HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show, Fox Television’s Arrested Development and Amazon’s Golden Globe Award-winning Transparent — Tambor has defied any attempts to pigeonhole him — not to mention the living-on-the-edge-between-comedy-and-ridicule characters he’s played.
This uncommon actor’s life should make for compelling storytelling; today Crown Archetype, an imprint of Penguin Random House’s Crown Publishing Group, announced the spring 2017 publication of Tambor’s memoir Are You Anybody. The book will be released simultaneously in the U.S. 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.
“Books and theater saved me,” said Tambor in the announcement. “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.”
Says Crown, “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.
“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.”
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.