Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (born November 30, 1918) is an American actor known for his starring roles in the television series 77 Sunset Strip and The F.B.I. More recently he is well known as the long-time voice behind the character Alfred Pennyworth in Batman: The Animated Series.
Born Jewish, Zimbalist, Jr. has had a close association with evangelical Christianity, having appeared on some Christian radio and television shows including the PTL Club and TBN. Zimbalist was an early practitioner and proponent of Transcendental Meditation, as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, prior to his conversion to Christianity.
In 1989, Zimbalist played the father of Zorro in the (then Christian Broadcasting Network's- aka CBN) Family Channel's remake "The New Zorro". Zimbalist relinquished the role after the program's first season, due to time being spent on location. Zimbalist had a small recurring role in the 1990s science fiction TV series Babylon 5 as William Edgars, and on his daughter's 1980s mystery series, Remington Steele.
Zimbalist 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. He has appeared on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.
Zimbalist has written an autobiography My Dinner of Herbs, published by Limelight Editions, New York.