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Old 03-21-2012, 01:03 PM   #1
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Thought Jeffrey Tambor Looks Back Fondly At His 1st TV Starring Gig...'The Ropers'

AVC: When it comes to doing sitcoms, you’ve been around the block a few times. In fact, you’ve been doing them since your very first full-time TV gig, when you played Jeffrey P. Brookes III on The Ropers.

JT: That’s true. It was my first time as a part of a series, and I didn’t know what being part of a series was all about. That was the same year I did … And Justice For All, so… It was just an odd, odd thing, really. I made $6,000 per week, which I thought was a million dollars. I learned a lot. I loved Norman [Fell] and Audra [Lindley], and Patty [McCormack], and I had a great time. It was wonderful. It’s interesting, but… the great thing about acting is that you kind of do what’s there and do it the best you can. But I loved it. It was a great experience.

AVC: Presumably there was a bit of a learning curve for you, given that you were just getting your feet wet on television.

JT: A huge learning curve. Huge.

AVC: Were Norman Fell and Audra Lindley helpful in steering you in the right direction?

JT: Oh, well, I loved Norman. Norman was an intellectual, and he had this sad-sack dog face—and I mean that in a totally honorific way—and yet when he would come to my house, I would always find him in my library, reading a book. Audra was great. Patty and I clicked. And I loved [executive producers Don] Nicholl, [Michael] Ross, and [Bernard] West. They were so kind to me. They were paternal, in a way. I felt sorry for them, because here was this actor who’d come from Broadway, and I just… I didn’t know how you made a show. When they gave you a note, you had to stand up and do it, and I thought that was just ridiculous. [Laughs.] But I remember the first time I had to do that. Audra just kind of looked at me, winked, and was, like, “Come on, let’s go.” It was good for me. Taught me a lot.

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There's long been evidence of the affection Jeffrey speaks of, such as his guest stint on Threes Company as Cindy's would-be suitor and Patricia McCormick's appearance on Mr. Sunshine--in the role of Jeffrey's character's ex-wife!
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There's long been evidence of the affection Jeffrey speaks of, such as his guest stint on Threes Company as Cindy's would-be suitor and Patricia McCormick's appearance on Mr. Sunshine--in the role of Jeffrey's character's ex-wife!

"STARRING" not guesting
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"STARRING" not guesting

LOL, exactly, And on top of that when he guest starred as Cindy's husband that was in 1981, 2 years AFTER the Ropers.

The stuff people post I swear is mind boggling-lol
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Maybe you'd like to explain exactly what your buddy the moderator meant by what he posted? Oh that's right, you don't know either. You just piled on to stir up ****.

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Maybe you'd like to explain exactly what your buddy the moderator meant by what he posted? Oh that's right, you don't know either. You just piled on to stir up ****.

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It was simple, the Ropers was Jeffrey Tambor's first starring role in 1979, everything you mentioned was a guest spot

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Jeffrey was the star of Mr. Sunshine (1986 sitcom) and Patty McCormack guest starred on it, Solomon. Not sure what Brian means because what TV_on_the_Porch posted was ALL true, he "guested" on Three's Company (three times AFTER The Ropers), so NRW loved him and Jeffrey shows his affection of his past with NRW shows and stars.
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Oh that's terrific--if all you care about was the title of the post and not text of the article, in which Jeffrey Tambor spoke of the mutual affection for his producers as well as his costars.

EDIT: Thank you Pavan, you said all I was going to...and a lot more nicely.
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Exactly Thank you Sol, TV porch has a thing for me I think. LOL
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Exactly Thank you Sol, TV porch has a thing for me I think. LOL
What did he exactly do that was wrong? I'm not seeing anything wrong in what he posted. He made good points of Jeffrey's affection for The Ropers and its stars/producers even after the show ended. Jeffrey doesn't talk ill-will about that series at all to this day.

You posted something about STARRING and not guesting, which I didn't understand at all because what he posted about those shows were true and I explained it in post #8: http://www.sitcomsonline.com/boards/...54&postcount=8
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Jeffrey was the star of Mr. Sunshine (1986 sitcom) and Patty McCormack guest starred on it, Solomon. Not sure what Brian means because what TV_on_the_Porch posted was ALL true, he "guested" on Three's Company (three times AFTER The Ropers), so NRW loved him and Jeffrey shows his affection of his past with NRW shows and stars.
I was clearing up Brian's statement which was connected to the title
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What did he exactly do that was wrong? I'm not seeing anything wrong in what he posted. He made good points of Jeffrey's affection for The Ropers and its stars/producers even after the show ended. Jeffrey doesn't talk ill-will about that series at all to this day.

You posted something about STARRING and not guesting, which I didn't understand at all because what he posted about those shows were true and I explained it in post #8: http://www.sitcomsonline.com/boards/...54&postcount=8

Pav, this dude Porch has been on my jock for a while now. I don't know why nor do I care.
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Pav, this dude Porch has been on my jock for a while now. I don't know why nor do I care.
That I don't know anything about. I'm just saying what he posted in the second post here is true about Jeffrey's tie-ins with the Ropers stars/producers even after the show ended. I think you misunderstood what he posted on that post.
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That I don't know anything about. I'm just saying what he posted in the second post here is true about Jeffrey's tie-ins with the Ropers stars/producers even after the show ended.
I wish I can see the episode of Sushine when Patricia McCormick made an appearance.
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