JEF­FREY TAMBOR

AT 72, THE EMMY-WIN­NING AC­TOR HAS HIS HANDS HAP­PILY FULL WITH FIVE KIDS — IN­CLUD­ING 7-YEAR-OLD TWINS!

Closer Weekly - - News - — Bruce Fretts, with re­port­ing by Ja­clyn Roth

The Trans­par­ent star is head over heels for his five kids.

Jef­frey Tambor has played his share of un­con­ven­tional par­ents, from Ar­rested De­vel­op­ment’s con­vict Ge­orge Bluth to Trans­par­ent ’s trans­gen­dered Maura Pf­ef­fer­man. His real life sounds like a sit­com, too: The award­win­ning 72-year-old star has five kids rang­ing in age from a 41-year-old daugh­ter, Molly, to twin 7-year-old boys, Eli and Hugo. “I’m very grate­ful be­cause I get a sec­ond chance,” he tells Closer. “We all like a sec­ond chance.”

He’s mak­ing the most of that op­por­tu­nity. “Your knees aren’t as good, but you get a lit­tle more wis­dom and grat­i­tude with age,” says Jef­frey, who also has a 12-year-old son, Gabriel, and a 10-year-old daugh­ter, Eve, with wife Ka­sia. “You re­al­ize that top billing goes to the kids, and you get last billing.”

In fact, the ac­tor, who re­cently ap­peared in a se­ries of Su­per Bowl ads for Tide, says, “The kids are my best teach­ers. They give me great courage, and they teach me en­thu­si­asm.”

ACTS OF KIND­NESS

Eve taught him a valu­able les­son when he took her to the set of Trans­par­ent two years ago, and he fum­blingly tried to ex­plain Maura’s trans­gen­der sta­tus to her. “She said, ‘Daddy, I un­der­stand your char­ac­ter is more com­fort­able be­ing a woman,’ ” Jef­frey re­calls. “Out of the mouths of babes — they get it faster than adults. Hate and fear is learned.”

His kids only add to how much Jef­frey’s lov­ing his life, as he shoots sea­son four of Trans­par­ent and has a me­moir, Are You Any­body?, due in May. “Many years ago in Detroit, this for­tuneteller said, ‘You have to be pa­tient — suc­cess is go­ing to hap­pen very late in your ca­reer,’ ” re­mem­bers the ac­tor, who earned a mas­ter’s de­gree in fine arts from Michi­gan’s Wayne State Univer­sity be­fore snar­ing his first Emmy nom­i­na­tion at 49 for The Larry San­ders Show. “She wasn’t mess­ing around!”

Jef­frey with sons Eli and Hugo and wife Ka­sia...

...and with

co-star Ju­dith Light in Trans­par­ent

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