Actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr, Son of Curtis Institute Pioneer, has Died - Aged 95

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Famed actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr, son of violin virtuoso Efrem Zimbalist Sr and opera singer Alma Gluck, has passed away at his home in California - aged 95.

‘We are heartbroken to announce the passing into peace of our beloved father,” the actor’s daughter Stephanie Zimbalist and son Efrem Zimbalist III have announced in a statement.

Zimbalist Jr studied violin for several years under the tutelage of Jascha Heifetz’s father - before developing more interest in the theater.

His big break came in 1958 after being cast as Stu Bailey - the wise cracking private investigator in the long-running television series  ’77 Sunset Strip’.

Efrem Zimbalist Sr served as the long-term Director of the Curtis Institute of Music - his famed students including Aaron Rosand, Oscar ShumskyFelix Slatkin and Shmuel Ashkenasi