Tim Herbert

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Tim Herbert
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Herbert in Bewitched, 1967
Herbert Timberg

(1914-06-22)June 22, 1914
New York City, U.S.
DiedJune 20, 1986(1986-06-20) (aged 71)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation(s)Actor, comedian, vaudevillian
Years active1936–1986

Tim Herbert (Herman Timberg, Jr., born Herbert Timberg; June 22, 1914 – June 20, 1986) [1] was an American actor, comedian and vaudevillian. [2]


Life and career

Tim Herbert was born Herbert Timberg in New York, son of the vaudeville actor and songwriter Herman Timberg, who often appeared on stage with another show-business veteran, dancer Pat Rooney. The elders Timberg and Rooney worked their sons into the act. The younger Timberg and Rooney hit it off personally and professionally, and worked up their own act, incorporating dancing and comedy. To capitalize on their association with their fathers, they billed themselves as "Herman Timberg, Jr. and Pat Rooney, Jr." [3]

Beginning in 1936 Timberg, Jr. and Rooney, Jr. co-starred in 10 musical-comedy short subjects for New York-based Educational Pictures. The series lapsed in 1938 when the financially troubled studio closed its doors. [4] Timberg tried his luck as a producer of a stage revue, but when it closed Timberg returned to vaudeville and personal appearances with Rooney through 1940. [5]

In the 1940s, Timberg adopted the stage name Tim Herbert, which he retained for the rest of his career. He was featured in vaudeville and in Broadway productions, including the revue Follow the Girls . In the 1950s he formed a double act with comedian Don Saxon, and they appeared in nightclubs and on television. During the 1960s Herbert established himself as a character actor in films and television. He appeared on The Dick Van Dyke Show (in the episode "Bupkis," as an anxious songwriter) and on The Addams Family , The Lucy Show , Get Smart , and other high-profile series. He also appeared as "Whiskers" in two episodes of Batman , as well as playing the villain Killer Moth in an unaired short episode in 1967, which was primarily filmed to introduce Batgirl into the series. Herbert also played incidental roles in motion pictures, including Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title , The Boston Strangler , They Shoot Horses, Don't They? , Duel and Win, Place or Steal, and in television films like Ellery Queen: Don't Look Behind You , Goodnight, My Love , and Terror on the 40th Floor. [2]

Herbert died of a heart attack on June 20, 1986, in Los Angeles, California. [6]


1936-1938Short subjects with Pat Rooney, Jr.Herman
1966 Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title Seed / Samu
1967 A Guide for the Married Man Shoe Clerk
1967 The Ambushers GilUncredited
1968 The Boston Strangler Cedric
1969 They Shoot Horses, Don't They ? Doctor
1970 But I Don't Want to Get Married! Principal
1971 Duel Gas Station Attendant
1972 Goodnight, My Love Sam
1973 Soylent Green Brady
1974Terror on the 40th FloorBuilding Manager
1974 Earthquake Las Vegas Man
1974Win, Place or StealTeller #1

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