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Jeffrey Tambor urges Hollywood to hire transgender actors

Updated: Sep 19, 2016 15:29 IST

Washington D.C. [USA], Sept. 19 (ANI): Hollywood actor Jeffrey Tambor, who was recently adjudged the Best Actor in a Comedy Series at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, used the platform to urge Hollywood to hire transgender actors so that they could be included in the mainstream.

The 'Transparent' actor was awarded for his portrayal of Maura Pfferman, a transgender woman who came out to her family late in life, reports E!Online.

"I'm not going to say this beautifully. To you people out there, please give transgender talent a chance. Give them auditions. Give them their story. Do that, I would not be unhappy were I the last cisgender male to play a female transgender on television. We have work to do," said the 72-year-old actor.

He added, "What they take away. May I be very very clear about something? There is no best actor. Alright? I am so honored to be in this category with these artistic killers. Thank you guys," said the 72-year-old actor.

Thanking the 'Transparent' writer Jill Soloway, who also took home an Emmy for helming the 'Amazon series', he said, "You changed my life, you changed my career and you changed everything."

Tambor also won the award at the 2015 Emmys and a Golden Globe. The actor has been nominated for an Emmy six other times for his work on 'Arrested Development' and 'The Larry Sanders Show'.

On a related note, the third season of Transparent premieres September 23 on Amazon. (ANI)