Jeffrey Tambor Welcomes Twins Hugo Bernard and Eli Nicholas

10/13/2009 at 05:40 PM ET
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It’s the honest truth: actor Jeffrey Tambor has twin boys.

The Arrested Development star, 65, who can currently be seen in The Invention of Lying, and his wife of eight years, Kasia, welcomed sons Hugo Bernard Tambor and Eli Nicholas Tambor on Sunday, October 4th.

“Everyone is thrilled and healthy,” the actor’s rep tells PEOPLE.

The twins join siblings Eve Julia, 2 ½, and Gabriel Kasper, 3 ½, as well as Jeffrey’s adult daughter from a previous relationship.

The couple announced the pregnancy in June.

— Julie Jordan

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Elle on

congrats! love the names

Mari on

Twins are always so special – congrats to the whole family!

Sanja on

I love Bernard, Eli, Eve Julia and Gabriel Kasper! And it’s great to see Hugo in America:-)

Kaila on

I love the names he’s given his children, congratulations!

Rachel-Jane on

Congratulations George Bluth! I love the names of all the children, particularly Hugo and Gabriel.

Jessica on

Wow, newborns at 65. I know he will be able to provide financially and I’m sure he’s a wonderful father, but sometimes I feel really bad for children who are born to such “mature” fathers… Hypothetically speaking (considering the average life expectancy for a man in America is about 75 years), these twin boys will not have their father around past their early teen years…

Forever Moore on

4 kids all under 4…must be a fun-filled household. Go Jeffrey! Can’t wait for the Arrested Development movie!

Liliana on

Congrats to Jeffrey and Kasia! I loved him on Arrested Development. His children have great names. on

Newborns at 65 now thats really impressive and wow that is going to be a ‘real’ challenge. Names are really cool, I love them.

JMO on

Jessica I agree. Hopefully Jefferey is a healthy man with lots of years ahead of him but I can only think that when these babies graduate highschool he’ll be close to 85! Yikes! Even at his age now is he able to run around and do the things that other dads that are much younger can do?? Nonetheless I’m sure he’s a great daddy and I love the name Eli!

Tina. on

those are okay names for me. bernard is cool! reminds me of maurice benard, one of my favourite actors! 🙂

Liliana on

If he’s a good parent, it doesn’t matter if his sons spend two years with him or twenty. I doubt later on in life, when reflecting upon their father, they’ll even think of his age.

My boyfriend passed away at the age of 20, before my eldest was even born. While life expectancy decreases as a person gets older, no one knows what’s in store for them so, regardless of age, it’s best that a person puts there all into making everyday special.

Lolabean on

Jessica and JMO, I do understand your point about him choosing to become a father at such a late age, but I do think your comments can be viewed as a little rude to those people who are disabled in some way and who also choose to have kids. They can’t “run around” either but there is more to parenthood than physically being able to chase kids. I have a female friend who can’t walk but chose to have children nonetheless. I have a male friend who survived cancer in his 20’s but chose to have children in his 30’s even though he knew he might be dead in his 40’s. Maybe their choices were as selfish as Jeffrey’s but wanting a family is such a strong impulse for some people, they can’t let their physical limitations stop them.

I also like the names. Solid and male. Unique without trying too hard.

Georgina on

I was going to say, 4 kids under 4, that sound like a handful, however old you are. I wish them good luck with all their sprogs.

Jessica on

Lolabean, I see your point completely and I am in no way trying to say that being able to chase your kids must be a requirement in order to procreate. I apologize if it came off as rude, but in my honest opinion, if it were somehow possible for me to give birth in my 60’s, I think I would feel a bit guilty. I teach first grade and last year I had a kid whose mother was in her 30s, but whose father was in his 50s. At our family festival last year, there was a parent-child relay you could partake in and while the father really wanted to participate, he physically could not do it and confessed to me that sometimes he felt like his son missed out on select activities simply because he did not have a younger father. Almost verbatim, “I know I make up for it in other ways, but sometimes I feel guilty that I probably won’t be around as long as he’ll need”. Like I said, I’m sure Jeffrey Tambor’s a wonderful father… but in some ways, I feel sad for his kids. I’m sorry!

Laura on

“If he’s a good parent, it doesn’t matter if his sons spend two years with him or twenty. I doubt later on in life, when reflecting upon their father, they’ll even think of his age.”

I completely disagree Liliana. I think someone can be a good parents whether it’s for 2 years or 20, but there is a HUGE difference between spending only 2 years with your children or spending 20. If one of my parents had died when I was 2, they would have never seen me start school and graduate. They would have never been able to see me drive and they wouldn’t have seen me go on my first date. Those are very important things that I am glad I got to experience with my parents and my parents got to experience with me. I am only in my early twenties and my mom is in her mid-50’s but I’m already thinking about how she is getting older and it’s going to be very hard for me as she gets older. I love her and of course don’t want to lose her! I’m very sorry your boyfriend passed away and is unable to experience those things with your child.

(Please understand that I know sometimes people pass away unexpectedly but I find it selfish to have children in your mid-60’s when it is very likely you will not get to see them grow up. Whether or not you can run around with them makes no difference to me, but if you can’t be there physically because you pass away due to age when they are young then that is very awful for them and it is selfish)

This is all MY opinion so I completely understand if others disagree.

Georgina on

Jessica, i completly understand what your saying, my best friends dad is ten years older than my dad, and a lot of other kids dads whilst we were at school. I didnt really notice it until she pointed it out that she had an “older dad” and that meant he didnt do somethings that my dad did. She was the product of a second family, and had older sisters, whose dad to them was relativley young.

I just think its a matter of perception, my friends dad took her to school everyday as he was semi retired. My dad worked so he didn’t. He took us out at the weekends instead. Neither is better or worse than the other, just different. I agree loosing your parent at a young age is hard, sad and if you could choose for it not to happen, well you would, but people loose family members all the time, not just due to old age. I think quality of time is also important and as an older dad may be he can provide this better than when he was in his 20s/30s?

Karen on

Totally agree w/ you Laura — age was the first thing I noticed on this story and hand to go back & find out the names of the babies…my mouth literally dropped when I read they have 2 other little ones. Makes me sad for those kids.

Liliana on

I respect your opinion completely, Laura.

In my view, I see parenting as quality being more important than quantity. Of course, it would be wonderful to have your parents present as long as possible but in the real world, this isn’t always the case. Since I learned I was pregnant, I knew my son would be deprived of a relationship with his father and that was heartbreaking but now, at the age of seven, I’ve done my best to raise him so that he may focus on the things he does have as opposed to feeling like he’s missing out on something. We discuss his father on almost a daily basis and although he may have never met the man, he’s as close to his memory as he can be. Because of this and the fact that he’s surrounded by so many friends and family members, he’s a well-adjusted child.

I don’t think Jeffrey or any father that happens to be older in years is selfish. If he does his best to be a devoted father on a daily basis, I see no harm. Maybe he won’t see his children get married but later in life, they’ll remember him for the times they did spend with him as opposed to what he’s missed out on.

On a side note, I’ve had the opportunity to see both sides of the argument. I was born to a young father. My dad was 16 when he became a parent for the first time and 21 when I was born. He’s now 45 and although he did his best, there were many times when it was apparent that he was nowhere near ready to take on the responsibilities of becoming a parent. My paternal grandfather was also a young father and has admitted on numerous occassions to not being there for his children. He married his current wife at the age of 55 and his last child was born two years ago, when my grandfather was 63. Since his marriage and becoming a father again, he is the happiest I’ve ever seen him. He takes his children to soccer practice, makes their meals, reads to them, and plays everything from “princess” to “pirates”. It’s true that he’s old enough to be their grandfather but those kids could care less. He adores them and they love him for exactly who he is.

halfdozen4me on

“My boyfriend passed away at the age of 20, before my eldest was even born. While life expectancy decreases as a person gets older, no one knows what’s in store for them so, regardless of age, it’s best that a person puts there all into making everyday special.” Lilianna I am sorry for your loss but I respectfully disagree with you – yes no one knows there life expectancy but we all know we are going to die….. and to intentionally bring young babies into the picture when you are 65 is a selfish act….. he probably sees it as some kind of gift to his younger wife…. but it certainly isn’t thinking about the kids in the long run…. because the odds of him being there even for their high school graduation isn’t in his favor. The average age for male life expectancy is only 74 years old.

I do hope they are all well and congratulations to new little lives that I’m sure will be loved.

Brooklyn on

I actually like the names 🙂 I like Eli a lot! Congratulations to them!

urbanadventurertales on

As someone who lost her father at the age of 20 (he was 47), I think Jeffrey’s choice to bring children into the world at his age is extremely selfish. He will likely die before seeing his own grandchildren and to knowingly bring children into the world that you know you won’t have the health or ability to raise is not wise or thinking of their best interest.

Plus, as the mother of twin boys, I can tell you that a 65 yr. old is not going to be able to keep up wtih them once they hit the toddler phase! lol 🙂

Electra on

Lovely names!

brannon on

love the names! congratulations to them!

sarah on

How selfish to have children at such a old age. Common sence would have been to think do I have 18 years of life left to invest in raising a child? However ppl like him think because they have money everything will be all right,they will be provided for, but its the children that suffer when a parent is absent no matter how much money you have.

I♥CBB on

I am totally disturbed by this news. He is too old to be having children that young. I do not understand people’s thought processes sometimes!!

crimpe on

Eli is becoming a very popular name. I notice because it’s my husband’s name! I also know someone who named his son Hugo – however the parents are French so it is not unusual for them. I think there are some very harsh comments here. Has anyone considered the mother’s wishes? We don’t know these people, but any time there are two committed and loving parents, why not wish them the best?

Candice on

Aww, congrats to them. How nice!

These folks are excellent namers. I hope this doesn’t start a Hugo trend, though — I love that name so much!

Anne on

I agree about his age. Why do men that old feel the great need to have more kids? To show the world they CAN? They say everyone is thrilled, but will those kids be thrilled to have a 75+ year old father, whom everyone will think is their (great)grandfather? I think not.

Cécile on

When,then 78 year old Clint Eastwood,talked about his youngest daughters,then 15 and 12,explainig how he was a better father as an older father, women on this blog and others were swooning and drooling.Remarks about his age were considered silly.
I guess if you’re A list and a beloved sex symbol,having children after 60 doesn’t make you selfish. Sorry, Jeffrey, you don’t fall into that category.

CelebBabyLover on

After reading all the comments, I felt compelled to say/ask something I’ve been wondering for awhile: Should a woman be denied children just because her husband is older? What I mean by that it is, well, in this instance, Jeffrey is 65…but his wife Kasia is 41 (according to the birth announcement post).

She also obviously didn’t have kids earlier, as the only kids from outside Jeffrey and Kasia’s marriage mentioned are Jeffrey’s older daughters. It’s very possible that Kasia wanted more than anything to be a mother. So, do those of you who say Jeffrey was selfish think that Kasia should have been denied the right to have children?

Or if you think Kasia was too old also since she was in her 40s, what about in general? Should a woman in, say, her 30s or even late 20s be denied the right to have children just because her husband is, say, in his 50s or 60s? Just something I’ve been wondering about for awhile.

eva on

I love his commedy and now, also his children’s names.

Good thing that reproduction is not about judgement and permission.If we look around with attention we’ll find that somewhere out there there’s a group of people who think so-and-so shouldn’t parent because of their personal morals and opinions.Even for reasons that you will consider to be unselfish and wise.Others will deem them selfish and dumb.Having children at any age and under any situation is a selfish thing.It’s a wonderful,hard and joyous thing but it is driven by selfishness.The child has no say on birth,they don’t ask to be conceived,it is us parents who decide we want to have them.

I would rather see mature parents whose life expectancies are shorter than others have children in their own terms than to rush having kids with the wrong person,without love or without desire to parent.Do you think that he doesn’t know his own age?That he didn’t consider his health and the children’s best interests? Please, all mature parents know the pros and cons.To me this says that his love and dedication to his family now is strong enough that he can live with the consequences.

When people accuse other parents of selfishness I get the impression that they are voicing a hidden desire to see others failr and repent for not living the lives they live.

[NOT directed to the ladies who said it was their opinion and understood if others saw it under a different light.These just some points for those who simply decided he was selfish and irresponsible].

pixilot on

Gabriel Kasper is practically the perfect name, but I’m a bit disappointed with Hugo Bernard and Eli Nicholas. The middle names are blah and neither first name has the “It factor” that Gabriel does.

I do love Jeffrey Tambor (“hey now!”) but am inclined to think he hit the jackpot with the original name and screwed up on the sequel!

Anna on

I do feel it is not right to have children at his age. He basically made the choice that he will die when his children are still young. I am in my late twenties and am glad my parents are still here and will most likely be with me for a long time to come.

I know people can die from accidents and leave their young children behind but that is not a choice, so it’s different to me.

Still congrats to them, the children are here so make the best of it and hope he has many more healthy years to come.

Tia on

I would rather see an older man with children that he cares for and takes care of than some younger dude throwing around his seed because he is young and he can.

Age isn’t everything.

Kate on

well said Cecile.

Chris on

People seem preoccupied with parental age on this site. I have been guilty of it too. But really…who cares how old or young a parent is? Age can influence parenthood and parenting style but so can a lot of other things. Some people lose their (young) parents at an early age. Tomorrow isn’t promised to anyone.

I say, good for him. I think he’s a great actor. Congrats!

martyna on

I don’t have my own kids but in my opinion it doesn;t matter at what age you have kids . When my father was born 51 years ago my grandparents were 35years old and he was their first kid , 3 years later they had my aunt …..in1950’s they were described as “old parents ” but hapilly they are still alive and my father never had problem with their age . So all this talk about age , or if he should have or not kids at this age is for me completly useless

M. on

my folks had me when they were in their late 30’s, – second marriage – i have an older half brother and sister 11 and 9 years older than me and i have to say it was hard for me growing up – when i was around 9-ish i became embarrassed that my parents were older than everybody else’s, and really felt like an only child with how i was raised. Now i’m 22 and i’m happy as punch and my folks are happy and healthy but looking back it was tough.

liz on

If the mother had been 65 when these twins were born, there would have been an uproar. What a double standard, imo.

Devon on

People are living well in to their eighties, nineties and there are even people living to be over 100, and since Jeffrey has the money to afford private health care, he has a greater chance of living until his children are in their twenties, even in to their thirties. To say he is selfish is pretty rude and unfounded. It doesn’t matter how old your parent is when you are born, they can still die at any age. My cousin was 28 when she had her son and 6 days later she had a brain aneurysm and 7 days later she died of a stroke. Her son was 13 days old and his mother was dead. By all of your posts, she was the “right” age to have a child but she still died and her son is now being raised by his grandmother.

We have no idea how long we have on this earth. We could have 110 years, we could only have 1 day. Why deny someone the right to live life to the fullest until their time is up? If Jeffrey and his wife want to have no kids, 1 kid or 10 kids, that is what is going to make him happy and if his kids are loved, even if they won’t remember him, that’s what should matter. If he was to pass tomorrow, knock on wood, their mother would be able to tell them how much their father loved them and she would never let them forgot that.

Bugs on

C’mon people, just because parents are young it doesn’t mean they’ll be there forever. I know the possibilities are higher but not so much to make a big case on it.

Shelby on

Say what you will but I find it completely and utterly selfish. As if being an older father to one child wasn’t enough, to have four little ones whose father will more than likely not make it to see them graduate high school. Even with living, what about the quality of life? At that age men are so much more susceptible to diseases, what if in 10 years, he suffers from dementia? Living to be 100 is nothing if your quality of life is poor! Oh, but wait “he has money so the kids will be well taken of”. Call me crazy but I’d rather be poor with a father who was there to see me have my own children than be “well taken of” by a man called father that I couldn’t remember. Validate it however you want and feel justified but my opinion won’t change. Selfish, plain and simple.

Elizabeth on

Who cares about his age? My sister and her now ex-husband had my niece at the textbook-perfect age of 26. Unfortunately, her husband ran off and is a no-show in his daughter’s life, so she essentially lost her dad as a toddler. How about single mothers by choice where the child never has a dad?

Good and bad fathers come in every age group. None of us is guaranteed any certain amount of years of life or good health. A young father could die or be gravely injured and need help to live.

Millions of children over the years have survived the loss of a parent and gone on to live happy productive lives and will continue to do so, if that were to happen here. If we all demanded a 100% certainty of a long, healthy life before we became parents, no one would ever do it because that certainty just isn’t possible.

Jenny on

To martyna:

It’s a big difference being 35 and 38 years old as ur parents were, and being 65 years old!

Miranda on

OMG, I wish people would think before having children when they are that old. Do you not think about the children not having their Dad in the few years ahead? He has two little ones already, why bring more into the picture. I don’t know, maybe I am being a little too harsh, but really here, I think there are many people who feel the same way I do too. Probably more people than less people. Think about the kids, and don’t have them come into the world when you know they won’t really remember you, especially when you are that old having them!

fuzibuni on

but isn’t the act of having a child essentially selfish? Unless you are an unpaid surrogate, I don’t know anyone who can say they had a child for purely self-less reasons.

And while we are pointing fingers at Mr. Tambor for being so selfish as to bringing more children into the world at his practically geriatric and senile age… lets all pause for a moment to consider that perhaps his wife wanted children to remember him by and be with her after he is gone.

Perhaps that is a selfish reason to have kids too… in which case we should also criticize all single parents who end up alone for being so selfish enough to raise a child without a partner.

selfish selfish selfish.
good thing so many of us have our morals straight and don’t fall into this category 😉

JJ on

Wow, Devon, I have a similar story with my friend. Her baby was 2 weeks old when she (at 27) died from a brain anuerysm. I’m sad/shocked that there are two stories so similar 😦

I’m of two minds, I get what everyone is saying but when these children are older, regardless of whether their Dad is still alive or not, won’t they be happy that he decided to have them and they exist?

Chris on

Shame on Jeffrey for not checking with John Q. Public to make sure it was alright for him to have children with his wife of eight years! lol Thanks for the laughs! *shakes head*

Dev on

Congrats to the family. I’ve always liked Jeffrey Tambor as an actor. I am, however, surprised by his choice to have more children at his age.

I disagree with those who expressed the view that age does not matter. The fact that anyone can die unexpectedly at any time does not change the fact that a 65-year-old KNOWS that his chances of dying within the next few years are MUCH higher than the chances of a healthy 25-year-old randomly dying within the next few years. The whole argument that someone who is 25 could unexpectedly die tomorrow is irrelevant to the question of whether an elderly person should consciously choose to have a baby given the fact that he or she is clearly approaching the end of his or her life.

Also, the quality versus quantity view seems unrealistic. The fact that a father is a good to a child for the first four years of its life (a period the child will not even remember) doesn’t mean much if that father is no longer around to provide emotional support and guidance to the child as the child moves through adolescence and adulthood. The fact that the surviving parent talks about the deceased parent to the child does not fill that void.

Does that mean those children will become mal-adjusted and miserable? No. However, it’s clearly not a very good situation and to choose it seems selfish.

Stella Bella on

Love those names! 🙂

anonymous on

Can’t we all just agree to disagree and let each person live their own unique life?

Wishing the family best of luck.

Kaylee on

My cousin is 23 yrs old and has a 5 month old and she just lost her daughters father, he was 21. A baby is a blessing, no matter what age. Congrats to this family!

Gem on

My dad was just over fifty when I was born and it was incredibly hard growing up. From people calling him my grandad to being a teen and worrying that he’d die any minute. As it happened, my mum who was 18 years his junior died four years ago while he’s still going. He feels bad now because he doesn’t have the energy to enjoy his grandson as he’s ‘too old’. It’s not just his children that are missing out, but his grand children of the future too.

Also, someone (sorry, I’ve forgotten who) said are people with disabilities selfish for having children? My mum was disabled for much of my childhood/ adolescence and if she’d been disabled when she decided to have me then I would personally say yes, that’s extremly selfish. Being a young carer is a tough job and no-one should knowingly choose that life for their child. You grow up guilt ridden for wanting a little of your own life when you feel you should be caring for your parents. They should care for you when you’re a child not the other way round.

Now, I’m not judging anyone’s choices and what’s right for you is right. But I grew up in a house like that and I would never bring a child into that kind of situation.

torgster on

IMO nobody has hit the nail on the head here yet. I doubt the “urge” to have a family just comes over a man at 65! Especially considering he already has adut children. Plain and simply old men marry young trophy wives, and that’s who wants the kids.

Jessica on

Amen torgster!

On another note, I (personally) was in no way trying to argue that older people should be DENIED the right to have children. That is ultimately their choice. I was simply expressing my opinion that it is not entirely fair to the children involved. “But what about young fathers who abandon their children?”…”What about the fact that people can live to be up to 100?”… I am not arguing any of these points! All I am saying is that it is not entirely fair to the child who will walk up to his first day of kindergarten with a 70 year old father hobbling behind him. There are many things that these children will miss out on. And I’d like to ask a general question: If you were in your 60s, in good health, financially stable, and had the ability to safely give birth to a healthy baby, would you? Most likely the answer is no. Before you jump down my throat, all I’m saying is to consider the reasons why you WOULD NOT.

And to CelebBabyLover – Yes, maybe when Kasia married a man old enough to be her father, she should have done it with some consideration of the fact that her children would have a father old enough to be their grandfather and would be missing out on activities that their father would be too “mature” to participate in. Children are well aware of the things that their parents are capable and incapable of doing.

Lolabean on

Gem, I made the point that if Jeffrey is selfish to have children with his younger wife then maybe my disabled friends (or the one with a chance of not living for another ten years because of cancer) were also selfish. I just think since so many people want to deny Jeffrey and his wife the opprotunity to have children because he’s old, then the argument clearly leads to the disabled and sickly not have children either because they can’t care for or won’t be around for their children like a young healthy person would. I don’t think we should dishonor a person’s heartfelt choice to bring a life into the world but clearly many of you do. That’s your right also.

Jen on

Jessica I really see where you are coming from and understand that your comments werent at all rude. I think that 65 is a little old to have kids but thats his choice 4 kids under four he must have some energy to be able to look after them. and see the closeness in age obviouly the whole *label fertility decreases with age* his sure hasnt 4 kids within four years WOW> hard work but joy as well 🙂 congrats to them. Does anyone know if the twins are identical they may have said but I may have missed that part.

Liliana on

Torgster, while your entitled to your opinion, your last sentence is a sweeping generalization. While this may be the case for some, it’s not for all. Unless you, personally, have access to the type of relationship Jeffrey and his wife have, there’s little room for judgement.

Lee on

snip snip, Jeffrey, snip snip…

J on

Snip snip? Why does he need a vasectomy just because he’s an older man? 😦

J on

Jeffrey’s one lucky man! He has new babies with the woman he loves and he can let all the worrywarts here do all the worrying about his supposed impending doom for him.

I have a friend who became a paraplegic days after giving birth. I suppose some of you would call her selfish as well since she can’t run and play with her kids even though she has a loving husband, family and friends?

Seems to me some of you are way to critical on how others should have and raise their families. Grow up and let other people be happy, if you can’t do that than keep your bitterness towards happy families to yourself.

Gem on

Lolabean, I do understand what you’re saying and part of me thinks that absolutely, people who want to love children unconditionally should be able to have them.

But have you ever known a young carer? There was a little boy on TV last year whose whole family, except him, were blind. He was guilt ridden because he could see and they couldn’t. I have no doubt that they were wonderful parents but as the child of a person with disabilities you cannot help but care for your parents. It’s not a choice it’s some part of you that you can’t turn off. That little boy was eight or nine and cooked all his families meals and didn’t have time to do his homework because he was busy doing chores because he felt guilty that he could see. That’s no way for a child to live, no matter how much his parents love him. It broke my heart because I’ve been there and it tears you apart. The day my mum died? All I felt was relief and I feel terrible for that but since then I’ve been able to live my life, instead of caring for her.

It’s not a judgement or opinion on the person with disabilities, or about disabilities. It really is ‘what’s in the best interest of the child?’.

Jen on

Celine Dions husband is an old father and has older children. Just cause they are old’er’ doesnt mean they will be any less of a father. Jeffery is creating his own little family with his wife.

CelebBabyLover on

Jen- Celine’s husband has older children? I didn’t know Rene-Charles already had siblings! Anyone know their names or ages?

CelebBabyLover on

Interesting that Rene’s older kids weren’t included in the announcement of Celine’s 2nd pregnancy. Usually CBB lists ALL the older siblings, but only Rene-Charles was listed.

CelebBabyLover on

Oops! I just re-read the article, and CBB DID mention that Rene has three older children. 🙂