|Antonio Raphael Ottaviano Cimber
|October 18, 1965
|Former American Actor, Director, Son of Jayne Mansfield and Matt Cimber
Tony Cimber had all the ingredients to be a successful man in Hollywood. He had a celebrity mother and a celebrity father. His father is Matt Cimber, a well-known Italian-American screenwriter, director, and movie maker. He is most famous for contributing to Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf. And his mother is Jayne Mansfield, a major Hollywood sex symbol of the 1950s and 1960s.
Mansfield was the 20th Century Fox’s alternative to Marilyn Monroe, getting famous as the Working Man’s Monroe. Mansfield was one of the original blonde bombshells.
With that in mind, let’s talk a bit more about Tony Cimber, his family, siblings, educational background, and professional career.
His Famous Mother
Here is a fun fact: while many people haven’t seen Mansfield’s movies, she is considered a culture setter. According to historians, her hourglass figure, breathy baby talk, and cleavage-revealing costumes made an enduring impact.
She might have been a blonde bombshell and a Playboy playmate, but she was very intelligent. There are many references to her high IQ. She claimed she had an IQ of 163, and spoke four other languages besides English. During her life, she learned Spanish, French, and German in high school, and then studied Italian. That earned her a reputation as being the “smartest dumb blonde”.
Born Vera Jayne Palmer in April 1933, Jayne Mansfield was an American actress, singer, nightclub entertainer, Playboy playmate, and sex symbol.
Vera Jayne Palmer spent her early childhood in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. There, her father worked as an attorney. He passed away in 1936 from a heart attack, and then her mother remarried in 1939 to sales engineer Harry Lawrence Peers. The family moved to Dallas, Texas.
Jayne took her name from her first husband, Paul Mansfield. The two got married when she was only 17 years of age in May 1950. Their daughter, Jayne Marie Mansfield was born six months later.
She and her husband enrolled in Southern Methodist University to study acting, and in 1951 she moved to Los Angeles.
While attending the University of Texas at Austin, Mansfield won beauty contests, carving her way as one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood at the time.
Here is a fun fact: early in her career, some advertisers considered her prominent breasts undesirable. This led to her losing her first professional assignment, a commercial for General Electric that depicted young women in bathing suits.
Things changed for her when in December 1953, Hugh Hefner began publishing Playboy. The magazine became a success because of some of the early appearances from Jayne, but also Marilyn Monroe, Bettie Page, and Anita Ekberg. She was elected Playmate of the Month in February 1955. That boosted her career and soon she began posing for Playboy regularly.
Because of her playboy appearance, Paul sought custody of his daughter Jayne Marie Mansfield, arguing that her mother was unfit because of her appearing nude in Playboy.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Jayne capitalized on her image as a sex symbol to land roles in movies in Hollywood. Some of them include Promises! Promises, Kiss Them for Me, The Loves of Hercules, Too Hot to Handle, The Burglar, Primitive Love, Female Jungle, It Happened in Athens, The George Raft Story, Panic Button, The Challenge, and many more.
Who Is Jayne’s Son, Tony Cimber?
Now let’s talk about Jayne’s famous son, Tony Cimber. Born in October 1965, in Los Angels, California, he is a retired American actor.
He was born Antonio Raphael Ottaviano Cimber, a son of Jayne and Matt Cimber. His father was a producer, and his mother was a renowned actress and model.
Tony is also the grandson of Herbert Palmer and Vera Peers. He grew up with six siblings, three brothers, and three sisters.
Some of his siblings are also famous actors and actresses. He is half-Italian on his father’s side.
He is a married guy but keeps a low profile. There is no info on his wife’s name. His daughter Janni Kimber was born in August 1998. His half-sister, Mariska Hargitay shared a photo of Tony and his child on Facebook in May 2014. There is no info about other children.
Nowadays, Tony lives a normal life away from the limelight.
Born in October in Los Angeles, Tony is a director and actor. He is known for The Original Ladies of Wrestling: GLOW Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, and Houses of Mystery: Mysteries of the Cathedrals.
He began his acting career as Nature Boy in one of the Originals Ladies of Wrestling episodes. He then directed two episodes of the television show.
He came into the limelight thanks to his character in GLOW Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.
While he is no longer working in the entertainment industry, he has a family that he is always close to the movie industry. Some of his siblings are still working as actors and actresses.
The Many Marriages of Jayne Mansfield
Jayne was a major Hollywood sex symbol of the 1950s and 1960s. She had a short life but managed to get married a couple of times. Born in April 1933, she passed away in June 1967 in New Orleans.
Her first marriage was to Paul Mansfield. The two met at a party on Christmas Eve in 1949, when she was a student at Highland Park High School.
Paul is the reason she took the surname Mansfield. He hoped that the birth of their child would discourage her interest in acting, but that didn’t happen. He moved to Los Angeles to help her career while she juggled motherhood and classes at the University of Texas.
A series of infidelity and her ambitions were the reasons for that marriage to fall apart. Jayne filed for divorce in 1956 in California while he filed the next year in Texas, citing mental cruelty. They finally got a divorce in 1958.
Then, she met her second husband, Mickey Hargitay at the Latin Quarter nightclub in New York City in 1956. He was performing as a member of the chorus line. She fell for him immediately, and the two started dating.
Following her divorce from Paul, the two got married in California. In Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? Hargitay made his first film appearance alongside Mansfield.
She filed for divorce in May 1962 but found that she was pregnant after her divorce. Because being an unwed mother at the time would endanger her career, she and her former husband announced they were still married. Their daughter, Mariska Hargitay, was born in January 1964.
Her third and last marriage was with Matt Cimber, an Italian-born film director. He directed her in a stage production of Bus Stop in New York.
The two got married in September 1964 in Mexico but separated in July 1965. Matt managed her career during their marriage.
Is He On Social Media?
We said before that Tony Cimber leads a low-key life. You cannot find him on social media. He doesn’t appear on Instagram, Facebook, or any other platform. But his siblings often post pictures of him on Facebook.
His mother was one of the most famous actresses in the 1950s and 1960s. Tony hasn’t achieved such lofty marks, but he was a decent actor.
Now he is a retired actor who lives a normal life. The net worth of Tony is estimated at around $400,000. His mother’s net worth at the time of passing was estimated at $2 million. Bear in mind, that was the 1960s.