The actor who portrayed cool and canny Inspector Lewis Erskine on the TV series "The F.B.I." was named an honorary special agent Monday _ the FBI's highest civilian honor.
The 91-year-old actor was presented with the badge by FBI Director Robert Mueller. He praised Zimbalist as an icon who inspired a generation of FBI agents.
Zimbalist said he was humbled and called the agency America's "guardian."
The show ran on ABC from 1965 to 1974.