QUICK TAKES - June 9, 2009

Associated Press

Efrem Zimbalist Jr. finally got his badge.

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.

The show ran from 1965 to 1974.