biography

Born in Philadelphia on February 6, 1942, actor and singer Fabian Forte was discovered in late 1957 by Bob Marcucci and Peter De Angelis, owners of Chancellor Records. As Fabian sat on the front steps of his home, Marcucci walked by and began talking to the youth. Soon, Marcucci and De Angelis signed him to Chancellor. After a year of vocal training and a couple of failed singles, Marcucci and De Angelis began a launch for Fabian, who recorded more singles and appeared on American Bandstand. Fabian quickly gained a following, resulting in many hits and a film career.

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LEFT: Fabian on the October 1960 cover of Teen Screen. CENTER and RIGHT: Chancellor Records promotional photos

Fabian charted eight hits on the Billboard Top 40 between February 1959 and March 1960, all on the Chancellor label. (Frankie Avalon also recorded for Chancellor.) Fabian's first chart hit was I'm a Man, released in February 1959 and reaching the #31 spot. His next two singles, Turn Me Loose and Tiger, went into Top Ten in the spring of 1959.

In 1959, Fabian signed with 20th Century Fox to do several films, the first of which was Hound Dog Man, released in the fall of 1959. His single from the film, also titled Hound Dog Man, went to the #9 position on the charts. With his increasingly busy acting career, Fabian eventually abandoned recording, and by the mid 1960s he began an association with American International Pictures, acting in several films for the studio.

the films of fabian

Hound Dog Man (1959)

Stuart Whitman and Fabian

With Stuart Whitman in the 20th Century Fox release Hound Dog Man

North to Alaska (1960)

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With Ernie Kovacs and Stewart Granger in the 20th Century Fox western North to Alaska

Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962)

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With Barbara Luna in the 20th Century Fox adventure Five Weeks in a Balloon

The Eleventh Hour (TV series, 1964)

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With Fay Wray and Phil Ober in a January 1964 episode of the dramatic TV series The Eleventh Hour

Ride the Wild Surf (1964)

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From Columbia's B movie star-packed beach film Ride the Wild Surf. LEFT: With Shelley Fabares. CENTER: Fabian surfs. RIGHT: With Barbara Eden, Tab Hunter, and Peter Brown

Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (1966)

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From American-International's Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs, directed by Mario Bava. LEFT: Fabian with the Italian comedy team Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia. RIGHT: Fabian, Ciccio Ingrassia, Laura Antonelli, and Franco Franchi at the film's climax

Fireball 500 (1966)

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From American-International's stock car film Fireball 500. LEFT: As stock car driver Leander. CENTER and RIGHT: With Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon

Thunder Alley (1967)

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From American International's action flick Thunder Alley with Diane McBain

Maryjane (1968)

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With Diane McBain in American International's drug culture cult classic Maryjane

The Wild Racers (1968)

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With Mimsy Farmer in American International's The Wild Racers

A Bullet for Pretty Boy (1970)

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From American International's A Bullet for Pretty Boy featuring Fabian as Pretty Boy Floyd

fabian today

Today, Fabian is still entertaining his fans. He tours with Frankie Avalon and Bobby Rydell in the Golden Boys of Rock and Roll show. Also, Fabian has served as producer for a number of film projects. He is married to Andrea Patrick, a former Miss Pennsylvania and Miss West Virginia who is a talent agency owner. See the Official Fabian Forte Website for more information on Fabian's current projects.

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filmography

FILM
Mr. Rock 'n' Roll: The Alan Freed Story (1999) with Paula Abdul, Judd Nelson, and Bobby Rydell
Runaway Daughters (1994) with Dick Miller, Roger Corman, and Joe Flaherty
Get Crazy (1983) with Malcolm McDowell, Lou Reed, Bobby Sherman, Mary Woronov, and Paul Bartel
Revenge of the Zombie (1981) with Marilyn Burns
Crisis in Mid-air (1979) with George Peppard and Martin Milner
Disco Fever (1978) with Michael Blodgett and Casey Kasem
Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold (1978) with Kim Basinger and Tab Hunter
Getting Married (1978) with Mark Harmon and Bess Armstrong
The Day the Lord Got Busted (1976) with William Bonner and Casey Kasem
Little Laura and Big John (1973) with Karen Black
A Bullet for Pretty Boy (1970) with Jocelyn Lane and Adam Roarke
The Devil's 8 (1969) with Christopher George, Leslie Parrish, Ralph Meeker, and Ross Hagen
Maryjane (1968) with Diane McBain and Frank Alesia
The Wild Racers (1968) with Mimsy Farmer
Thunder Alley (1967) with Annette Funicello, Diane McBain, Warren Berlinger, and Jan Murray
Fireball 500 (1966) with Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, Julie Parrish, and Harvey Lembeck
Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (1966) with Vincent Price, Franco Franchi, Ciccio Ingrassia, and Laura Antonelli
Ten Little Indians (1966) with Hugh O'Brian, Shirley Eaton, and Daliah Lavi
Dear Brigitte (1965) with James Stewart and Billy Mumy
Ride the Wild Surf (1964) with Peter Brown, Tab Hunter, Barbara Eden, Shelley Fabares, and Susan Hart
The Longest Day (1962) with Eddie Albert, Paul Anka, John Wayne, and an all-star cast
Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962) with Barbara Eden, Red Buttons, Peter Lorre, and Barbara Luna
Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962) with James Stewart, John Saxon, and Maureen O'Hara
Love in a Goldfish Bowl (1961) with Tommy Sands, Jan Sterling, and Denny Miller
High Time (1960) with Bing Crosby, Tuesday Weld, and Yvonne Craig
North to Alaska (1960) with John Wayne, Stewart Granger, and Ernie Kovacs
Hound Dog Man (1959) with Stuart Whitman and Carol Lynley

TELEVISION GUEST APPEARANCES
Murphy Brown, episode Opus One, originally aired April 6, 1998
Blossom, episodes Beach Blanket Blossom: Parts 1 and 2, originally aired February 21, 1994
The Facts of Life, episode 62 Pick Up, originally aired February 21, 1987
The New Love, American Style, episode Love And The Girl Of My Dreams, originally aired January 3, 1986
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, episode Mystery On The Avalanche Express, originally aired February 26, 1978
Laverne & Shirley, episode Laverne & Shirley Meet Fabian, originally aired November 22, 1977
The Love Boat, episode All's Affair In Love And War, originally aired October 6, 1977
The F.B.I., episode The Unknown Victim, originally aired January 3, 1971
The Rat Patrol, episode The B Negative Raid, originally aired January 30, 1967
The Virginian, episode Outcast, originally aired October 26, 1966
Daniel Boone, episode The First Beau, originally aired December 9, 1965
The Virginian, episode Two Men Named Laredo, originally aired January 6, 1965
The Eleventh Hour, episode ?, originally aired January 1964
Wagon Train, episode The Molly Kincaid Story, originally aired September 16, 1963
The Virginian, episode Say Goodbye to All That, originally aired January 23, 1963
Bus Stop, episode A Lion Walks Among Us, originally aired December 3, 1961

links

The Fabulous Fabian
This is the official web site for Fabian and contains information about Fabian's life and career over the past 50+ years. Through the aid of pictures you will meet his family and friends, recall his movie and TV roles, be able to listen to original recordings of his most popular songs and have access to his calendar of performances and events. Lots of photos!
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