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Sebastian Cabot

Biography

English actor who especially played out Giles French in the 1960s sitcom, Family members Affair, and in addition starred within the Captain’s Heaven, Kismet, and Seven Thieves. He fallen out of college at age group fourteen and started working because the chauffeur of acting professional Frank Pettingell. His association with Pettingell influenced him to become listed on a theatre organization and pursue a profession in performing. His voice performing credits are the Jungle Publication (1967) and THE COUNTLESS Journeys of Winnie the Pooh (1977). He and his wife, Kathleen, experienced three kids: Annette, Yvonne, and Christopher. He co-starred with Anthony George and Doug McClure within the detective series, Checkmate. The display also featured visitor star looks by Peter Lorre along with other notable actors.

Quick Facts


Full Name Sebastian Cabot
Date Of Birth July 6, 1918
Died August 22, 1977, North Saanich, Canada
Place Of Birth England
Height 1.73 m
Profession TV Actor
Nationality Italian
Spouse Kay Cabot
Children Christopher Cabot, Annette Cabot, Yvonne Cabot
Parents John Cabot, Mattea Cabot
Siblings Ludovico Cabot, Sancius Cabot
Awards Grammy Award for Best Album for Children, TV Land Best Broadcast Butler Award
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, TV Land Favorite Nanny Award
Movies The Jungle Book, The Sword in the Stone, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, The Time Machine, Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, Terror in a Texas Town, The Family Jewels, Twice-Told Tales, Kismet, Johnny Tremain, Westward Ho the Wagons!, Ivanhoe, The Love Lottery, Miracle on 34th Street, Seven Thieves, Black Patch, Say One for Me, Always a Bride, The Angry Hills, Romeo and Juliet, Dragoon Wells Massacre, Dick Barton Strikes Back, The Captain's Paradise, Midnight Episode, The Adventures of Jane, Omar Khayyam, The Spy Killer, Old Mother Riley's Jungle Treasure, Old Mother Riley's New Venture, Third Time Lucky, Journey to Midnight, Le imprese di una spada leggendaria, Foreign Exchange, Mantelli e spade insanguinate, So Soon to Die, Jack the Ripper, Her Lucky Day
TV Shows Ghost Story, Family Affair, Journey to the Unknown, Checkmate, The Beachcomber
Star Sign Cancer

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#Fact
1He and his Dick Barton Strikes Back (1949) co-star Don Stannard were involved in a car crash in Cookham Dean, Berkshire, England, UK on July 9, 1949. Stannard, who was driving, was killed instantly but Cabot escaped with only minor injuries.
2Good friends with Julie London and Bobby Troup.
3Sebastian Cabot had the same name (and may have been named after) the Sebastian Cabot who lived from 1474 to 1557 and was a famous explorer of the Americas shortly after Columbus' discovery of the New World.
4At one point, due to illness, it was necessary for him to take a leave of absence from portraying his character of Giles French during the popular run of Family Affair (1966). He was temporarily replaced by veteran British character actor John Williams, as French's brother Nigel, or Niles. His absence was explained as Giles being summoned to assist the Queen (of England).
5Highly popular with the Disney franchise, he worked well in voice roles (Bagheera in The Jungle Book (1967); the narrator of Winnie the Pooh tales; the voice of Sir Ector in The Sword in the Stone (1963).
6Interestingly, on a spoken word album, he delivered dramatic recitations of songs by Bob Dylan on the album: "Sebastian Cabot, actor a dramatic reading with music Bob Dylan, poet".
7Best remembered for his role as gentleman's gentleman (also known as a valet) Giles French on Family Affair (1966).
8For an actor who specialized in elegant and upper-class, educated roles, he was actually born a Cockney, a decidedly lower, or working class, group of people, who typically live in London's East End or close-in eastern suburbs.
9When his father's business failed, Cabot left school at age 14 and began working as a garage helper, the first of many menial jobs. Well into his fifties, his first love was cars and tinkering with them and their engines.
10After leaving school at age 14, he never had another day of formal education, and later worked as a chef - which helped precipitate his growth to 260 pounds - and spent three years as a professional wrestler in London before World War II, an activity ended by an injury.
11When the war ended, he made his London stage debut in 1945, at age 27, in "A Bell for Adano".
12Entertained the troops during World War II.
13Approached with the script for the pilot of Family Affair (1966), he originally did not want to do it, and did not care for the writing or his role - a stereotypical, staid, dignified English butler - but the money being offered for the pilot was better than decent, so he reluctantly agreed. The series sold, and for the next five seasons he endeared himself to a generation of viewers as the manservant Giles French. Cabot became bored with the role and the series very early. He confided that both he and Brian Keith were bored to the point of exhaustion for the last two seasons. Once the series ended, he appeared on talk shows and even a game show or two to break a serious typecast.
14He was cremated after death and his ashes were interred at Westwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
15Father of actress Annette Cabot (born 1941) and actor Christopher Cabot (born 1943).
16Worked at one time as a garage mechanic.
17Was a chauffeur to British actor Frank Pettingell before becoming an actor himself.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day1968ShortNarrator (voice)
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1956-1967TV SeriesNarrator / Bissonette
The Jungle Book1967'Bagheera' the Panther (voice)
Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree1966ShortNarrator (voice)
The Beverly Hillbillies1965TV SeriesLucas Sebastian
The Bravo Duke1965TV Movie
The Family Jewels1965Dr. Matson
Mister Ed1965TV SeriesProfessor Thorndike
My Three Sons1964TV SeriesTom Morrison
Suspense1964TV SeriesHost
The Sword in the Stone1963Sir Ector / Narrator in opening sequence (voice)
Twice-Told Tales1963Dr. Carl Heidigger
The Dick Powell Theatre1962-1963TV SeriesHenry / Jack Potter
The Beachcomber1962TV SeriesCommissioner Andrew Crippen
Checkmate1960-1962TV SeriesDr. Carl Hyatt
The Flood1962TV MovieNoah (voice)
Stryker of the Yard1962TV SeriesLorenzo Kataro
The Islanders1960TV SeriesEric Whitaker
The Time Machine1960Dr. Philip Hillyer
The Twilight Zone1960TV SeriesMr. Pip
Seven Thieves1960Director of Casino
Pony Express1960TV SeriesJules Renni
Bonanza1960TV SeriesDon Antonio Luga
Man with a Camera1960TV SeriesAmos
Hotel de Paree1959TV SeriesClete
Mantelli e spade insanguinate1959Porthos
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse1959TV Series
Markham1959TV SeriesJason / Albergat
Say One for Me1959Monsignor Francis Stratford
The Redeemer1959Narrator
The Angry Hills1959Chesney
The Third Man1959TV SeriesCharles Biddy
Shirley Temple's Storybook1958TV SeriesEmperor / King
In Love and War1958Professor D. Everett Styles (scenes deleted)
Terror in a Texas Town1958Ed McNeil
Climax!1958TV SeriesCaptain Wilkins
Suspicion1958TV SeriesMr. Foster / Mr. Podgers
Le imprese di una spada leggendaria1958Porthos
Telephone Time1958TV SeriesPrince of Wales
The Adventures of McGraw1958TV SeriesNorman Hendricks
Schlitz Playhouse1957TV SeriesSignore Alferri
Zorro1957TV SeriesJudge Vasca
Cheyenne1957TV SeriesGen. Dubeauchaie
General Electric Theater1957TV SeriesMr. Miraud
Black Patch1957Frenchy De'vere
Omar Khayyam1957The Nizam
La spada imbattibile1957Porthos
Johnny Tremain1957Jonathan Lyte
The King's Musketeers1957Porthos
Dragoon Wells Massacre1957Jonah
Gunsmoke1955-1957TV SeriesProfessor Jacoby / Bailey
The Adventures of Hiram Holliday1956-1957TV SeriesMonsieur Cerveaux / Caid / Gimel
Playhouse 901957TV SeriesBlaize
Westward Ho, the Wagons!1956Bissonette
Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre1956TV SeriesSenore LaTorre
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1956TV SeriesNathaniel Baldwin / Mr. Davidson
The Three Musketeers1956TV SeriesPorthos
Kismet1955Wazir
Conrad Nagel Theater1955TV Seriesthe Monk / Castelnuovo / Newcastle / ...
I cavalieri della regina1954Porthos
Romeo and Juliet1954Capulet
The Love Lottery1954Suarez
Always a Bride1953Taxi Driver
The Captain's Paradise1953Ali (Vendor)
Rheingold Theatre1953TV SeriesIndetermined Role
Heights of Danger1953Jakes
Her Three Bachelors1953Osmonde
The Affair at Assino1953/ITV MoviePietro Pacetti
Babes in Bagdad1952Sinbad
Ivanhoe1952Clerk of Copmanhurst
Jungle Treasure1951Morgan the Pirate
Sherlock Holmes1951TV Mini-SeriesJabez Wilson
Laughter in Paradise1951Card Player (uncredited)
The Children of Camp Fortuna1951TV MovieMr. Popopolis
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre1951TV SeriesMr. Fitch
Wonder Boy1951Pizzo
Midnight Episode1950Benno
The Adventures of Jane1949Traveling Man
The Spider and the Fly1949Prefect at Amiens
Old Mother Riley's New Venture1949Potentate
Dick Barton Strikes Back1949Fouracada
The Good Companions1949TV MovieMonte Mortimer
Third Time Lucky1949Benny Bennett
A Song on the Wind1948TV MovieM. Dupont
I Became a Criminal1947Club Proprietor
Dual Alibi1947Loterie Nationale Official
The Cherry Orchard1947TV MoviePischik
Othello1946ShortIago
Teheran1946
The Agitator1945Bit Role (uncredited)
Old Mother Riley Overseas1943Bar Steward
Old Mother Riley Detective1943Bit Role (uncredited)
Jeannie1941Bit Role (uncredited)
'Pimpernel' Smith1941Bit Role (uncredited)
Love on the Dole1941Man in Crowd at Betting Payout (uncredited)
Foreign Affaires1935Bit Role (uncredited)
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh1977Narrator (voice)
Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too1974ShortNarrator (voice)
Man, Monsters and Mysteries1974ShortNarrator (voice)
The City That Forgot About Christmas1974TV Short voice
Miracle on 34th Street1973TV MovieKris Kringle
Search1973TV SeriesTheodore Tobler
Circle of Fear1972TV SeriesWinston Essex
McCloud1971TV SeriesSidney Cantrell
The Red Skelton Hour1961-1971TV SeriesChief Copperside / Mr. Chiselwick - London Tour Guide / R. S. Quickie / ...
Family Affair1966-1971TV SeriesMr. Giles French
The Governor & J.J.1970TV SeriesSebastian Cabot
To Rome with Love1970TV SeriesGiles French
Foreign Exchange1970TV MovieMax
The Spy Killer1969TV MovieMax
Journey to Midnight1968Host

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Frank and Ollie1995Documentary performer: "Bear Necessities" - uncredited
The Jungle Book1967performer: "The Bare Necessities Reprise" 1967
The Sword in the Stone1963performer: "Blue Oak Tree" 1963 - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Hollywood Squares1967-1972TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
Laugh-In1972TV SeriesHimself
The Grand Opening of Walt Disney World1971TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Linkletter Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The Dean Martin Show1969TV SeriesHimself
Stump the Stars1962-1969TV SeriesHimself - Regular Panelist / Himself - Regular Panelis
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1962-1968TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Joey Bishop Show1967-1968TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1968TV SeriesHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1966TV SeriesHimself
The Object Is1964TV SeriesHimself
Fractured Flickers1963TV SeriesHimself
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
CBS Fall Preview Special: Seven Wonderful Nights1961TV Movie documentaryHimself
Schlitz Playhouse1955TV SeriesHimself - Host

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Bare Necessities: The Making of 'The Jungle Book'2007Video documentary shortHimself - Voice of Bagheera
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: You Can Fly1988Video shortBagheera
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: The Bare Necessities1987Video shortBagheera
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1958-1961TV SeriesBissonette / Jonathan Lyte

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2004TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsBest Broadcast ButlerFamily Affair (1966)
1975GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Recording for ChildrenWinnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (1974)· Richard M. Sherman (music and lyrics by)
· Robert B. Sherman (music and lyrics by)
· Sterling Holloway (performed by)
· Paul Winchell (performed by)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsFavorite NannyFamily Affair (1966)
1968Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy SeriesFamily Affair (1966)
1968GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Recording for ChildrenThe Jungle Book (1967)· Larry Blake (produced by)
· Richard M. Sherman (music and lyrics by)
· Robert B. Sherman (music and lyrics by)
· Terry Gilkyson (music and lyrics by - "The Bare Necessities")
· Phil Harris (performed by)
· Bruce Reitherman (performed by)
· Darleen Carr (performed by)
· Bill Lee (performed by)
· Louis Prima (performed by)
· Sterling Holloway (performed by)
· J. Pat O'Malley (performed by)
· Chad Stuart (performed by)
· Lord Tim Hudson (performed by)
· Digby Wolfe (performed by)
1966GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Recording for ChildrenWinnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966)· Richard M. Sherman (music and lyrics by)
· Robert B. Sherman (music and lyrics by)
· Sterling Holloway (performed by)
· Bruce Reitherman (performed by)


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#Trademark
1Rich vibrant voice
2Roles in Disney films
3Giles French on Family Affair (1966)
4More often than not sported a beard

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