Fabian

Biography

A recording artist from age 14, 1950s teen-idol Fabian rose to stardom with such Doc Pomus/ Mort Shuman compositions as “Hound Dog Man” and “Turn Me Loose.” Fabian functioned best under the careful tutelage of Bandstand producer Dick Clark and with the benefit of the songwriting input of Pomus and Shuman. Many of his earliest film appearances (North to Alaska [1960], Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation [1962]) indicated that Fabian could be an appealing screen personality with the proper guidance. His popularity suffered a severe setback when he guest-starred as a psychopathic killer on the 1961 TV series Bus Stop; the episode, “A Lion is in the Streets,” was considered so reprehensibly violent that it prompted a congressional investigation. While he continued to make records and film appearances, Fabian’s career peaked in the early 1960s and went downhill thereafter. Billing himself as Fabian Forte from 1970 onward, the singer/actor has continued to work in cheap horror films and cycle flicks, and has made a few

moderately successful TV guest appearances. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Filmography

2003 Most Famous Hits: Bo Diddley Live – With Chubby Checker, Fabian and Others

1999 Mr. Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Alan Freed Story

1996 Up Close & Personal

Character played: Himself

1994 Runaway Daughters

Character played: Mr. Rusoff

1986 Lo Negro Del Negro

1985 Goodtime Rock ‘n’ Roll, Vol. 1

1981 Kiss Daddy Goodbye

1978 Katie: Portrait of a Centerfold

1978 Disco Fever

1976 Soul Hustler

1976 Getting Married

1973 Little Laura & Big John

Character played: John

1969 The Devil’s 8

Character played: Sonny

1968 The Wild Racers

Character played: Jo-Jo

1968 Maryjane

Character played: Phil Blake

1967 Thunder Alley

Character played: Tommy Callahan

1966 Spie Vengono dal Semifreddo

Character played: Bill Dexter

1966 Fireball 500

Character played: Leander

1965 Ten Little Indians

Character played: Mike Raven

1965 Dear Brigitte

Character played: Kenneth

1964 Ride the Wild Surf

Character played: Jody Wallis

1962 The Longest Day

Character played: U.S. Ranger

1962 Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation

Character played: Joe

1962 Five Weeks in a Balloon

Character played: Jacques

1961 Love in a Goldfish Bowl

Character played: Giuseppe “Seppi” La Barba

1960 North to Alaska

Character played: Billy Pratt

1960 High Time

Character played: Gil Sparrow

1959 Hound-Dog Man

Character played: Clint

N/A America’s Music, Vol. 16: Rock ‘n Roll 2

N/A America’s Music, Vol. 15: Rock ‘n Roll 1

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