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Encyclopedia > Sebastian Cabot (actor)

Sebastian Cabot (July 6, 1918 – August 22, 1977) was a film and television actor, best remembered as a gently composed "gentleman's gentleman" in the 1960s situation comedy Family Affair, but his sonorous voice and understated style belied his frequent typecasting as an Englishman trying to make sense of America. July 6 is the 187th day of the year (188th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 178 days remaining. ... 1918 (MCMXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. ... August 22 is the 234th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (235th in leap years), with 131 days remaining. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... A valet or gentlemans gentleman is a mans male servant. ... // Family Affair Family Affair was a situation comedy television series that aired on CBS from September 12, 1966 to September 9, 1971. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Official language None; English is de facto Capital London Capitals coordinates 51° 30 N, 0° 10 W Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831...

Sebastian Cabot
Sebastian Cabot

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Early career

Cabot was born in London, England. His career began with a bit part in Foreign Affaires (1935); his first screen credit was in Alfred Hitchcock's Secret Agent (1936). Other British films such as Love on the Dole, Pimpernel Smith, Old Mother Riley: Detective, and Old Mother Riley: Overseas followed. In 1946, he won the role of Iago in Othello. By 1947, Cabot had relocated to Hollywood, and landed roles in such films as They Made Me A Fugitive, Third Time Lucky, The Spider and the Fly, Ivanhoe, Babes in Baghdad, The Love Lottery, and the 1954 Italian version of Romeo and Juliet as Capulet. In 1960 he appeared in George Pal's production of HG Wells' The Time Machine as the practical and sensible Dr Hillyer. London (pronounced ) is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2005 est. ... Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE (August 13, 1899 – April 29, 1980) was a highly influential British director and producer who pioneered many techniques in the suspense and thriller genres. ... Secret Agent is a 1936 British film directed by Alfred Hitchcock based on a novel by W. Somerset Maugham. ... Love on the Dole is a novel by Walter Greenwood, about working class poverty in 1930s Northern England. ... Pimpernel Smith is a 1941 propaganda film, directed by and starring Leslie Howard, which updates the Scarlet Pimpernel story from Revolutionary France to World War II Europe. ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, commonly referred to as Romeo and Juliet, is a tragedy by William Shakespeare concerning the fate of two young star-crossd (ill-fated) lovers. ... The seal of the House of Capulet The Capulets were a fictional Ghibelline family of Verona at mortal feud with the fictional family, the Montagues in William Shakespeares play Romeo and Juliet. ... The Time Machine is a novel by H. G. Wells, first published in 1895, later made into two films of the same title. ...


At about this time Cabot began taking on television work, appearing in such series as Along the Oregon Trail, The Adventures of Hiram Holliday, Checkmate, The Beachcomber, and an unforgettable appearance in The Twilight Zone episode "A Nice Place to Visit", as the white-suited, courtly provider — who turns out to be the devil himself — of a vain but disillusioned man's every wish. Cabot was also a regular panelist on the TV game show Stump the Stars. In 1964, Cabot hosted the short-lived television series, Suspense, and voiced or narrated a few other film and television projects, before he was cast as Giles French in the CBS series Family Affair. The Adventures of Hiram Holliday was a half-hour filmed comedy/adventure series which ran for 23 episodes on NBC from October 3, 1956 to February 27, 1957. ... Checkmate was an intelligently written 1960 television series about a private detective agency set in San Francisco that featured Anthony George, Sebastian Cabot and Doug McClure. ... The Twilight Zones original opening The Twilight Zone was a television anthology series created (and often written) by its narrator and host Rod Serling. ... “A Nice Place to Visit” is an episode of the television series The Twilight Zone. ... Stump The Stars (originally known as the Pantomime Quiz) was an American television game-show hosted by Mike Stokey and Pat Harrington, Jr. ... CBS (an abbreviation for Columbia Broadcasting System, its former legal name) is one of the largest television networks, and formerly one of the largest radio networks, in the United States. ... // Family Affair Family Affair was a situation comedy television series that aired on CBS from September 12, 1966 to September 9, 1971. ...


A Gentleman's Gentleman

Family Affair wasn't exactly a new concept; the bachelor uncle left to raise his suddenly orphaned nieces or nephews was as old as radio legend The Great Gildersleeve (1941-57) and as recent on television as Bachelor Father. But its comedy was gentle, sentimental, often saccharine but nevertheless written and acted sensitively enough to capture a wide audience for five years. Unlike The Great Gildersleeve, whose title character reined in his pomposity and learned to live with being the occasional fool, or Bachelor Father’s breezy suburban attorney Bentley Gregg, Family Affair’s patriarchal, urbane uncle, William Davis (played by Brian Keith), understated the tension between his formerly swinging bachelor life and his on-the-job-training-like surrogate fatherhood. Once he accepted the idea (it took about three episodes) that he'd be raising grade-school twins Buffy and Jody Davis, (played by Anissa Jones and Johnny Whitaker) and teenaged niece Catherine "Cissy" Davis (played by Kathy Garver), he discovered he had more to offer young parentally-bereaved children than just his tastefully arresting Manhattan penthouse apartment and his wealth. // Family Affair Family Affair was a situation comedy television series that aired on CBS from September 12, 1966 to September 9, 1971. ... A bachelor is a man above the age of majority who has never been married (see single). ... Orphans, by Thomas Kennington An orphan (from the Greek ορφανός) is a person (or animal), who has lost one or both parents often through death. ... -1... Sitcom starred John Forsythe and debuted in the Fall of 1957 on CBS. The setup of the show was a wealthy attorney and bachelor named Bentley Gregg is living in Beverly Hills and must assume the responsibility of raising his niece, Kelly, whose parents died in an auto accident. ... Brian Keith (November 14, 1921 – June 24, 1997) was an American stage, film and television actor. ... Anissa Jones as Buffy on Family Affair Mary Anissa Jones (March 11, 1958 – August 28, 1976) was an American child actress, born in West Lafayette, Indiana. ... John O. Whitaker, Jr. ... TV actress (born on December 13, 1947 in Long Beach, California, although some sources indicated December 31, 1947) and one of the last two surviving members of the original TV series Family Affair, which also starred Brian Keith, Sebastian Cabot, Nancy Walker, John Williams, and Anissa Jones, all deceased. ...


As French, Cabot balanced the tension with his rotund appearance, his genteel but slightly befuddled manner, and his occasionally implied romanticism, tending his bachelor employer and enduring his own growing pains as a surrogate parental figure. He was striking enough in that regard to help the show secure its audience — it was almost as much fun for viewers to anticipate his reactions as anything else on the show. Some of the show's most memorable sequences, in fact, involved French's relationships with various female housekeepers/nannies with whom he spent time as their employers' children played together in nearby parks, and there were hints throughout the series that French himself had a romantic interest (usually, with a "Miss Fabersham") that he was never quite able to let himself fulfill. The hand mirror and comb of the Roman Goddess Venus is often used to represent the female sex. ... Romantic love is a form of love that is often regarded as different from mere needs driven by sexual desire, or lust. ...


Typecast?

Cabot didn't cease his other film and television work during the series' run — in fact, he took a leave of absence (his stand-in: veteran British character actor John Williams, as French's brother Nigel, or Niles) from Family Affair at one point during the series' run — and he worked well in voice roles (Bagheera in The Jungle Book; the narrator of Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day; host of Journey to Midnight). But he was so vivid as French that he never shook the image even after Family Affair finally ended production in 1971. Perhaps Cabot's most memorable role following the series' demise was in the television remake of Miracle on 34th Street. On the one hand, Cabot lent the role of Kris Kringle a hinted depth that referenced old Giles French's maturing sensitivity, but on the other hand he wasn't enough to make viewers forget Edmund Gwenn's incomparable ownership of the role in the film that still receives an average thirty showings on Christmas-season television. In fairness, he couldn't possibly compete with that kind of saturation, but it was to his credit that he acquitted himself as he did. A voice actor (also a voice artist) is a person who provides voices for animated characters (including those in feature films, television series, animated shorts), voice-overs in radio and television commercials, audio dramas, dubbed foreign language films, video games, puppet shows, and amusement rides. ... French edition, 1957. ... Miracle on 34th Street (also titled The Big Heart in the UK) is a 1947 film which tells the story of a gentle old man, working as a Santa Claus at Macys department store in New York City, who contends that he is the real deal. ... Kris Kringle is an alternate figure from Christmass no to be confused with more famous Santa Claus and was in popular use in the Germany through the middle of the 20th century. ... Edmund Gwenn (September 26, 1875 – September 6, 1959) was a theatre and film actor. ...


Epilogue

Cabot appeared in another Christmas project, the television film The City That Forgot About Christmas (1974), and narrated two more Pooh projects, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, Too! and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, before his death of a stroke in North Saanich, British Columbia, Canada at age 59. He lived his final years near Sidney, British Columbia. Audiences almost three decades after his death remain familiar with Cabot, through periodic replays of his Twilight Zone appearance and, once in awhile, a syndicated revival of Family Affair reruns. A memorable career high point was his two-year stint as one of the three leads on Eric Ambler's superb 1960 detective show Checkmate (TV series). Christmas or Christmas Day is an annual holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus. ... A stroke, also known as cerebrovascular accident (CVA),[1] is an acute neurologic injury in which the blood supply to a part of the brain is interrupted. ... Motto: Splendor Sine Occasu (Latin: Splendour without diminishment) Official languages English de facto (none stated in law) Flower Pacific dogwood Tree Western Redcedar Bird Stellers Jay Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Lieutenant-Governor Iona Campagnolo Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Parliamentary representation  - House seats  - Senate seats 36 6 Area... Sidney is a town located at the northern end of the Saanich Peninsula, on Vancouver Island in the Canadian province of British Columbia. ... Note, this page is about the television series and its two revivals. ... // Family Affair Family Affair was a situation comedy television series that aired on CBS from September 12, 1966 to September 9, 1971. ... Eric Ambler (28 June 1909 - 22 October 1998) was an influential English writer who essentially invented the modern spy novel. ... Checkmate was an intelligently written 1960 television series about a private detective agency set in San Francisco that featured Anthony George, Sebastian Cabot and Doug McClure. ...


Of the other Family Affair cast, Anissa Jones — whose off-camera life was as troubled as her character's became bucolic — died of a drug overdose at age 18. Brian Keith, depressed by a daughter's suicide and his own battle with lung cancer, committed suicide in 1997; he had previously starred in a 1980s TV series, Hardcastle and McCormick. Johnnie Whittaker acted in a few television and film roles following Family Affair, but has not been known to have acted since 1977's Mulligan's Stew. Kathy Garver has since made a low-keyed but respected career as an actress, particularly in voiceover work and in audio books. // Family Affair Family Affair was a situation comedy television series that aired on CBS from September 12, 1966 to September 9, 1971. ... Anissa Jones as Buffy on Family Affair Mary Anissa Jones (March 11, 1958 – August 28, 1976) was an American child actress, born in West Lafayette, Indiana. ... Hardcastle and McCormick is a 1980s action/drama series from Stephen J. Cannell productions, shown on ABC from 1983-1986, starring Brian Keith as Judge Milton C. Hardcastle and Daniel Hugh Kelly as ex-con and race car driver Mark Skid McCormick. ... TV actress (born on December 13, 1947 in Long Beach, California, although some sources indicated December 31, 1947) and one of the last two surviving members of the original TV series Family Affair, which also starred Brian Keith, Sebastian Cabot, Nancy Walker, John Williams, and Anissa Jones, all deceased. ...


Sebastian Cabot is interred in the urn garden in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California near Brian Keith. Cemetery view looking South-East. ... Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Area    - City 1,290. ...


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Sebastian Cabot (actor) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (723 words)
Sebastian Cabot (July 6, 1918 – August 22, 1977) was a film and television actor, best remembered as a gently composed "gentleman's gentleman" in the 1960s situation comedy Family Affair, but his sonorous voice and understated style belied his frequent typecasting as an Englishman trying to make sense of America.
Cabot as French balanced the tension with his rotund appearance, his genteel but slightly befuddled manner, and his occasionally implied romanticism, tending his bachelor employer and enduring his own growing pains as a surrogate parental figure.
Sebastian Cabot is interred in the urn garden in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California near Brian Keith.
Sebastian: Information From Answers.com (1558 words)
A skull that is said to be Sebastian's is held as relic in the basilica of Santi Quattro Coronati, in Rome.
As a protector from the plague, Sebastian was formerly one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.
Sebastian, like Saint George, was one of a class of military martyrs and soldier saints of the Early Christian Church, whose cults originated in the 4th century and culminated at the end of the Middle Ages, in the 14th and 15th centuries, both in the East and the West.
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