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|Born||Antonio Juan Fargas
August 14, 1946
New York City, New York, U.S.
Fargas, one of eleven children, was born in New York City to Mildred (née Bailey) and Manuel Fargas. His father worked for the city of New York. His son Justin Fargas is a NFL running back drafted in 2003.
After starring in a string of blaxploitation movies in the early '70s, such as his role as Link Brown in the movie Foxy Brown and in Across 110th Street, he gained recognition as streetwise informant "Huggy Bear" in the mid-'70s television series Starsky and Hutch. As a nod to his early roles, he had a part in the blaxploitation spoof, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, as well as another Wayans brothers "hood" parody, Don't Be a Menace. Some notable appearances on British television shows include participating in series 4 of the reality series I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! which began in November 2004 and an appearance on Frank Sidebottom's Proper Telly Show in early 2006. He also appeared in ABC's All My Children in the mid-1980s as the father of Angie Hubbard. He guest starred in the sitcom Living Single, and recently played the part of Toledo in a revival of August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester (2006). He had a regular role as 'Doc' on Everybody Hates Chris. Fargas also played the driver in the music video of Backstreet Boys hit "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)". He currently lives in Las Vegas.
Argentine band Babasónicos released a song in their 1998 B-sides album Vórtice Marxista called Antonio Fargas. The song's chorus repeats the phrase "Antonio Fargas is Huggy Bear", in Spanish, and is meant to be homage to Antonio.
Fargas's son Justin, a University of Southern California alumnus, was the starting running back for the Oakland Raiders. Fargas appeared recently on an episode of Fox's Lie to Me as the father of a murdered firefighter.