Abel Fernandez

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Abel Fernandez
Abel Fernandez 1960 (cropped).JPG
Fernandez in The Untouchables, 1960.
Born Abel Gonzalez Fernandez
(1930-07-14)July 14, 1930
East Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died May 3, 2016(2016-05-03) (aged 85)
Whittier, California, U.S.
Cause of death Lung cancer
Occupation actor
Years active 1953–2002

Abel Gonzalez Fernandez (July 14, 1930 – May 3, 2016)[1] was an American actor who played in movies from 1953 to 2002. He was best known for his role as Federal Agent William "Bill" Youngfellow on the 1959-1963 ABC Television series The Untouchables.

Biography[edit]

Fernandez was born in Los Angeles, California, on July 14, 1930. His mother was Yaqui Indian and his father, Mexican Indian. He was the youngest of a large family and lost his mother at birth. He attended Belmont High School in Los Angeles, and at the age of 16, enlisted in the United States Army and became a paratrooper.[2]

While there, he won the title, Middleweight Boxing Champ of the Asiatic Forces. In 1950, as an amateur, he won the light heavyweight title in Los Angeles Golden Gloves competition After his discharge, he was a professional boxer from 1950 to 1953,[2] when he studied acting and began appearing in films.

In 1964, Fernandez was sentenced to 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to failing to file state tax returns in California for four years. Additionally, he had to pay $4,750 in taxes, plus penalties, and be on probation for four years.[3]

Film and TV[edit]

Fernandez' film debut came in Second Chance (1953).[2]

He was the only cast member from the original Untouchables lineup in the series' 1959 "Scarface Mob" pilot, other than Robert Stack himself, to be cast for the series. His character is based on that of William Jennings Gardner, Native American member of the real-life Untouchables federal squad.

Fernandez has also appeared in dozens of T.V.and film roles in series such as Daniel Boone, Bonanza, Time Tunnel, Gunsmoke, "Batman, Wagon Train, "The Virginian, "Have Gun–Will Travel, and Marcus Welby M.D., as well as theatrical films such as Fort Yuma, Target Zero, Second Chance (1953) with Robert Mitchum, Alaska Seas starring Robert Ryan (also 1953), Rose Marie with Fernando Lamas (1954), The Last Wagon (1956), Pork Chop Hill starring Gregory Peck (1959), Madigan with Richard Widmark (1968), Quicksilver (1986), and many more.[4] He also appeared in the ABC TV series The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (with Lee Aaker) as an Apache warrior.

He occasionally produced theatrical shows for disadvantaged children.

Death[edit]

Fernandez died on May 3, 2016 from lung cancer at a hospital in Whittier, California, aged 85.[5] His survivors included four children.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Biography for Abel Fernandez, www.imdb.com. Accessed 2009-05-22.
  2. ^ a b c "Ex-Boxer, Paratrooper Now An 'Untouchable'". The Daily Reporter (Ohio, Dover). July 9, 1960. p. 36. Retrieved June 20, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  3. ^ "Actor Given 90-Day Term". Arizona Republic (Arizona, Phoenix). Associated Press. July 2, 1964. p. 28. Retrieved June 20, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  4. ^ Abel Fernandez, www.imdb.com. Accessed 2009-05-22.
  5. ^ "Abel Fernandez, One of Eliot Ness' 'The Untouchables' on Television, Dies at 85". Hollywood Reporter.com. May 6, 2016. Retrieved May 6, 2016. 
  6. ^ Lentz, Harris III (June 2016). "Abel Fernandez, 85". Classic Images (492): 51. 
  • "The TV Collector" (August–September 1985, Page 18)
  • "TV Radio Mirror" (February 1961, Pages 66 & 67)

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