Antonio Sabàto Jr.

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Antonio Sabàto Jr.
Antonio Sabato.jpg
Sabàto in 2006
Born (1972-02-29) February 29, 1972 (age 45)
Rome, Italy
Residence Thousand Oaks, California, U.S.
Citizenship Italian, American
Occupation Actor, model
Years active 1990–present
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Alicia Tully Jensen
(m. 1992; div. 1993)

Cheryl Moana Marie
(m. 2012)
Partner(s) Virginia Madsen
Kristin Rossetti
Children 3
Parent(s) Antonio Sabàto Sr.
Yvonne Kabouchy
Website Campaign website

Antonio Sabàto Jr. (born February 29, 1972) is an Italian-American actor and model. Born in Italy and raised in the United States, Sabàto first became known as a Calvin Klein model and for his role on the soap opera General Hospital. He has continued appearing in films and television series throughout the 1990s and 2000s, and has appeared and competed in a number of reality television shows, including My Antonio in 2009, in which various women competed to become his girlfriend.

On May 8, 2017, Sabàto filed to run for U.S. Congress against incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley in California's 26th district.[1]


Sabàto was born in Rome, Italy. His mother, Yvonne Kabouchy, is a realtor born in Prague (in the former Czechoslovakia), and his father, Antonio Sabàto Sr., is an Italian actor born in Montelepre, Province of Palermo, Sicily, Italy.[2][3] His maternal grandfather was a Czech aristocrat, and his maternal grandmother was Jewish and survived the Holocaust.[4][5] Sabàto's family moved to the United States when he was 13, in 1985.[4] He attended St. Bernard High School (Los Angeles, California), before transferring to Beverly Hills High School in Beverly Hills, California. Sabàto became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1996.[6]



Represented in Los Angeles by esteemed fashion agent, Omar Albertto,[7] Sabàto first gained attention as a Calvin Klein underwear model. In 1990 he appeared in Janet Jackson's "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" music video along with actor Djimon Hounsou, who is also a former CK underwear model (and also represented by Albertto).


Moving into acting, from 1992 through 1995 he appeared on the soap opera General Hospital, the science fiction series Earth 2 and on the prime time soap opera Melrose Place.

Throughout the late 1990s, he starred in various TV movies and direct-to-video films, as well as a supporting role in the 1998 feature film.

In 2003 he played the protagonist's lover Pablo in the movie Testosterone filmed in Argentina with Sonia Braga, David Sutcliffe, Jennifer Coolidge, Celina Font and Leonardo Brezicki.

From 2005 to 2006, Sabàto played Dante Damiano on the daytime soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful, and in 2008, Sabàto reprised his role of Jagger Cates on the second season of General Hospital: Night Shift.[8]

Sabàto made an appearance on Bones as a bouncer from a Jersey Shore club in season 6, episode 3, "The Maggots in the Meathead" in 2010.[9]

In 2013 he played Father Zaragosa in the television series The League.

Reality television[edit]

In 2005, Sabàto appeared on But Can They Sing?, a celebrity reality singing competition on VH1, coming in 5th place.

He competed in the 2008 NBC competition Celebrity Circus, which he won. He noted during the show that both his mother and his mother's father had been circus performers.[10]

In August 2009, Sabàto starred in My Antonio, a reality show on VH1 in which female contestants competed to win his heart. The show notably featured Sabàto's ex-wife, Tully Jensen, as one of the contestants (she came in 3rd place), and his mother also appeared on the show, providing advice. The show's winner was Brooke Barlow.[11]

Sabàto and his family appeared on ABC's Celebrity Wife Swap on January 31, 2012. His then-fiancé Cheryl Moana Marie Nunes traded places on the show with WWE wrestler Mick Foley's wife, Colette Foley.

Sabàto competed on season 19 of Dancing with the Stars in 2014. He was paired with professional dancer Cheryl Burke,[12] and they finished in 8th place.[13]


Starting in September 2014, he has served as the host of the syndicated home remodeling show Fix It and Finish It.[14]


2018 Congressional campaign[edit]

On Monday, May 8, 2017, Sabàto filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission announcing plans to run for the 26th district Congressional seat in California as a Republican against incumbent Democrat Julia Brownley.[15]

Endorsement of Donald Trump[edit]

Sabàto endorsed Donald Trump for president in 2016.[16] He spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention in support of the party's presumptive nominee.[17]

After his endorsement, Sabàto had reported that he was blacklisted from Hollywood.[18] In an interview with Variety, he stated that he was mocked on Twitter by other celebrities and pointed out that the industry donates millions to both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.[19] After addressing the Republican National Convention, Sabàto told ABC News that he believes that President Barack Obama is a Muslim,[20][21] saying, "We had a Muslim president for seven and a half years."[22]

Views on illegal immigration[edit]

Regarding illegal immigration, Sabàto has said, "There should be no shortcuts for those who don't want to pay or wait".[23] He supports Trump's wall on the southern border, and has said, “We need a wall.”[24]


Sabàto has claimed President Obama has "no guts," that he "destroyed this economy" through executive orders, and that Obama should be arrested and sent to the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.[25]

Sabàto has also claimed that Obama is a Muslim because "Obama" is not a Christian name, and because he believed that Obama did not attend church as president.[25]

Sabàto, who was once a Democrat, has implied that Obama is the reason he left the Democratic Party.[25]

Religion in schools[edit]

Sabàto said in an ABC interview in early 2017 that, "the Bible is completely out of the schools” because of Barack Obama, indicating he would like to bring religion back into schools.[25]


On May 13, 2013, Sabàto was named the international celebrity spokesperson for AnastasiaDate.[26]

Personal life[edit]

Sabàto was in a relationship with Alicia Tully Jensen from May 16, 1992 to July 1993.[27] He has a son, Jack Antonio (born August 6, 1994), from his relationship with actress Virginia Madsen and a daughter, Mina Bree (born August 29, 2002), with longtime girlfriend Kristin Rossetti (2000–07). He briefly dated Brooke Barlow, who won his 2009 dating competition show My Antonio, between the time the show finished taping and when it aired.[11] In May 2011, Sabàto announced that he and Cheryl Moana Marie had welcomed a son, Antonio Kalani (meaning “a beloved gift from the heavens") Harvey Sabàto III.[28][29] Sabàto and Marie were married in Kauai on September 25, 2012.[29] Sabàto filed for divorce on December 20, 2016.[30]

Film and television appearances[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mehta, Seema (May 9, 2017). "Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. to run for Congress against Rep. Julia Brownley". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-05-09. 
  2. ^ Carter, Alan (1993-04-23). "Raising TV's Pulse Rate". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  3. ^ Lovece, Frank (2008-07-21). "Reality Check". Newsday. 
  4. ^ a b Elkin, Michael (2009-08-13). "The Mysteries of a Mystery Woman". The Jewish Exponent. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  5. ^ Hoffman, Allison (2009-08-13). "A Nice Jewish Boy: Hunky Antonio Sabato Jr. looks for love on TV, with help from his mother". Tablet Magazine. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  6. ^ "Antonio Sabato, Jr. Biography (1972-)". Filmreference. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  7. ^ "Omar Albertto on FASHION NET". 
  8. ^ "General Hospital: Night Shift Returns on July 22 with Antonio Sabato Jr". BuddyTV. 2008-07-11. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  9. ^ "Antonio Sabato, Jr. To Bring Some Jersey to Bones". Archived from the original on 15 August 2010. Retrieved August 13, 2010. 
  10. ^ Rocchio, Christopher (2007-07-17). "Antonio Sabato Jr. wins NBC's Celebrity Circus reality series". Reality TV World. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  11. ^ a b Duncan, JJ (October 26, 2009). "'My Antonio' Winner Brooke Barlow Says She and Antonio Haven't Spoken for Months". Zimbio. 
  12. ^ Elizabeth Wagmeister (2014-09-04). "'Dancing With The Stars' Season 19 Cast — 'DWTS' Celebrities Announced". Hollywood Life. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  13. ^ Reiher, Andrea (2014-10-27). "'Dancing With the Stars' Season 19 week 7 scores and elimination results – Zap2It". Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  14. ^ "Antonio Sabato, Jr. | Fix It and Finish It". Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  15. ^ Jerkovich, Katie (May 9, 2017). "This Actor Who Spoke At RNC Just Declared Plans To Run For Congress". Daily Caller. Washington, DC. Retrieved May 9, 2017. 
  16. ^ Jonathan, Robert. "Antonio Sabato Jr. sounds off on Trump and Cruz." Inquisitr. 2016-04-08. Retrieved 2016-07-17.
  17. ^ Tim Tebow: Speaking slot at Trump convention 'a rumor', Associated Press (July 14, 2016).
  18. ^ O'Neal, Sean (August 4, 2016). "Antonio Sabato Jr. says Hollywood has blacklisted him for supporting Trump". Retrieved August 8, 2016. 
  19. ^ Setoodeh, Ramin (August 3, 2016). "Antonio Sabato Jr. Says Hollywood is Blacklisting Him for Supporting Donald Trump". Retrieved August 8, 2016. 
  20. ^ McCaskill, Nolan D. (18 July 2016). "Sabàto, after RNC speech, says Obama 'absolutely' a Muslim". Politico. 
  21. ^ Stein, Jeff (18 July 2016). "President Obama is "absolutely" a Muslim, says RNC speaker/soap opera star/underwear model". Vox. 
  22. ^ Hayden, Michael Edison (18 July 2016). "Antonio Sabato Jr. Says He's 'Absolutely' Sure Obama's a Muslim After RNC Speech". ABC News. 
  23. ^ "CNN on Twitter - Antonio Sabato Jr.: "There should be no shortcuts for those who don't want to pay or wait"". 18 July 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016 – via 
  24. ^ Stahl, Jeremy (2016-07-18). "Here Are the Most Random, Oddest Speakers from the First Day of the GOP Convention". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved 2017-05-10. 
  25. ^ a b c d Morrow, Brendan (2017-05-08). "Antonio Sabato Jr.'s Political Views: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Retrieved 2017-05-10. 
  26. ^ "Antonio Sabato, Jr., Named International Celebrity Spokesperson for AnastasiaDate". Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  27. ^ "Antonio Sabato Jr". People. 1994-05-09. 
  28. ^ Outlet, Moncler. "Antonio Sabato Jr.'s New Son Gets 22-Letter Hawaiian Middle Name (But Who's Counting?)". NameCandy. Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
  29. ^ a b Rizzo, Monica (2012-10-26). "Antonio Sabato Jr. Marries Cheryl Moana Marie in Hawail". People. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  30. ^ Goldblatt, Daniel (15 May 2017). "Antonio Sabato Jr.'s Estranged Wife Cheryl Alleges He Has Drug Abuse Issues Amid Divorce Filing". People. Retrieved 17 May 2017. 

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