Antonio Sabàto Jr.
|Antonio Sabàto Jr.|
Antonio Sabato (2006)
February 29, 1972 |
|Spouse(s)||Alicia Tully Jensen (m. 1992–93)
Cheryl Mona Marie (m. 2012)
|Partner(s)||Virginia Madsen (1993–1998)
Kristin Rossetti (2000-2007)
|Parent(s)||Antonio Sabàto Sr.
Antonio Sabàto Jr. (born February 29, 1972) is an Italian-born 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.
- 1 Youth
- 2 Career
- 3 Hosting
- 4 Politics
- 5 Endorsements
- 6 Personal life
- 7 Film and television appearances
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
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. His maternal grandfather was a Czech aristocrat, and his maternal grandmother was Jewish and survived the Holocaust. Sabàto's family moved to the United States when he was 13, in 1985. 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.
Represented in Los Angeles by esteemed fashion agent, Omar Albertto, 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).
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.
In 2013 he played Father Zaragosa in the television series The League.
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.
2018 Congressional campaign
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.
Endorsement of Donald Trump
After his endorsement, Sabàto had reported that he was blacklisted from Hollywood. 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. After addressing the Republican National Convention, Sabàto told ABC News that he believes that President Barack Obama is a Muslim, saying, "We had a Muslim president for seven and a half years."
Views on illegal immigration
Regarding illegal immigration, Sabàto has said, "There should be no shortcuts for those who don't want to pay or wait". He supports Trump's wall on the southern border, and has said, “We need a wall.”
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.
Religion in schools
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. 
Sabàto was in a relationship with Alicia Tully Jensen from May 16, 1992 to July 1993. 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. 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. Sabàto and Marie were married in Kauai on September 25, 2012. Sabàto filed for divorce on December 20, 2016.
Film and television appearances
- Il ragazzo delle mani d’acciaio (1990) as Kevin Foster
- Fuga da Kayenta (1991) as Emiliano
- General Hospital as Jagger Cates (1992–1994, 1995)
- Moment of Truth: Why My Daughter? (1993) as A.J. Treece
- Jailbreakers (1994) as Tony
- Earth 2 as Alonzo Solace (1994–1995)
- Melrose Place as Jack Parezi (1995)
- Her Hidden Truth as Det. Matt Samoni (1995)
- If Looks Could Kill as John Hawkins (1996)
- Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman as Earl Gregg, a.k.a. Bob Stanford, a.k.a. Deathstroke in the episode "Bob and Carol and Lois and Clark" (1996)
- Code Name: Wolverine as Harry Gordini a.k.a. Wolverine (1996)
- High Voltage (1997)
- The Big Hit as Vince (1998)
- Ally McBeal as Kevin Wyatt (1999; Episode 221, "The Green Monster")
- Fatal Error (1999) as Dr. Nick Baldwin
- Tribe as Jack Osborne (1999)
- Guilty as Charged (Base II) as Sgt. Hawks (2000)
- Charmed 2 Episodes - Season 2 "Ms. Hellfire" & "Give Me A Sign" as Bane Jessup (2000)
- Shark Hunter as Spencer Northcut
- Hypersonic (2002) as Grant Irvine
- Flavor of Love as himself (2006; Season 1)
- The Chaos Factor as Jack Poynt (2000)
- The Outer Limits as Chad Warner in the episode "Skin Deep" (2000)
- Testosterone as Pablo Alesandro (2003)
- Bugs (2003) as Matt Pollack
- The Help as Dwayne (2004)
- Deadly Skies as Donovan (2005)
- Crash Landing as Major John Masters (2005)
- The Bold and the Beautiful as Dante Damiano (2005–2006)
- Destination: Infestation as Ethan Hart (2007)
- Reckless Behavior: Caught on Tape as Greg Vlasi (2007)
- Ghost Voyage as Michael (2008)
- Celebrity Circus as himself (2008)
- General Hospital: Night Shift as Jagger Cates (2008)
- Ugly Betty as himself (2009)
- My Antonio as himself (2009)
- Drifter: Henry Lee Lucas as notorious serial killer, Henry Lee Lucas (2009)
- Scrubs as Antonio (Episode Titled "Our Drunk Friend"-2009)
- Princess of Mars as John Carter (2009)
- CSI: NY as Davi Santos (2010)
- Rizzoli & Isles as Jorge
- The Arrangement as himself (2010)
- Hot in Cleveland (1 episode — Dancing Queens) as Palo, the GBF (Gay Best Friend) of Victoria Chase (2011)
- Secrets From Her Past as Shawn (2011)
- Celebrity Wife Swap as himself (2012)
- The Three Stooges as Bobby Farrelly (2012)
- Hell's Kitchen as himself (2013)
- Baby Daddy as Gerard (2013)
- The League as Father Zaragosa (2013)
- Dancing with the Stars as himself/contestant (2014).
- Fix It and Finish It (2014–present) as himself
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- McCaskill, Nolan D. (18 July 2016). "Sabàto, after RNC speech, says Obama 'absolutely' a Muslim". Politico.
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- "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 Twitter.com.
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- "Antonio Sabato, Jr., Named International Celebrity Spokesperson for AnastasiaDate". Prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2016-06-14.
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- Outlet, Moncler. "Antonio Sabato Jr.'s New Son Gets 22-Letter Hawaiian Middle Name (But Who's Counting?)". NameCandy. Retrieved 2011-10-03.
- Rizzo, Monica (2012-10-26). "Antonio Sabato Jr. Marries Cheryl Moana Marie in Hawail". People. Retrieved 2012-10-26.
- 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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