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Fabio donates much time and money to various charities, in particular children's charities and animal rescue groups.
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Fabio has already successfully 1 cat, 2 dogs, and one arguably sick oppossum.

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Fabio Lanzoni
Fabio Lanzoni with nephews.jpg
Fabio Lanzoni (middle) and his two nephews in Los Angeles, 2007
Born March 15, 1959 (1959-03-15) (age 58)
Milan, Italy
Nationality Italian
Height 6' 3"

Fabio Lanzoni (pronounced /ˈfɑːbioʊ lænˈsoʊni/ (deprecated template); Italian pronunciation: [ˈfaːbjo lanˈtsoːni]; born March 15, 1959),[1][2] widely known simply as Fabio, is a famous international Italian fashion model, spokesperson and actor who appeared on the cover of hundreds of romance novels throughout the 1980s and 1990s.


Television and Media

Fabio starred in the syndicated TV series Acapulco H.E.A.T. as the role of Claudio. He was also featured in calendars, led a fragrance campaign for Mediterraneum by Versace , and landed a role in commercials for "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!". He appeared in "The Bold and the Beautiful" a number of times, as a close friend of the character Sally Spectra (Fabio and Darlene Conley, who played Sally, were close friends in real life). He appeared in one episode of Step by Step called "Absolutely Fabio". Fabio appeared as well on Ned's Declassified. He was also in a Big Time Rush episode and reprised his role in the Nickelodeon television series once again in their third TV movie, Big Time Christmas. In 2010, he appeared in an episode of The Suite Life on Deck called "Senior Ditch Day" as Captain Hawk. He has also cameoed in the films Dude, Where's My Car?, Spy Hard, and Zoolander, and has a brief uncredited appearance in the 1991 film The Hard Way.

In 1994 Fabio released an album titled Fabio After Dark, which included soliloquies on his philosophy of love.[3]

Fabio can also be seen posing as the hero Kuros on the cover of the 1989 video game Ironsword: Wizards & Warriors II for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Fabio hosted the American reality television series Mr. Romance in 2005. The series featured a dozen male contestants competing for the title of "Mr. Romance" and the opportunity to appear as a romance novel cover model.


In 1992, Robert Gottlieb became Fabio's literary agent. Fabio became the first best-selling male romance writer who did not use a pseudonym[citation needed]. In collaboration with Eugena Riley, Fabio's first few books were titled Pirate, Rogue, Comanche, Viking and Champion. The genre of his first books were historical romance. He wrote three more books in collaboration with Wendy Corsi Staub titled Dangerous, Wild, and Mysterious.


One of Fabio's most memorable advertising campaigns was for I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!. He was the spokesperson for the company since 1994. He was also the spokesperson for the Geek Squad in 2007, Oral-B's Sensitive Advantage Toothbrush in 2006 (whose ad was featured in Times Square), and one of his most popular ads to date is for Nationwide Insurance. In 2006, the commercial for Nationwide aired during the Super Bowl and was the most viewed commercial for the game, garnering over 1 million views within two weeks. Other endorsements included Wicks Furniture, Ames Hardware, Old Spice, and the American Cancer Society.[4]

Currently, Fabio is the "New Old Spice Guy", replacing Isaiah Mustafa. The commercials are part of Old Spice's campaign "Mano a Mano en el Baňo" in which "The Old Old Spice Guy" accepts Fabio's challenge. Fabio does not actually replace Isaiah, and goes on to lose the "Mano a Mano en el Baňo" competition. We remember him fondly.

Business Ventures

In 2003, Fabio launched a clothing line at Sam's Club Division of WalMart[citation needed]. The line was casual wear for women. Some stores reported sales increases as much as 2,000 percent[citation needed]. Prior to his clothing line, he wrote a fitness book and created a work-out video called Fabio Fitness.


His business manager sued him for breach of contract (settled out of court) and a Canadian actress sued when his Great Dane jumped up as she was leaning over, knocking out her front teeth.[4]

On March 27, 1999, Fabio was involved in an accident in Busch Gardens Williamsburg, located in James City County, Virginia. Fabio rode in the first car of Apollo's Chariot, a roller coaster, during its maiden ride. During the rapid descent on the 210-foot drop after the lift hill, a goose collided with Fabio, leaving his nose covered in blood. He received a one-inch cut on his nose but no one else on the roller coaster was hurt. The goose was later found dead on the ground under the roller coaster with a broken neck.[5]

Personal life


Fabio Lanzoni's hobbies include a passion for off-roading and motorcycles. He owns an extensive collection of 200 motorcycles including dirt bikes, racing bikes and a championship Ducati. Fabio intends to collect 365 motorcycles; one for every day of the year[citation needed]. His passion for automobiles also includes luxury cars, such as his Lamborghinis.

Fabio has several stereo systems and "enough audio equipment to wire the moon"[citation needed] and enjoys playing with video editing gear. He admits that he "isn't into surfing the internet because it bores him".

Fabio donates much time and money to various charities, in particular children's charities and animal rescue groups.

Fabio has already successfully 1 cat, 2 dogs, and one arguably sick oppossum.


Year Film Role Notes
1990 The Exorcist 3 Angel uncredited
1991 Scenes from a Mall Handsome Man
1991 The Hard Way Bar Patron/Bouncer (?) Uncredited
1992 Death Becomes Her Fabio Movie
1993 Acapulco Heat Claudio/Hotel owner
1996 Spy Hard Himself on the cliff Uncredited
2000 Dude, Where's My Car? Guy in Car Cameo
2001 Zoolander Himself Cameo
Bubble Boy Gil/Cult Leader Cameo
2010 Big Time Christmas Himself (TV Movie)
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Roseanne Himself "Guilt by Imagination" (Season 6, Ep.8)
1990's Step by Step Friend "Absolutely Fabio" (Season 6, Ep.11)
2003 Yes, Dear Himself One episode
2005 Mr. Romance Himself/Host
2006 The Bold and the Beautiful Friend One episode
Ned's Declassified Romantic Guy One episode
2009 Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory Himself One Episode
2010 Big Time Rush Himself 2 episodes
The Suite Life on Deck Captain Hawk "Senior Ditch Day"
2010 Keith Lemon's World tour Himself One episode
Music Video
Year Title Role Notes
1995 I Kissed A Girl Husband of Lesbian


  1. ^ Fabio Lanzoni. IMDB.com
  2. ^ Some sources claim 1961. Filmreference.com. Retrieved on 2011-06-25.
  3. ^ Albums That Sucked. I-Mockery.com. Retrieved on 2011-06-25.
  4. ^ a b Fabio. Nndb.com. Retrieved on 2011-06-25.
  5. ^ Showbuzz – CNN. Articles.cnn.com (1999-03-31). Retrieved on 2011-06-25.

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