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Antonio Sabato Jr.



When heartthrob Antonio Sabato Jr. joined the cast of ABC's soap opera General Hospital in the spring of 1992, the show jumped from seventh to third in the daytime Nielsen Ratings. The relative newcomer inspired over 300 fan letters a week, appeared on the cover of TV Guide, and landed a coveted spot in People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People issue. He has since proven to be one of the hottest commodities to come out of daytime television, nabbing a series of prime-time roles, publishing a best-selling "beefcake" calendar, and modeling in the most successful Calvin Klein Underwear campaign in the company's history.

A leap year baby, Sabato was born in Rome, Italy, on February 29, 1972. His father, Antonio Sabato Sr., a veteran Italian actor with credits in dozens of spaghetti Westerns and his mother, Yvonne, a real estate agent, moved Sabato and his sister to Beverly Hills in 1984. Knowing very little English, Sabato spent his time watching American television and taking ESL courses. He attended Beverly Hills High, where he took acting classes as a way to practice his new language and make friends. At 16, Sabato left school and temporarily moved to New York in an effort to experience life on his own.

In 1989, after earning his G.E.D., Sabato decided to concentrate on acting. With his father's help, he secured a role in the 1990 Italian film Karate Rock. That same year, he appeared stateside as the topless hunk in Janet Jackson's video for "Love Will Never Do Without You." This led to Sabato's television debut as Jagger Cates, a good-hearted, hash-slinging boxer on General Hospital. For his performance in one of daytime's most memorable and brooding roles -- Jagger's moody leitmotif was Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" -- Sabato earned Soap Opera Digest Award nominations for Hottest Male and Outstanding Newcomer. Banking on his newfound fame, the actor began moonlighting in movies of the week, starring opposite Dallas' Linda Gray as a deadly Casanova in Moment of Truth: Why My Daughter? (1993) and Beverly Hills 90210's Shannon Dougherty as an escaped convict in Jailbreakers (1994).

Sabato shocked fans when he abruptly left General Hospital in 1994 (though they did temporarily forgive him when he returned to the show for a brief cameo a year later). He subsequently joined the cast of NBC's Earth 2, a prime-time science fiction series about a group of humans who must flee Earth when it becomes uninhabitable. Developed by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment and produced by Michael Dugan (Law & Order), Carol Flint (China Beach), and Mark Levin (The Wonder Years), the show had an impressive pedigree and was expected to be a smash hit. Yet, audiences did not buy into its futuristic premise, which featured Sabato as a rocket pilot; NBC canceled Earth 2 after only one season. Hesitant to commit himself to another series, Sabato signed on to appear as Amanda's (Heather Locklear) abusive ex-husband in six episodes of FOX's Melrose Place before starring in a succession of television films. In Her Hidden Truth (1995), he played a smitten cop who helps wrongfully convicted Kellie Martin clear her name. In If Looks Could Kill: From the Files of America's Most Wanted (1996), he portrayed real-life con artist and murderer John Hawkins. In Thrill (1996), he starred as an engineer who must put aside his fear of heights to rescue his daughter from a roller coaster that is rigged with a bomb.

Meanwhile, fashion designer Calvin Klein saw If Looks Could Kill on television and personally requested to meet with Sabato. By the summer of 1996, the actor was the spokesperson for Calvin Klein Underwear, the company's first celebrity model since Mark Wahlberg four years earlier. During his tenure with Calvin Klein, Sabato appeared in a campaign photographed by Herb Ritts and on a 90-foot billboard in the middle of Times Square.

In 1998, Sabato made his big-budget American debut opposite Wahlberg, Lou Diamond Phillips, and

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Inspired to Kill
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Remote Paradise
  • Dario
2016
No Score Yet All I Want for Christmas
  • Mike Patterson
2015
51% The Three Stooges
  • Handsome Guy #1
2012
51% John Carter
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Drifter: Henry Lee Lucas
  • Henry Lee Lucas
2009
No Score Yet Princess of Mars
  • John Carter
2009
No Score Yet Gardel, 2008
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Ghost Voyage
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Destination: Infestation (Swarm) (Ants on a Plane)
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Deadly Skies
  • Donovan
2007
No Score Yet Bad Girl Island
  • Actor
2007
6% Testosterone (Testosteroni)
  • Pablo
2004
No Score Yet Crash Landing
  • Major John Masters
2004
No Score Yet Dead Above Ground
  • Sgt. Dan De Sousa
2003
No Score Yet Testosterone
  • Pablo
2003
No Score Yet Wasabi Tuna
  • Frederico
2003
No Score Yet See Jane Date
  • Timothy Rommelly
2003
No Score Yet Hyper Sonic
  • Grant Irvine
2003
No Score Yet Bugs
  • Matt Pollack
2003
No Score Yet Seconds to Spare
  • Paul Blake
2002
No Score Yet Shark Hunter
  • Spencer
2001
No Score Yet Mindstorm
  • Dan Oliver
2001
No Score Yet Guilty as Charged
  • Sgt. Hawks
2000
No Score Yet The Chaos Factor
  • Jack Poynt
2000
No Score Yet Fatal Error (Reaper)
  • Dr. Nick Baldwin
1999
41% The Big Hit
  • Vince
1998
No Score Yet The Perfect Getaway
  • Randy Savino
1998
No Score Yet High Voltage
  • Johnny
1997
No Score Yet Code Name: Wolverine
  • Harry Gordini
1996
No Score Yet Thrill
  • Jack Coulson
1996
No Score Yet Her Hidden Truth
  • Det. Matt Samanie
1995
No Score Yet Moment of Truth: Why My Daughter?
  • Director
1993
No Score Yet Born to Race
  • Lombardo
1988
No Score Yet Beyond The Law
  • Ben Novack
1968
100% Grand Prix
  • Actor
1966

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
Chopped
2009
  • Appearing
No Score Yet NCIS
2003
  • Actor
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Kevin Wyatt
Joey
2004-2006
  • Kyle
No Score Yet Rizzoli & Isles
2010-2016
  • Actor
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
72% Castle
2009-2016
  • Ramon Russo
No Score Yet Bones
2005
  • Terror
No Score Yet Ugly Betty
2006-2010
  • Himself
No Score Yet Baby Daddy
2012-2016
  • Gerard
No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars
2005
  • Reality cast member
  • Actor
No Score Yet Celebrity Wife Swap
2012-2015
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
  • Davi Santos
No Score Yet FABLife
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Hot in Cleveland
2010-2015
  • Leandro
No Score Yet Femme Fatales
2011-2012
  • Actor

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