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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 6 July 1918London, England, UK
Date of Death 22 August 1977North Saanich, British Columbia, Canada  (stroke)
Birth NameCharles Sebastian Thomas Cabot
Nickname Sabby
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Sebastian Cabot was born on July 6, 1918 in London, England as Charles Sebastian Thomas Cabot. He was an actor, known for Family Affair (1966), The Jungle Book (1967) and The Sword in the Stone (1963). He was married to Kay. He died on August 22, 1977 in North Saanich, British Columbia, Canada.

Spouse (1)

Kay (1940 - 22 August 1977) (his death) (3 children)

Trade Mark (4)

More often than not sported a beard
Giles French on Family Affair (1966)
Roles in Disney films
Rich vibrant voice

Trivia (17)

Was a chauffeur to British actor Frank Pettingell before becoming an actor himself.
Worked at one time as a garage mechanic.
Father of actress Annette Cabot (born 1941) and actor Christopher Cabot (born 1943).
He was cremated after death and his ashes were interred at Westwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
Approached with the script for the pilot of Family Affair (1966), he originally did not want to do it, and did not care for the writing or his role - a stereotypical, staid, dignified English butler - but the money being offered for the pilot was better than decent, so he reluctantly agreed. The series sold, and for the next five seasons he endeared himself to a generation of viewers as the manservant Giles French. Cabot became bored with the role and the series very early. He confided that both he and Brian Keith were bored to the point of exhaustion for the last two seasons. Once the series ended, he appeared on talk shows and even a game show or two to break a serious typecast.
Entertained the troops during World War II.
When the war ended, he made his London stage debut in 1945, at age 27, in "A Bell for Adano".
After leaving school at age 14, he never had another day of formal education, and later worked as a chef - which helped precipitate his growth to 260 pounds - and spent three years as a professional wrestler in London before World War II, an activity ended by an injury.
When his father's business failed, Cabot left school at age 14 and began working as a garage helper, the first of many menial jobs. Well into his fifties, his first love was cars and tinkering with them and their engines.
For an actor who specialized in elegant and upper-class, educated roles, he was actually born a Cockney, a decidedly lower, or working class, group of people, who typically live in London's East End or close-in eastern suburbs.
Best remembered for his role as gentleman's gentleman (also known as a valet) Giles French on Family Affair (1966).
Interestingly, on a spoken word album, he delivered dramatic recitations of songs by Bob Dylan on the album: "Sebastian Cabot, actor a dramatic reading with music Bob Dylan, poet".
Highly popular with the Disney franchise, he worked well in voice roles (Bagheera in The Jungle Book (1967); the narrator of Winnie the Pooh tales; the voice of Sir Ector in The Sword in the Stone (1963).
At one point, due to illness, it was necessary for him to take a leave of absence from portraying his character of Giles French during the popular run of Family Affair (1966). He was temporarily replaced by veteran British character actor John Williams, as French's brother Nigel, or Niles. His absence was explained as Giles being summoned to assist the Queen (of England).
Sebastian Cabot had the same name (and may have been named after) the Sebastian Cabot who lived from 1474 to 1557 and was a famous explorer of the Americas shortly after Columbus' discovery of the New World.
Good friends with Julie London and Bobby Troup.
He and his Dick Barton Strikes Back (1949) co-star Don Stannard were involved in a car crash in Cookham Dean, Berkshire, England, UK on July 9, 1949. Stannard, who was driving, was killed instantly but Cabot escaped with only minor injuries.

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