Known for movies

Short Info

DiedAugust 22, 1977, North Saanich, Canada
SpouseKay Cabot
MarkRoles in Disney films
FactHe 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.


Sebastian Cabot (c. 1484 – c. 1557) was an English explorer and navigator. He is best known for his work with John Cabot on the latter’s 1497 voyage to North America.

Born in Bristol, England, Sebastian Cabot was the son of John Cabot, an Italian-born explorer and navigator. Sebastian accompanied his father on his 1497 voyage to North America, serving as pilot and interpreter. The two made landfall in Newfoundland, becoming the first Europeans to reach the continent since the Norse centuries before.

Sebastian Cabot went on to have a successful career in exploration and navigation in his own right. He led several voyages to North America, charting the coastline of what is now Canada. He also explored parts of South America, including the Amazon River. In later years, he served as an advisor and cartographer to King Henry VIII of England.

At the time of his death in 1557, Sebastian Cabot was one of the most well-known and respected explorers in the world. His legacy continues to this day, with many place names in North America bearing his name.

Early Life

Sebastian Cabot was born in Bristol, England, around 1484. His father, John Cabot, was an Italian-born explorer and navigator who had come to England in 1495. Sebastian’s mother was English.

Sebastian had two brothers, Lewis and Sanctus. He also had a sister, Clara.

From a young age, Sebastian showed an interest in exploration and navigation. He accompanied his father on his 1497 voyage to North America, serving as pilot and interpreter. The two made landfall in Newfoundland, becoming the first Europeans to reach the continent since the Norse centuries before.

Career

Sebastian Cabot went on to have a successful career in exploration and navigation in his own right. He led several voyages to North America, charting the coastline of what is now Canada. He also explored parts of South America, including the Amazon River. In later years, he served as an advisor and cartographer to King Henry VIII of England.

At the time of his death in 1557, Sebastian Cabot was one of the most well-known and respected explorers in the world. His legacy continues to this day, with many place names in North America bearing his name.

General Info

Full NameSebastian Cabot
DiedAugust 22, 1977, North Saanich, Canada
Height1.73 m
ProfessionChauffeur, Voice Actor, Chef, Professional Wrestler
NationalityItalian

Family

SpouseKay Cabot
ChildrenChristopher Cabot, Annette Cabot, Yvonne Cabot
ParentsJohn Cabot, Mattea Cabot
SiblingsLudovico Cabot, Sancius Cabot

Accomplishments

AwardsGrammy Award for Best Album for Children, TV Land Best Broadcast Butler Award
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, TV Land Favorite Nanny Award
MoviesThe Jungle Book, The Sword in the Stone, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, The Time Machine, Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, The Family Jewels, Twice-Told Tales, Terror in a Texas Town, Johnny Tremain, Kismet, Seven Thieves, Westward Ho the Wagons!, Ivanhoe, The Captain's Paradise, Dick Ba...
TV ShowsGhost Story, Family Affair, Journey to the Unknown, Checkmate, The Beachcomber

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Marks

#Marks / Signs
1Rich vibrant voice
2Roles in Disney films
3Giles French on Family Affair (1966)
4More often than not sported a beard

Facts

#Fact
1He 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.
2Good friends with Julie London and Bobby Troup.
3Sebastian 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.
4At 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).
5Highly 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).
6Interestingly, 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".
7Best remembered for his role as gentleman's gentleman (also known as a valet) Giles French on Family Affair (1966).
8For 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.
9When 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.
10After 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.
11When the war ended, he made his London stage debut in 1945, at age 27, in "A Bell for Adano".
12Entertained the troops during World War II.
13Approached 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.
14He was cremated after death and his ashes were interred at Westwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
15Father of actress Annette Cabot (born 1941) and actor Christopher Cabot (born 1943).
16Worked at one time as a garage mechanic.
17Was a chauffeur to British actor Frank Pettingell before becoming an actor himself.

Pictures

Movies

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day1968ShortNarrator (voice)
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1956-1967TV SeriesNarrator / Bissonette
The Jungle Book1967'Bagheera' the Panther (voice)
Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree1966ShortNarrator (voice)
The Beverly Hillbillies1965TV SeriesLucas Sebastian
The Bravo Duke1965TV Movie
The Family Jewels1965Dr. Matson
Mister Ed1965TV SeriesProfessor Thorndike
My Three Sons1964TV SeriesTom Morrison
Suspense1964TV SeriesHost
The Sword in the Stone1963Sir Ector / Narrator in opening sequence (voice)
Twice-Told Tales1963Dr. Carl Heidigger
The Dick Powell Theatre1962-1963TV SeriesHenry / Jack Potter
The Beachcomber1962TV SeriesCommissioner Andrew Crippen
Checkmate1960-1962TV SeriesDr. Carl Hyatt
The Flood1962TV MovieNoah (voice)
Stryker of the Yard1962TV SeriesLorenzo Kataro
The Islanders1960TV SeriesEric Whitaker
The Time Machine1960Dr. Philip Hillyer
The Twilight Zone1960TV SeriesMr. Pip
Seven Thieves1960Director of Casino
Pony Express1960TV SeriesJules Renni
Bonanza1960TV SeriesDon Antonio Luga
Man with a Camera1960TV SeriesAmos
Hotel de Paree1959TV SeriesClete
Mantelli e spade insanguinate1959Porthos
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse1959TV Series
Markham1959TV SeriesJason / Albergat
Say One for Me1959Monsignor Francis Stratford
The Redeemer1959Narrator
The Angry Hills1959Chesney
The Third Man1959TV SeriesCharles Biddy
Shirley Temple's Storybook1958TV SeriesEmperor / King
In Love and War1958Professor D. Everett Styles (scenes deleted)
Terror in a Texas Town1958Ed McNeil
Climax!1958TV SeriesCaptain Wilkins
Suspicion1958TV SeriesMr. Foster / Mr. Podgers
Le imprese di una spada leggendaria1958Porthos
Telephone Time1958TV SeriesPrince of Wales
The Adventures of McGraw1958TV SeriesNorman Hendricks
Schlitz Playhouse1957TV SeriesSignore Alferri
Zorro1957TV SeriesJudge Vasca
Cheyenne1957TV SeriesGen. Dubeauchaie
General Electric Theater1957TV SeriesMr. Miraud
Black Patch1957Frenchy De'vere
Omar Khayyam1957The Nizam
La spada imbattibile1957Porthos
Johnny Tremain1957Jonathan Lyte
The King's Musketeers1957Porthos
Dragoon Wells Massacre1957Jonah
Gunsmoke1955-1957TV SeriesProfessor Jacoby / Bailey
The Adventures of Hiram Holliday1956-1957TV SeriesMonsieur Cerveaux / Caid / Gimel
Playhouse 901957TV SeriesBlaize
Westward Ho, the Wagons!1956Bissonette
Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre1956TV SeriesSenore LaTorre
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1956TV SeriesNathaniel Baldwin / Mr. Davidson
The Three Musketeers1956TV SeriesPorthos
Kismet1955Wazir
Conrad Nagel Theater1955TV Seriesthe Monk / Castelnuovo / Newcastle / ...
I cavalieri della regina1954Porthos
Romeo and Juliet1954Capulet
The Love Lottery1954Suarez
Always a Bride1953Taxi Driver
The Captain's Paradise1953Ali (Vendor)
Rheingold Theatre1953TV SeriesIndetermined Role
Heights of Danger1953Jakes
Her Three Bachelors1953Osmonde
The Affair at Assino1953/ITV MoviePietro Pacetti
Babes in Bagdad1952Sinbad
Ivanhoe1952Clerk of Copmanhurst
Jungle Treasure1951Morgan the Pirate
Sherlock Holmes1951TV Mini-SeriesJabez Wilson
Laughter in Paradise1951Card Player (uncredited)
The Children of Camp Fortuna1951TV MovieMr. Popopolis
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre1951TV SeriesMr. Fitch
Wonder Boy1951Pizzo
Midnight Episode1950Benno
The Adventures of Jane1949Traveling Man
The Spider and the Fly1949Prefect at Amiens
Old Mother Riley's New Venture1949Potentate
Dick Barton Strikes Back1949Fouracada
The Good Companions1949TV MovieMonte Mortimer
Third Time Lucky1949Benny Bennett
A Song on the Wind1948TV MovieM. Dupont
I Became a Criminal1947Club Proprietor
Dual Alibi1947Loterie Nationale Official
The Cherry Orchard1947TV MoviePischik
Othello1946ShortIago
Teheran1946
The Agitator1945Bit Role (uncredited)
Old Mother Riley Overseas1943Bar Steward
Old Mother Riley Detective1943Bit Role (uncredited)
Jeannie1941Bit Role (uncredited)
'Pimpernel' Smith1941Bit Role (uncredited)
Love on the Dole1941Man in Crowd at Betting Payout (uncredited)
Foreign Affaires1935Bit Role (uncredited)
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh1977Narrator (voice)
Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too1974ShortNarrator (voice)
Man, Monsters and Mysteries1974ShortNarrator (voice)
The City That Forgot About Christmas1974TV Short voice
Miracle on 34th Street1973TV MovieKris Kringle
Search1973TV SeriesTheodore Tobler
Circle of Fear1972TV SeriesWinston Essex
McCloud1971TV SeriesSidney Cantrell
The Red Skelton Hour1961-1971TV SeriesChief Copperside / Mr. Chiselwick - London Tour Guide / R. S. Quickie / ...
Family Affair1966-1971TV SeriesMr. Giles French
The Governor & J.J.1970TV SeriesSebastian Cabot
To Rome with Love1970TV SeriesGiles French
Foreign Exchange1970TV MovieMax
The Spy Killer1969TV MovieMax
Journey to Midnight1968Host

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Frank and Ollie1995Documentary performer: "Bear Necessities" - uncredited
The Jungle Book1967performer: "The Bare Necessities Reprise" 1967
The Sword in the Stone1963performer: "Blue Oak Tree" 1963 - uncredited

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Hollywood Squares1967-1972TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
Laugh-In1972TV SeriesHimself
The Grand Opening of Walt Disney World1971TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Linkletter Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The Dean Martin Show1969TV SeriesHimself
Stump the Stars1962-1969TV SeriesHimself - Regular Panelist / Himself - Regular Panelis
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1962-1968TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Joey Bishop Show1967-1968TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1968TV SeriesHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1966TV SeriesHimself
The Object Is1964TV SeriesHimself
Fractured Flickers1963TV SeriesHimself
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
CBS Fall Preview Special: Seven Wonderful Nights1961TV Movie documentaryHimself
Schlitz Playhouse1955TV SeriesHimself - Host

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Bare Necessities: The Making of 'The Jungle Book'2007Video documentary shortHimself - Voice of Bagheera
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: You Can Fly1988Video shortBagheera
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: The Bare Necessities1987Video shortBagheera
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1958-1961TV SeriesBissonette / Jonathan Lyte

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2004TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsBest Broadcast ButlerFamily Affair (1966)
1975GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Recording for ChildrenWinnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (1974)

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2008TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsFavorite NannyFamily Affair (1966)
1968Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy SeriesFamily Affair (1966)
1968GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Recording for ChildrenThe Jungle Book (1967)
1966GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Recording for ChildrenWinnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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