"Fabian totally rocked. I've seen him perform, and he still has
great charisma onstage; he has a kind of punk rock energy."
Karen Schoemer, New York Times Music critic (Great Pretenders,
My Strange Love Affair
with 50's Pop Music, Simon & Schuster 2006)
FABIAN - The Original American Idol
Fabian - An overnight singing sensation, film star with
over 30 films to his credit, and producer of his own concert series,
Fabian continues to expand his ever growing career. Receiving
one of show business' highest accolades, this pop music and film
star was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
on January 8, 2002. He was recognized for over 40 years of live
performance with the famed boulevard's 2188th star. Following
his successful film career, Fabian has performed at packed
concerts, stadiums and casinos from coast to coast and internationally
in festivals and theatrical productions. He honored his fans by
dedicating his star to them on that memorable day.
His loyal fans are never disappointed. His performance exudes the
raw energy that made him one of music's first rock stars.
Fabian hosted and headlined in the
hit show, "The Original Stars of Bandstand" at
the Dick Clark Theater in Branson, Missouri.
Fabian's first appearance on American Bandstand was
June 19, 1958 and he appeared on the show over 20 times. He filled
in for Dick Clark as host on dozens of "Caravan of Stars"
Tours. "The Original Stars of Bandstand" re-created
those days and drew record audiences. "It was like a reunion
when I got to get re-aquainted with all of my friends again,"
said Fabian. The show also stared Bobby Vee and featured The
Chiffons, Brian Hyland, Chris Montez and rare footage of the performers
and Dick Clark.
Fabian continues to perform with two of his Philadelphia
buddies, Frankie Avalon and Bobby Rydell as "The Golden
Boys" in one of the longest running shows of its genre
today. In their 20th year together, they have appeared in every
major city in the United States and around the world. They have
played to packed venues in Atlantic City and Las Vegas and have
starred in"The American Music Awards", "Miss Teenage
America", and Command Performance: An All Star Salute To The
President" television specials. The Philadelphia Music Alliance
honored Fabian in 2000, with a star on their Walk of Fame
and Fabian visits that city any chance he gets to enjoy the
best cheesesteaks anywhere!
Fabian's early films rocketed him to stardom. He made his
screen debut in 1959 in "Hound Dog Man", directed
by Don Segal. He traveled iout of the country to make "Five
Weeks In A Balloon" and "The Longest Day".
He worked with two of our great screen giants in "North
To Alaska" with John Wayne and "High Time"
with Bing Crosby. Fabian was fortunate to have worked with
the incomparable and gracious James Stewart in two films in his
career, "Mr. Hobbs Takes A Vacation" and "Dear
Brigette." He learned to surf with Tab Hunter in "Ride
The Wild Surf" which has become a cult classic. More recent
work includes being interviewed by Michelle Pfeiffer in the 1996,
Jon Avnet directed film, "Up Close & Personal".
Fabian's role as a homicidal maniac in the TV production
titled "A Lion Walks Among Us" directed by Robert Altman
solidly established him as a versatile and powerful actor. This
history making production was the first television show to run an
hour without commercials.
As an actor, Fabian makes frequent television and feature
film appearances. Some of his most memorable television roles have
been his guest appearances on Laverne & Shirley, Facts
of Life, Blossom and Murphy Brown. Fabian
recently hosted his second PBS Special, "At The Drive-In."
"Fabian's GoodTime Rock 'n Roll Show", broadcast
live in front of 85,000 fans in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, featured
the great rock acts from the 50's & 60's, was the first concert
produced for pay-per-view-television and PBS. Fabian was
the Host, performer and producer of this concert special. Fabian
is also an Emmy-nominated producer for his work on the highly
acclaimed documentary series "The Wild West".
Fabian has enjoyed a successful commercial career representing
products such as Pepsi, Denny's & Nutri System to name just
a few and lends his distinctive voice to radio and voiceovers for
commercials and television projects.
Fabian is one of the first pop rock artists ever to be known
by just one name. Answering the most often asked question,
Fabian is his real birth name having been named after his
paternal grandfather, Fabiano Forte. Today children of his fans,
a type font, and a hurricane have been named after him, which really
caused quite a stir. His full name is Fabian Anthony Forte....better
known now as www.fabianforte.net
Born on February 6, 1943 to Josephine and Domenic Forte, Fabian
Forte was discovered at the age of 14 sitting on his front steps
in Philadelphia. Fabian had just watched his father being
taken away in an ambulance when he was approached him about becoming
a singer. His father couldn't work any longer as the oldest of three
brothers, Fabian took a chance at "making some money"
to help his family out and never thought of it as a career. Soon
thousands were to throng to his concerts and the rest is a music
business success story. At 15, Fabian won the Silver Award
as "The Promising Male Vocalist of 1958". By the time
he was 18, he had recorded dozens of hit singles, eight albums
and earned gold records for "Turn Me Loose"
and "Tiger" and a gold album for "The Fabulous
In 1998, Fabian married model Andrea Patrick, a former Miss
Pennsylvania-USA and Miss West Virginia who is the Owner/CEO of
Talent Agency. He is also a proud father of a son Christian
and his wife, Mercedes and their daughter, Fabian's grandaughter,
Ava Josephine, and a daughter, Julie Forte. Fabian and Andrea are
actively involved in the American Diabetes Association, The American
Heart Assocation. Fabian has helped raise money for veterans with
his Celebrity Golf Tournament in North Carolina. Andrea and Fabian
live on 20 acres in Southwestern Pennsylvania with their dog Max
in a home that Andrea designed.
Singer, performer, actor, producer, father, husband and friend.....Fabian
is a man who has had longevity in his career because of his perseverance,
his loyalty, his professionalism, his wonderful, kind heart and
his tenacity. Fabian has traveled the show business ladder
and survived, his sense of humor and integrity intact. And for that.
he truly is the FABULOUS FABIAN.