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Fabiano Anthony Forte (born February 6, 1943, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), known as Fabian, is an American teen idol of the late 1950s and early 1960s. He rose to national prominence after performing several times on American Bandstand. Eleven of his songs reached the Billboard Hot 100 listing. Early life, Fabian was the son of Josephine and Domenic Forte. His father was a policeman. Fabian was discovered in 1957 by Bob Marcucci and Peter DeAngelis, owners of Chancellor Records. At the time, record producers were looking to the South Philadelphia neighborhoods in search of teenage talents with good looks, and Frankie Avalon, also of South Philly, suggested Fabian as a possibility. Fabian was the oldest of three brothers, and with his father ill and unable to work, he hoped to earn enough for his family. At fifteen, Fabian won the Silver Award as "The Promising Male Vocalist of 1958." Singing career, With songwriters Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, Fabian released a series of hit singles for Chancellor Records including "I'm a Man", "Hound Dog Man", (U.S. #9; UK #46), "Turn Me Loose" (U.S. #9), and his biggest hit, "Tiger", which reached number 3 in the U.S. charts. Other singles that charted included "String Along", "About This Thing Called Love" and "This Friendly World", which reached #12 on the U.S. charts. His career in music basically ended after he bought out of his contract with Marcucci after signing a seven-year contract with 20th Century Fox. During the payola scandal of the 1960s, Fabian testified before Congress that his recordings had been doctored electonically to significantly improve his voice. The 1980 film The Idolmaker, written by Edward Di Lorenzo and directed by Taylor Hackford, was a thinly-disguised biography of Fabian (called "Caesare" in the film), as well as songwriter/producer Marcucci (called "Vinnie Vacarri" in the film) and Frankie Avalon (called "Tommy Dee" in the film). In the movie version, singer Caesare - a pretty boy with little singing talent - goes through a whirlwind of success in a short time, and in a fit of pique, he abruptly fired his songwriters and quits his record label. The real-life Fabian threatened a lawsuit at the time of the film's release, though the filmmakers insisted that the film presented only fictional characters (even though Marcucci was a paid consultant on the film). Fabian claimed they settled out of court where he and his wife received apologies and Marcucci's 7.5% ownership of the film passed to Fabian. Film career, Fabian was contracted to 20th Century Fox beginning with Don Siegel's Hound-Dog Man, based on Fred Gipson's novel. The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film featured a photo of Fabian's screen test where he appeared in the same outfit that Elvis Presley wore in Love Me Tender. He appeared in more than 30 films, including Five Weeks in a Balloon, High Time, Ten Little Indians (1965), North to Alaska, The Longest Day and Ride the Wild Surf (1964) (with Tab Hunter) and Peter Brown. Most of his early films were comedies, and cast him as a restless teenager with a penchant for singing. After 1965 his film and singing career began to fade, along with his popularity as a teen idol. He made several films for American International Pictures, including portraying Pretty Boy Floyd in A Bullet for Pretty Boy (1970). He also played Josh Ashley in Little Laura and Big John (1973) for Crown International Pictures. Later life, Forte never regained his teenage popularity, but has continued performing for more than forty years. Recently he has been appearing with Frankie Avalon and Bobby Rydell to perform concerts as The Golden Boys. He appeared in a 1982 television commercial for The Idols of Rock n' Roll and in the 2005 documentary film The Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania. In his latest endeavor, Fabian hosts and headlines in the hit show The Original Stars of Bandstand at The Dick Clark Theater in Branson, Missouri. The show stars Fabian and Bobby Vee and features The Chiffons, Brian Hyland, Chris Montez and rare footage of the performers and Dick Clark. Personal life, He was drafted but rejected for military service during the Vietnam War. According to USMC Lt Col Arthur Eppley, Fabian was declared 4F (unfit for service) after presenting a doctor's note stating that induction into the army could cause him to develop homosexual tendencies. He has been married three times; to Kathleen Regan (1966, with whom he had 2 children); to Kate Netter Forte from 1980 to 1990 and to his current wife Andrea Patrick, a former Bituminous Coal Queen and Miss Pennsylvania USA, whom he married in 1998. He has a son, Christian (born 1969), and a daughter, Julie (born after 1969), from his first marriage. Christian is a screenwriter with the 1996 movie Albino Alligator starring Matt Dillon, Faye Dunaway, and Gary Sinise and directed by Kevin Spacey to his credit. He also both wrote and directed Deep in the Valley with Denise Richards, Chris Pratt, and Brendan Hines, released in October 2009, and he is the co-screenwriter for The Monkey Wrench Gang, which is scheduled for release in 2013. Christian and his wife have one daughter, Ava Josephine. Fabian and his wife are actively involved in the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association and Fabian has helped raise money for veterans with his Celebrity Golf Tournament in North Carolina. They live on 20 acres (81,000 m) in Southwestern Pennsylvania with their dog Max, in a home which Andrea designed. Filmography, The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom, Hound-Dog Man (1959), High Time (1960), North to Alaska (1960), Love in a Goldfish Bowl (1961), Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962), Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962), The Longest Day (1962), The Greatest Show on Earth ("Uncaged", 1963 ABC television series with Jack Palance), The Eleventh Hour as Gilbert Brubaker in "You're So Smart, Why Can't You Be Good" (1964), Ride the Wild Surf (1964), Dear Brigitte (1965), Ten Little Indians (1965), Fireball 500 (1966), Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (1966), The Rat Patrol Season 1, Episode 21 'The B Negative Raid', Guest Star (1967), Thunder Alley (1967), Maryjane (1968), The Wild Racers (1968), The Devil's 8 (1969), A Bullet for Pretty Boy'' (1970), Little Laura and Big John (1973), The Day the Lord Got Busted (1976), Disco Fever (1978), Kiss Daddy Goodbye (1981), Up Close & Personal (1996), Quotation, On his audition for Bob Marcucci. " As I'm tone-deaf, I didn't think he'd like it much - but I sang for him. It sounded like a jackass! You could have bowled me over when he said I had possibilities. " NME - October 1959 Pop culture references, In the 1986 U.S. film Peggy Sue Got Married, Nicolas Cage's character keeps a picture of Fabian on his car's sun visor. On the TV show Laverne & Shirley, the title characters would often talk about how much they loved Fabian (he guest-starred in the Season 3, Episode 8 episode "Laverne & Shirley Meet Fabian"). See also, Philadelphia portal Mononymous persons