Sebastian Cabot (actor)

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Charles Sebastian Thomas Cabot (born July 6, 1918 in London , † August 22, 1977 in North Saanich, British Columbia , Canada ) was a British actor .


Sebastian Cabot grew up in London. He dropped out of school at the age of 14. Later he worked as a cook and was active as a wrestler for three years before he had to give up the sport due to an injury.

With his wife Kathleen, with whom he had been married since 1940, he had two daughters Annette (* 1952) and Yvonne and their son Christopher (* 1955); Annette and Christopher are also actors.

He spent the last years of his life in Sydney, Canada . In 1974 Cabot suffered a first stroke that ended his acting career abruptly. He died in 1977 after another stroke. His grave is in the urn garden of Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles ; Brian Keith , who starred with Cabot in Dear Uncle Bill, was also buried in the same area .


Cabot made his first appearance - not mentioned by name - in Foreign Affaires in 1935 . He played his first major role in the film Secret Agent by Alfred Hitchcock . In the following years he was seen in several British films, but mostly only in smaller roles. During the Second World War , he performed for the entertainment of Allied soldiers. After the end of the war, Cabot switched to the theater and played in the play Love for Love . However, his stage engagement was short-lived and he soon switched back to acting in films.

In 1947 Cabot moved to Hollywood to advance his career. At first, however, he was limited to supporting roles until he had a leading role in the Italian film version of Romeo and Juliet in 1954. He also had a larger role in the Disney- Western Train of the Fearless (1956). In 1960 he starred in George Pal's H. G. Wells film adaptation of The Time Machine , and in 1963 he starred alongside Vincent Price in a segment of the horror film The Poison of Evil .

In parallel to his film career, he began to work in TV productions from the mid-1950s. At first he only had various guest appearances (for example in the Twilight Zone and Smoking Colts ). He got his first big TV role on the side of Doug McClure in the series Checkmate , in which he could be seen in 70 episodes. He played his best-known role in the series Dear Uncle Bill , in which he played the butler "Giles French" for five years. Because he continued to make movies, he was temporarily represented by John Williams , who played Giles' brother Nigel.

Cabot also worked as a voice actor and voiced his voice to various cartoon characters in Walt Disney films. Of these roles, those of the panther "Baghira" in The Jungle Book and the narrator in the Winnie the Pooh films were certainly the best known. In the German versions, Joachim Cadenbach took over these parts.

He also released the album Sebastian Cabot, actor / Bob Dylan, poet in 1967 , on which he recited songs by Bob Dylan in speech.

Filmography (selection)

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  • 1956–1957: The Adventures of Hiram Holliday ( TV series, 3 episodes)
  • 1960–1962: Checkmate (TV series, 70 episodes)
  • 1962: The Beachcomber (TV series, 39 episodes)
  • 1966–1971: Dear Uncle Bill (Family Affair , TV series, 130 episodes)
  • 1972: The Vicious Circle of Fear (Circle of Fear , TV series, 14 episodes)
  • 1973: Miracle on 34th Street (TV movie)

Voice actor / narrator

  • 1962: The Flood, voice of Noah
  • 1963: The Sword in the Stone (The Sword in the Stone), voice of Sir Ector
  • 1966: Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, narrator
  • 1967: The Jungle Book (The Jungle Book)
  • 1968: Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, narrator
  • 1974: The City That Forgot About Christmas, speaking role
  • 1974: Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too, narrator
  • 1977: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, narrator


  • 1975: Grammy in the category Best Recording for Children (Best Recording For Children) for Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too

Individual evidence

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