"Being described as a 'heartthrob' really doesn't affect me. It's sometimes part of the job, but my main focus is to get the job done.
I focus on doing a good job and let the rest stand for itself." Antonio Sabato Jr.
Model and actor Antonio Sabato Jr. gained widespread recognition while playing Jagger Cates (1992-1994, 1995) on the ABC daytime drama "General Hospital" and for being the next celebrity model for the Calvin Klein (CK) underwear campaign in 1996 (after post model Mark Wahlberg). Meanwhile, Sabato acted in NBC's "Earth 2" (1994) and Fox's "Melrose Place" (as Jack Parezi, 1995). On the big screen, he starred in such films as High Voltage (1997), The Big Hit (1998), Circles (1998), Mindstorm (2001) and Testosterone (2003). Recently, he appeared in the film Crash Landing (2005) and became a regular in the series "The Help" (as Dwayne, the Trainer, 2004) and "The Bold and the Beautiful" (as Dante Damiano, 2005).
Italian-American Antonio Sabato Jr. stands at 6'1" tall and was listed as one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 1993.
On a more personal note, he was involved with actress Virginia Madsen (gave him one son) and longtime girlfriend Kristin Rosetti (gave him one daughter).
Childhood and Family:
The son of veteran Italian actor Antonio Sabato, Sr. (born on April 2, 1943) and real estate agent Yvonne Kabouchy, Antonio Sabato Jr. was born on February 29, 1972, in Rome, Italy. In 1984, his parents moved Antonio and his sister, Simonne Sabato, to Beverly Hills in the United States. He took ESL classes to improve his English and attended Beverly Hills High, where he also joined acting classes. At age 16, Antonio left school to move to New York and earned his G.E.D. in 1989.
Antonio Sabato Jr. became a naturalized citizen of the United States in November 1996. On May 16, 1992, he married actress Alicia Tully Jensen (born in 1963), but they divorced later that year. Antonio has one son, Jack Antonio (born on August 6, 1994), from his relationship with actress Virginia Madsen (born on September 11, 1963) and one daughter, Mina Bree (born on August 29, 2002), with longtime companion Kristin Rosetti.
A "Batman" memorabilia collector, Antonio Sabato Jr has a hidden tattoo on his lower back, a yellow moon with a black Batman symbol on top of it. He is also an experienced horseman, loves music, and is fluent in Italian, Spanish, and English. The fan of the book The Celestine Prophecy, by James Redfield, currently resides in Los Angeles.
Arriving in the United States at age 12, Antonio Sabato Jr made his big screen debut appearance in James Fargo's Born to Race (1988, starring Joseph Bottoms). With the help of his actor father, he landed a role in an Italian film, Fabrizio De Angelis-directed Karate Rock (1990, a.k.a. Ragazzo delle mani d'acciaio, Il). He followed it up with roles in Se non avessi l'amore (TV) and Fuga da Kayenta (both in 1991, a.k.a. Tortilla Road).
After his appearance in Janet Jackson's video "Love Will Never Do Without You," Sabato scored his most memorable role to date, the kind-hearted, hash-slinging boxer Jagger Cates on the ABC soap opera "General Hospital." He portrayed the character from 1992 to 1994 and earned Soap Opera Digest Award nominations for Hottest Male and Outstanding Newcomer.
On the peak of his popularity on "General Hospital," Sabato decided to leave the series but later reappeared as a cameo in 1995.
Afterward, he joined Steven Spielberg's prime-time drama, the NBC's "Earth 2" (1994-1995). In the sci-fi series about a group of people who must escape Earth when it becomes deserted, Sabato costarred as pilot Alonzo Solace, along with Debrah Farentino and Clancy Brown.
During that time, Sabato acted in several TV movies. He played Jamie Luner's boyfriend-turned-pimp, A.J. Treece, in Moment of Truth: Why My Daughter? (1993, also starring Linda Gray), escaped convict Tony in Jailbreakers (1994, alongside Shannon Dougherty) and costarred as smitten cop Detective Matt Samoni, who helps wrongfully condemned Kellie Martin, in Her Hidden Truth (1995). When his stint in "Earth 2" ended in 1995, Sabato joined the cast of the Fox series "Melrose Place," playing the reoccurring role of Heather Locklear's loutish ex-husband Jack Perezi.
In 1996, Sabato starred as the notoriously elusive criminal John Hawkins in the true-story based If Looks Could Kill. His performance in the film attracted the attention of fashion designer Calvin Klein, who offered Sabato the job of being the next spokesmodel for his company. Sabato took the job and garnered broad attention as the celebrity model for Calvin Klein underwear printed ads and commercials.
As for acting, Sabato also starred as heroic engineer Jack Colson in an adaptation of Robert Byrne's novel Thrill, and nabbed the leading role of Harry Gordini/Wolverine, a Navy SEAL by night and a mild-mannered college professor by day, in Fox's film Code Name: Wolverine (both in 1996). He later reprised his role in its silver screen version, Wolverine, in 2000.
After starring in Isaac Florentine's action thriller High Voltage (1997, costarring Shannon Lee), Sabato played roles in The Perfect Getaway (TV), Adam Kreutner's Circles (with Neal McDonough and Amy Smart) and teamed up with Mark Wahlberg, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Bokeem Woodbine as a hired gun in Che-Kirk Wong's comedy thriller The Big Hit (all in 1998). The rest of the 1990s saw Sabato in the television films Padre papa and Fatal Error, in which he teamed with Janine Turner to stop a high tech computer virus. He also starred in "Tribe," a miniseries about a group of young sailors who are attacked by pirates, guest starred in an episode of Fox's "Ally McBeal" and acted in the wide screen comedy Goosed (starring Jennifer Tilly). As for modeling, Sabato was named the celebrity spokesman for Durex condoms in 1998.
The new millennium watched Sabato appear in Lionel C. Martin's Longshot (starring Tony DeCamillis) and star as Army intelligence officer Jack Poynt in Terry Cunningham's thriller Chaos Factor. He starred in Guilty as Charged (TV), Final Ascent (TV) and Richard Pepin's Mindstorm, as well as had a reoccurring role on WB's "Charmed." Other Sabato film works include Shark Hunter (2001), Hyper Sonic (2002, V), Seconds to Spare (2002, TV), Dead Above Ground (2002) and See Jane Date (2003, TV).
Sabato appeared in Lee Friedlander's adventure comedy Wasabi Tuna and the TV movie Bugs before he portrayed David Sutcliffe's sex-bomb Argentine lover Pablo Alesandro in David Moreton's adaptation of James Robert Baker's novel, the drama comedy Testosterone (2003). He then starred as Dwayne the personal trainer in the WB comedy "The Help" (2004, opposite Camille Guaty) and played roles in the recent television movies Jane Doe: Til Death Do Us Part and Deadly Skies. He appeared in Jim Wynorski's 2005 film Crash Landing and became a regular in the high-rated, glossy, campy soap "The Bold and the Beautiful," playing character Dante Damiano.
Off screen, Sabato is a fitness buff and published the best-selling exercise book "No Excuses: Workout for Life" in 1999. He also established his own production company, NAMTAB Productions (Batman spelled backwards), and is the celebrity spokesperson for the SAP United States Grand Prix Formula One race.