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Antonio Fargas Biography
Perhaps it is the glimmer of mystery and mischief in his eyes. . . or, it may be the colorful characters he portrays. . .or the legendary status of Mr. Antonio Fargas is best explainable by a combination of these and a number of other factors. Through the unique intersection of variables of his delightful versatility and extraordinary talents, Antonio Fargas has entered his image into national and international folklore. He achieved a worldwide audience through his role on Starsky and Hutch as the incorrigible and lovable Huggy Bear launching a path to credits far more extensive.
Since his initiation into the world of film at the age of 14 in Shirley Clarks Coal World, he has been noted for the unforgettable characters he creates. Whether perfecting outrageously comedic characters in such films as Robert Downey Sr.s Putney Swope and Keenan Ivory Wayans Im Gonna Git You Sucka, or chilling the audience through a convincing rendition of a 90-year old witch doctor in the Broadway play, The Great White Hope, with James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander. Antonios performances have generated a near-endless array of enthusiastic acclaim from some of the industrys most respected critics of film, television and stage. His character range has won him acclaim for his sensitive character portrayals of the homosexual roles of Bernstein in Paul Mazurskys Next Stop, Greenwich Village with Shelley Winters, Christopher Walken and Jeff Goldblum and for his role as Lindy in Carwash with Richard Pryor, George Carlin and The Pointer Sisters. These two roles also earned him mention in the film book The Collective Closet.
Additional film credits include: The Riff with Nia Peeples, 3 Strikes with David Alan Grier, Unconditional Love with John K. Horne and Sheryl Lee Ralph, The Suburbans, Milo, Dont Be a Menace with the Wayan Brothers, The Borrower, Whore with Theresa Russell, Shakedownwith Sam Elliott and Peter Weller, La Notte degli squali with Treat Williams, Howling VI: The Freaks, Model Behavior, Streetwalkin, Crimewave with Louise Lasser, Firestarter with Drew Barrymore, Heather Locklear, David Keith, Martin Sheen, George C. Scott and Art Carney, Up The Academy with Tom Poston, Ralph Macchio and Ian Wolfe, Milo, Milo, Pretty Baby with Susan Sarandon, Keith Carradine and Brooke Shields, Cornbread, Earl and Me with Laurence Fishburne and Moses Gunn, Foxy Brown with Pam Grier, The Gambler with James Caan, Paul Sorvino, Lauren Hutton and James Wood, Conrack with Jon Voight and Hume Cronyn, Busting with Elliott Gould and Robert Blake, Cleopatra Jones with Bernie Casey, Across 110th Street with Anthony Quinn and Anthony Franciosa, Cisco Pike with Kris Kristofferson, Gene Hackman and Karen Black, Shaft with Richard Roundtree, and recently Bad Guys Extreme Honor and Lesser of Three Evils, to name a few.
With over 4 decades in the entertainment industry, Antonios television credits include starring, recurring, and guest starring roles on such shows All My Children, as the character Les Baxter, Living Single, as Otis Jones, The Simpsons, Everybody Hates Chris, Eve, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Martin, The District, Damon, L.A. Heat, The Steve Harvey Show, Fastlane, The Wayans Bros., Good vs. Evil, MacGyver, Miami Vice, Hardcastle and McCormick, Charlies Angels, Chips, Vegas, The Love Boat, Kojak, Police Woman, Sanford and Son, Police Story, The Bill Cosby Show, plus others. A few of his European television credits include: T4, GMTV, Loose Lips, Holby City, This Morning, La Belle Anglaise, I Love The 70s. He has also appeared on numerous talk shows both abroad and most recently in the US twice on The Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Antonios Movies-of-the-Week credits include: BBCs Soul Survivors, with Ian McShane and Issac Haye, FOXs Ali: An American Hero, NBCs Maid For Each Other with Nell Carter, Dinah Manoff and Joyce VanPatten, Escape, and the Ironside - Series Pilot Movie with Raymond Burr, HBOs Florida Straits with Raul Julia and Fred Ward, ABCs Paper Dolls with Joan Collins, Daryl Hannah and Craig T. Nelson, Huggy Bear and The Turkey, and Huckleberry Finn with Ron Howard and Merle Haggard, PBSs Denmark Veresy, CBSs A Good Sport with Lee Remick, The Ambush Murder with James Brolin, Amy Madigan and Alfre Woodard, and Nurse with Michael Learned, along with others. Antonio can also be seen and heard in many animations, video games, voice-overs, and video games such as: the animation - Osmosis Jones with Bill Murray and Chris Rock and the video game Driver 2 as Detective Tobias Jones.
His additional theatre credits are extensive from Broadway to London including: Driving Miss Daisy, Melvin Von Peeples Aint Supposed to Die a Natural Death, North Carolina Repertory Stage Wests (in Springfield, MA) and The Rainmaker, the Dever Centers The Emperor Jones, The Mark Taper Forums Dream on Monkey Mountain, the New York Shakespeare Festivals Measure For Measure and Romeo and Juliet and in Europe his initial West-End performance was in James Baldwins The Amen Corner in 1966. Antonio was united in 1988, after 20 years with Starsky and Hutch co-star David Soul in London in the production of the black comedy The Dead Monkey. In 2000 2002 he returned to Londons West-Ends Whitehall Theatre along with doing a UK tour in the smash hit musical Blues Brothers doing Cab Calloways hit song Minnie The Moocher.
Antonio and his musical partner Gumbo formed a hip-hop production company, Bumpit Entertainment, as an outlet for his musical approach of old school hip-hop fusion and to give young artists an opportunity in the music industry. Bumpit Entertainment has a CD in development for Antonio and recently he teamed with Fat Face Records in the UK to record the single Big Bertha Butt featuring a animation CD/DVD.
Antonio is always uniquely aware of the role of theatre, music, film and art as cultural art forms, particularly so called black theatre and the black church in their role in the preservation of black cultural and history.
Antonio being the proud father of four - Justin, Matthew, Kevin and Tiffany with the love of his life - Sandi, enjoys the fruits of his labor in Los Angeles. When at home, Antonio enjoys hosting a friendly game of Friday night poker with his peers and can be found on Sundays in Football Stadiums cheering for and supporting his son Justins Football career with the NFL - Oakland Raiders.
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