Sabàto in 2004
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
Alicia Tully Jensen
(m. 1992; div. 1993)
(m. 2012; div. 2018)
|Partner(s)||Virginia Madsen (1993–1998)|
Kristin Rossetti (2000–2007)
|Parent(s)||Antonio Sabàto Sr.|
Antonio Sabàto Jr. (born February 29, 1972) is an Italian-American model, actor, and politician. Sabàto first found fame in the 1990s, posing as an underwear model for Calvin Klein and playing Jagger Cates on the soap opera General Hospital from 1992 to 1995. By the early 2000s, Sabàto's career began to decline, as most of his acting credits attributed to guest appearances, reality TV, and low budget films. In recent years, Sabàto has received attention in the media for his involvement in politics. He ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Congress against incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley for California's 26th district in the 2018 elections.
Sabàto was born in Rome, the capital city of Italy, on 29 February 1972, a Leap Day. His father is Antonio Sabàto Sr., a film star of Italian heritage born in Sicily. His mother, Yvonne Kabouchy, is a realtor from Prague, and is of Czech and Ashkenazi Jewish heritage; her own mother was a Holocaust survivor. He has one sibling, a sister named Simonne. Sabàto and his family moved to the United States from Italy in 1985 and he became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1996. He received his high school diploma from Palisades Charter High School in Los Angeles, California. His parents are divorced, and his mother married a California-based businessman named George F. Kabouchy in 1997.
Sabàto was featured on the cover of erotic magazine Playgirl in April 1993. Represented in Los Angeles by fashion agent Omar Albertto, Sabàto first gained attention as a Calvin Klein underwear model in 1996. In 1990, he appeared in Janet Jackson's "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" music video along with actor Djimon Hounsou, who is also a former CK underwear model represented by Albertto. In 2013, Sabàto was named the international celebrity spokesperson for AnastasiaDate, an online mail-order bride website which connects wealthy American older men with Eastern European women.
Moving into acting, from 1992 through 1995 he appeared on the soap opera General Hospital, the science fiction series Earth 2 and on the prime time soap opera Melrose Place. Throughout the late 1990s, he starred in various TV movies and direct-to-video films, as well as a supporting role in the 1998 feature film The Big Hit. In 2003, he played the protagonist's lover Pablo in the movie Testosterone filmed in Argentina with Sonia Braga, David Sutcliffe, Jennifer Coolidge, Celina Font and Leonardo Brezicki. From 2005 to 2006, Sabàto played Dante Damiano on the daytime soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful, and in 2008, Sabàto reprised his role of Jagger Cates on the second season of General Hospital: Night Shift. Sabàto made an appearance on Bones as a bouncer from a Jersey Shore club in season 6, episode 3, "The Maggots in the Meathead" in 2010. In 2013, he played Father Zaragosa in the television series The League.
In 2005, Sabàto appeared on But Can They Sing?, a celebrity reality singing competition on VH1, coming in 5th place. He competed in the 2008 NBC competition Celebrity Circus, which he won. He noted during the show that both his mother and her father had been circus performers.
In August 2009, Sabàto starred in My Antonio, a reality show on VH1 in which female contestants competed to win his heart. The show notably featured Sabàto's ex-wife, Tully Jensen, as one of the contestants (she came in 3rd place), and his mother also appeared on the show, providing advice. The show's winner was Brooke Barlow.
Sabàto and his family appeared on ABC's Celebrity Wife Swap on January 31, 2012. His then-fiancé Cheryl Moana Marie Nunes traded places on the show with WWE wrestler Mick Foley's wife, Colette Foley. Sabàto competed on season 19 of Dancing with the Stars in 2014. He was paired with professional dancer Cheryl Burke, and they finished in 8th place.
On Monday, May 8, 2017, Sabàto filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission announcing plans to run for the 26th district Congressional seat in California as a Republican against incumbent Democrat Julia Brownley. He came in second place in the jungle primary with 22.4% of the vote, advancing to face Brownley in the General Election. He lost the election on November 6, 2018.
Regarding illegal immigration, Sabàto has said, "There should be no shortcuts for those who don't want to pay or wait". He supports Trump's wall on the southern border, and has said, "We need a wall."
Sabàto has made many harsh statements regarding former U.S President Barack Obama, including saying he has "no guts," accusing him of destroying the U.S. economy, and asserting that Obama should be arrested and sent to the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. The former Democrat has also implied that Obama is the reason he left the Democratic Party. For several years, Sabàto has maintained that, in his opinion, Obama is not a Christian but a Muslim. The first instance of such a claim came in 2016, when Sabàto, after making a speech at the Republican National Convention, told ABC News "I don't believe he follows the God that I love and the Jesus that I love," and "If you follow his story, if you read his book, if you understand about Obama, I mean, that's not a Christian name, is it?" When pressed for evidence to back up his claims, Sabàto answered that it's "in his heart." Two years later, in 2018, he reaffirmed his belief that Obama is a Muslim when appearing on The View, saying "If he's [Obama's] not a Muslim, we should call him President Barry," and falsely claimed that "What I was saying was, he changed his name to Obama because he followed the Islam religion when he was growing up so, I felt that once you're in that religion, you stay for the rest of your life."
Sabàto endorsed Donald Trump for President in 2016. He spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention in support of the party's presumptive nominee. Sabàto claimed that after he expressed his support for Trump, he was blacklisted from Hollywood. He later compared his struggle to find work in show business with that of being Jewish during the Holocaust and said celebrities mocked him on the social media website Twitter.
Sabàto was married to Tully Jensen from 1992 until 1993. He married Cheryl Moana Marie Nunes in 2012. The two separated in December 2016 and their divorce was finalized in June 2018. After Sabàto filed for divorce, Nunes alleged that Sabàto was abusing prescription drugs and had failed to complete even one month of a three month long drug rehabilitation program. Sabàto said that he was addicted to prescription sleep aids, not benzodiazepines as Nunes claimed, but admitted that he had a problem with substance abuse in the past, specifically crystal meth. Sabàto has three children: a son with Virginia Madsen, a daughter with Kristin Rossetti Biasi, and a son with Nunes.
Sabàto is a Christian but has, on several occasions, said that he also identifies as being Jewish. Sabàto had hormone surgery as a treatment for low levels of testosterone. Sabàto has several tattoos, including the Batman logo on his lower back and the yin yang symbol surrounded by Chinese characters on his arm. In a December 2018 tweet, Sabàto stated that he and his family were in the process of moving out of California to an undisclosed state, citing his frustration with the state's progressive policies as the primary reason.
|"Love Will Never Do (Without You)"||Extra||1990||Music video for Janet Jackson|
|Il ragazzo delle mani d'acciaio||Kevin Foster||1990||Italian film|
|Fuga da Kayenta||Emiliano||1991||Italian film|
|...Se non avessi l'amore||Pier Giorgio Frassati||1991||TV film|
|General Hospital||Jagger Cates||1992-1995||TV show|
|Moment of Truth: Why My Daughter?||A.J. Treece||1993||TV film|
|Earth 2||Alonzo Solace||1994-1995||TV show|
|Melrose Place||Jack Perezi||1995||7 episodes|
|Her Hidden Truth||Detective Matt Samoni||1995||TV film|
|If Looks Could Kill||John Hawkins||1996||TV film|
|Padre papà||Don Giuseppe||1996||TV film|
|Thrill||Jack Colson||1996||TV film|
|Code Name: Wolverine||Harry Gordini / Wolverine||1996||TV film|
|Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman||Bob Stanford/Deathstroke||1996||TV show|
|Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child||Mario||1997||Episode: Thumbelina|
|High Voltage||Johnny Clay||1997|
|The Perfect Getaway||Randy Savino||1998||TV film|
|The Big Hit||Vince||1998|
|Tribe||Jack Osborne||1999||4 episodes|
|Fatal Error||Dr. Nick Baldwin||1999||TV film|
|Ally McBeal||Kevin Wyatt||1999||Episode: The Green Monster|
|Goosed||Dr. Steven Stevenson||1999|
|Wasteland||Jack||1999||Episode: Double Date|
|The Outer Limits||Chad Warner / Sid Camden||2000||Episode: Skin Deep|
|The Chaos Factor||Jack Poynt||2000|
|Charmed||Bane Jessup||2000||2 episodes|
|Vola Sciusciù||Tony||2000||TV film|
|Guilty as Charged||Sergeant Hawks||2000||TV film|
|Final Ascent||David||2000||TV film|
|Shark Hunter||Spencer Northcut||2001|
|Hyper Sonic||Grant Irvine||2002|
|Seconds to Spare||Paul Blake||2002||TV film|
|Dead Above Ground||Sergeant Dan DeSousa||2002|
|See Jane Date||Timothy Rommelly||2003||TV film|
|Bugs||Matt Pollack||2003||TV film|
|Half & Half||Carlo||2004||Episode: The Big Double Date with My Mate Episode|
|Becker||Linda's boyfriend||2004||Episode: DNR|
|The Help||Dwayne||2004||7 episodes|
|Joey||Kyle||2005||Episode: Joey and the Tonight Show|
|Jane Doe: Til Death Do Us Part||Joey Angelini||2005||TV film|
|Crash Landing||Major John Masters||2005|
|The Bold and the Beautiful||Dante Damiano||2005-2006|
|But Can They Sing?||Himself||2005||Reality TV show|
|Deadly Skies||Richard Donovan||2006||TV film|
|Reckless Behavior: Caught on Tape||Greg Vlasi||2007||TV film|
|Destination: Infestation||Ethan Hart||2007||TV film|
|Bad Girl Island||Michael Pace||2007||TV film|
|Ghost Voyage||Michael||2008||TV film|
|General Hospital: Night Shift||Jagger Cates||2008||14 episodes|
|NCIS||Dale Kapp||2008||Episode: Road Kill|
|Drifter: Henry Lee Lucas||Henry Lee Lucas||2009|
|Ugly Betty||Himself||2009||Episode: The Fall Issue|
|Scrubs||Himself||2009||Episode: Our Drunk Friend|
|Princess of Mars||John Carter||2009|
|My Antonio||Himself||2009||Reality TV show|
|Celebrity Circus||Himself / Contestant||2009||Reality TV show|
|CSI: NY||Davi Santos||2010||Episode: The Formula|
|The Tonight Show with Jay Leno||Ross Matthews||2010||Episode: #18.89|
|Rizzoli & Isles||Jorge||2010||Episode: I Kissed A Girl|
|Bones||Terror||2010||Episode: The Maggots in the Meathead|
|Balls to the Wall||Sven||2011|
|God Reschedules Rapture||2011||Short film|
|Hot in Cleveland||Leandro||2011||Episode: Dancing Queens|
|Secrets from Her Past||Dr. Shawn Tessle||2011||TV film|
|Celebrity Wife Swap||Himself||2012|
|The Three Stooges||Handsome Guy #1||2012|
|Little Women, Big Cars||A.J.||2012|
|Little Women, Big Cars 2||A.J.||2012|
|Femme Fatales||Bart||2012||Episode: Gun Twisted|
|Baby Daddy||Gerard||2013||Episode: All's Flair in Love and War|
|Castle||Ramon Russo||2013||Episode: Need to Know|
|The League||Father Zaragosa||2013||2 episodes|
|Hell's Kitchen||Himself||2013||Chef's table guest diner; Episode: "5 Chefs Compete Part 3"|
|All I Want for Christmas||Mike Patterson||2014||TV film|
|Fix It and Finish It||Himself / Host||2014|
|Hometown Hero||Jason||2016||TV film|
|Dance Night Obsession||Miguel||2016|
|Dark Paradise||Dario||2016||TV film|
|The Encounter||Dr. Max Huber||2016||Episode: Just Believe|
|Inspired to Kill||Paul||2017||TV film|
|Malibu Dan the Family Man||Frane Calloway||2017||Episode: Filthy Poor|
|Hilton Head Island||Jude Trisk||2017||Episode: Genesis|
|Antonio: Down Under||Antonio||2017||TV mini-series|
|One Nation Under God||Senator Viera||In post-production|
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