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Joel Fabiani

Mostly Credited As: Joel Fabiani
Birth Name: Joel Fabiani
Date Of Birth: September 28, 1936 (Age 79)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Watsonville, California
Height: 5' 10 " (1.77 m)

Joel Fabiani

Veteran character actor Joel Fabiani's career has spanned over 45 years of television, movies, and theater. He has appeared in numerous series, yet his name is mostly unknown.

Joel Fabiani was born in Watsonville, California. His father's job forced the family to move frequently, and as a result Joel attended 17 different schools in his youth. After graduating from high school he joined the army, working as an ordinance clerk. Following discharge, he went to college at Santa Rosa Community College and earned a degree in English.

While in college he began to be interested in acting, so he went to San Francisco and spent two years working at the Actors Workshop. With all of his acting experience in plays, he decided to move to New York. He was able to land roles in summer stock and off-Broadway productions.

His first role on television was in the CBS religious program Look Up and Live in 1962. He also appeared on Broadway in a few plays, including the U.S. production of Beyond the Fringe. He continued alternating his time between off-Broadway and summer stock touring companies until he realized he needed regular, reliable work. He decided to concentrate solely on commercials at that point, although he did have a small role in the pilot movie for the NBC series Ironside.

A cigarette commercial caught the eye of British producer Monty Berman while Berman was in the States in search of American actors for television shows in the works in England. The ITC Production company, best-known for producing The Saint, The Avengers, and The Prisoner, had a show in pre-production that required an American actor. Fabiani was offered the role. He accepted and went to England to star in Department S.

In the series, Fabiani played an FBI agent who was the field leader of an elite branch of Interpol, assigned to the most baffling cases anywhere in the world. The series was very successful in England, and was syndicated worldwide. Instead of renewing Department S for a second season, however, the producers decided to focus a new series based on Peter Wyngarde's character of novelist Jason King. The spin-off, Jason King, did not include any of the other Department S cast members. Fabiani was out of work after 28 episodes.

Fabiani and his wife returned to America and went to Hollywood. This proved to be Fabiani's most prolific era, as he was frequently seen as the "guest murder victim" or villain in countless television shows during the 70s. During this time he also began appearing in films, beginning with a small role as Barney in Looking for Mr. Goodbar. He appeared in a total of six films, the most recent being as the assassination victim in Snake Eyes.

Fabiani's early career was punctuated with brief appearances on soap operas (including one episode of Dark Shadows, where only the back of his head was shown). He returned to the soaps, both prime time soaps (having recurring roles on both Dallas and Dynasty) and daytime (most recently on All My Children).

Fabiani, who in one interview described himself as a "voracious reader", took his passion for reading and his very smooth voice into a new line of work: reading books for audio tapes.

Joel lives in New York City and still finds work as a guest star on prime time programs and daytime soap operas.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
The City (1995) (1995)As: Jared Chase (1996)
Department S (1969)As: Stewart Sullivan
Episode Cast Credits 

All My Children (1970) 
  Ep. # 10295 41x14: (Jan/22/2010) As Barry Shire 
  Ep. # 10294 41x13: (Jan/21/2010) As Barry Shire 
  Ep. # 10286 41x05: (Jan/11/2010) As Barry Shire 
  Ep. # 10285 41x04: (Jan/08/2010) As Barry Shire 

Law & Order (1990) 
  Paradigm 15x01: (Sep/22/2004) As Faber 

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001) 
  Unrequited 03x12: (Jan/18/2004) As Daniel 

Ed (2000) 
  The Dream 04x03: (Oct/08/2003) As Kevin Reidy, [Featuring]

Third Watch (1999) 
  Run of the Mill 02x09: (Dec/04/2000) As Minister 

As The World Turns (1956) 
  Ep. #11228 45x02: (Apr/04/2000) As Mr. Smith 
  Ep. #11198 44x226: (Feb/18/2000) As Mr. Smith 
  Ep. #11192 44x220: (Feb/10/2000) As Mr. Smith 
  Ep. #11167 44x195: (Jan/06/2000) As Mr. Smith 

Strangers with Candy (1999) 
  The Goodbye Guy 02x04: (Feb/07/2000) As Doctor, [Featuring]

Port Charles (1997) 
  Episode 135 01x135: (Dec/05/1997) As Maybury 

Feds (1997) 
  Crash and Burn 01x01: (Mar/05/1997) As Cpt. Collins 

General Hospital (US) (1963) 
  Episide 1.8098 31x??: (Nov/21/1994) As Maybury 

Murder, She Wrote (1984) 
  The Dying Game 10x17: (Mar/13/1994) As Thornton Brewer 
  Murder On Madison Avenue 08x22: (May/17/1992) As Boris Steloff 

Falcon Crest (1981) 
  The Last Laugh 08x21: (May/12/1989) As Dr. King 
  Ties That Bind 08x20: (May/05/1989) As Dr. King 

The Cosby Show (1984) 
  Trust Me 04x21: (Mar/03/1988) As Richard Hemmings 

American Masters (1986) 
  Eugene O'Neill: Glory of Ghosts 01x12: (Sep/08/1986) As Kenneth McGowan 

Dynasty (US) (1981) 
  The Divorce 06x19: (Feb/12/1986) As King Galen 
  Souvenirs 06x18: (Feb/05/1986) As King Galen 
  The Accident 06x17: (Jan/29/1986) As King Galen 
  The Vigil 06x16: (Jan/22/1986) As King Galen 

Santa Barbara (1984) 
  Episode 9 01x09: (Aug/09/1984) As Brubaker 

Dallas (1978) (1978) 
  The New Mrs. Ewing 04x17: (Feb/27/1981) As Alex Ward 
  Lover, Come Back 04x16: (Feb/20/1981) As Alex Ward 
  The Quest 04x15: (Feb/13/1981) As Alex Ward 
  Start the Revolution With Me 04x14: (Feb/06/1981) As Alex Ward 

Flamingo Road (1981) 
  The Fish Fry 01x06: (Feb/03/1981) As Remington Bartlett 

Columbo (1971) 
  How to Dial a Murder 07x04: (Apr/15/1978) As Dr Charles Hunter 

Wonder Woman (1976) 
  Death in Disguise 02x16: (Feb/10/1978) As Nightingale 

Black Sheep Squadron (1976) 
  Trouble at Fort Apache 01x20: (Feb/15/1977) As Gen. Richard Wright 

Switch (1975) 
  Eyewitness 02x16: (Jan/23/1977) As J.D. Stolvac ("And") 

Starsky & Hutch (1975) 
  The Specialist 02x08: (Nov/06/1976) As Alexander "Alex" Drew 

Jigsaw John (1976) 
  Homicide is a Fine Art 01x13: (May/31/1976) As Unknown 

City of Angels (1976) (1976) 
  A Sudden Silence 01x09: (Apr/13/1976) As Harris 

McNaughton's Daughter (1976) 
  McNaughton's Daughter (Mar/04/1976) As Dr. Anthony Lanza 

S.W.A.T. (1975) 
  The Chinese Connection 02x19: (Feb/28/1976) As Ronald Parker 

Matt Helm (1975) 
  Die Once, Die Twice 01x13: (Jan/03/1976) As D.A. Kyle Dennison 

The Rockford Files (1974) (1974) 
  The Girl in the Bay City Boys Club 02x13: (Dec/19/1975) As Thompkins 

Cannon (1971) 
  The Victim 05x05: (Oct/08/1975) As Sean Donohue 
  Hounds of Hell 03x03: (Sep/26/1973) As Carl Blessing 

The Streets of San Francisco (1972) 
  The Glass Dart Board 04x02: (Sep/18/1975) As Eli Mason 
  Most Feared in the Jungle 02x14: (Dec/20/1973) As Matthew Starr 

Great Performances (1974) 
  Rules of the Game 02x12: (Apr/30/1975) As Barelli 

Barnaby Jones (1973) 
  Web of Deceit 03x12: (Dec/10/1974) As Larry Colter/Stephen Chadway 
  Image in a Cracked Mirror 02x23: (Mar/24/1974) As Dr. David Bellman 

The F.B.I. (1965) 
  The Bought Jury 09x11: (Dec/16/1973) As Felton 

Banacek (1972) 
  Ten Thousand Dollars a Page 01x06: (Jan/10/1973) As Art Woodward 

Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969) 
  With a Shout, Not a Whimper 04x10: (Nov/21/1972) As Dr. Matt Willis 

The Sixth Sense (1972) 
  Once Upon a Chilling 02x05: (Oct/28/1972) As Melling 

Owen Marshall, Counselor At Law (1971) 
  The Trouble with Ralph 02x06: (Oct/19/1972) As Parish 

The Doctors (1963) (1963) 
  Episode 1.1354 06x??: (Feb/12/1968) As Joe Finch 
  Episode 1.1353 06x??: (Feb/09/1968) As Joe Finch 
  Episode 1.1352 06x??: (Feb/08/1968) As Joe Finch 
  Episode 1.1349 06x??: (Feb/05/1968) As Joe Finch 

NYPD (1967) 
  Fingerman 01x02: (Sep/12/1967) As Welbeck 

Dark Shadows (1966) (1966) 
  DS-271 03x82: (Jul/13/1967) As Paul Stoddard (in flashback) 

Ironside (1967) 
  Ironside (Mar/28/1967) As Dr. Schley, [Co-Guest Stars]

The Hero (1966) 
  The Terribly Talented Trayton Tyler Taylor 01x16: (Jan/05/1967) As Trayton Tyler Taylor 
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Fun Fact: Joel Fabiani is the cover star of the indie pop album "Singles Box" by The Smiths, released in 2008. The photo, originally part of a series of promotional shots for "Department S", was handpicked by Morrissey as the cover for the album.

Joel Fabiani Quotes
Joel: (on shooting in England) I loved the English way of shooting. They worked ten days on an episode and from eight to five in the evening. It was very civilized. In America, hey, knocked out these hour episodes in six days.

Joel: (on casting Department S) They [ITC producers Berman and Frankel] asked me if I had any film to show them. I hadn't done much except a very splashy commercial for a cigarette, and I was dressed in a tuxedo. I've never been so well lit in my life, and I was around these gorgeous models. So they looked that over and said, "Yeah, that's kinda what we're looking for." [So I was invited to England for tests.] They shot some footage of me jumping over boxes and being very athletic. And then I went back to New York, and a week later they said, "You've got the job." So I flew back and within a couple of weeks began shooting the show [Department S].

Joel: (on how he got his long-lasting role as Barry on All My Children): I thought I was just filling in for a month or two, until Larry [Pine] came back. But I was doing a show every two weeks, which seemed a lot for a recurring role. So I ran into Jean [D. Burke, the producer] and I said, 'I hate to be stupid about this, but are you going to give this back to Larry, or is it mine?' And she said, 'Oh, no. It's yours.' So I said, 'Oh, OK.' " [So the 'one or two months' turned into more than ten years.]