Today’s Birthday: Fabio Lanzoni (1959)


Author and actor

In 1992, Robert Gottlieb became Fabio‘s literary agent, and Fabio became the first best-selling male romance writer who did not use a pseudonym. Fabio’s books were titled Pirate, Rogue, and Comanche. Fabio then starred in the syndicated TV series Acapulco H.E.A.T., was featured in calendars, led a fragrance campaign, and landed a role in commercials for “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” margarine.

Fabio appeared in the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful a number of times, as a close friend of the character Sally Spectra (Fabio and Darlene Conley, who played Sally, were close friends in real life). He appeared in one episode of Step by Step called “Absolutely Fabio” (Season 6, Episode 11). He also starred in Jill Sobules 1995 music video I Kissed a Girl (Jill Sobule song). Fabio appeared as well on Ned’s Declassified. Also he was in a Big Time Rush episode and reprised his role in the Nickelodeon television series once again in their third TV movie, Big Time Christmas. He recently appeared in an episode of The Suite Life on Deck called “Senior Ditch Day” as Captain Hawk. He has also cameoed in the films Dude, Where’s My Car? and Zoolander.

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