Joel Fabiani Biography
Joel Fabiani born Joel Anthony Fabiani is an American film, television and theater actor. Generally most famous for the British cult classic TV series Department S, he has also guest starred in The FBI, Barnaby Jones, The Streets of San Francisco, Banacek, Cannon, The Rockford Files, Starsky and Hutch and many more.
His film appearances include Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977), Reuben, Reuben (1983) and Tune In Tomorrow (1990), and he has also had recurring roles in soap operas such as Dallas, Dynasty, As the World Turns, and All My Children.
Joel was born September 28, 1936, in Watsonville, California. He is 86 years old as of 2022.
Joel Fabiani Height
He stands at a height of 5′ 10½” (1.79 m).
Wife | Is Fabiani Married?
Joel current relational status might be possibly single. Previously he was married to Katharine Ross. Joel Fabiani wife Ross meet him during their student life at Santa Rosa Junior College.
Joel Fabiani age was 21 when he started dating with Ross. Fabiani and Ross studied together at the San Francisco Actors Workshop.
After three years of dating, they married on February 28, 1960. And later two and half years in the married relationship they got divorced in 1962.
He was married for the second time with actress Audree Rae. They met during the stage play together. Fabiani wife Rae died in 2009.
Fabiani currently lives in New York, United States. After the death of his second wife, there is no ant rumors or controversy regarding his affairs or dating.
Joel Fabiani Young
Fabiani attended seventeen different schools before his high school degree. Fabiani joined the Army after completing his high school.
He went to college and gained a degree in English. With being hugely interested in acting he attended the Actors Workshop in San Francisco for about two years. In San Francisco Actors Workshop, Fabiani learned acting and stagecraft.
Joel Fabiani Career
After his training at the San Francisco Actors Workshop, he got a chance to appeared in numbers of plays including in The Alchemist, Saint’s Day and Twinkling of an Eye.
After spending two years in the Workshop, he moved to New York where he worked in summer stock and Off-Broadway productions and appeared in One Way Pendulum, The Caretaker, and A Thousand Clowns.
Joel Fabiani has appeared in many stage plays and theater plays. Some of his most promising appearances includes King Lear, Henry IV, Part 1, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Beyond The Fringe, Do I Hear A Waltz, I’m Getting My Act Together And Taking It On The Road and much more.
Joel Fabiani age was 27 when he made his first television appeared in an American television show named Love of Life. The same year, he got a chance to be featured in the TV show The Doctors.
In 1967, he was featured in an American television crime drama Ironside along with Raymond Burr, Don Galloway, and Barbara Anderson. The same year he also appeared in an American television sitcom The Hero along with other TV series 1999 A.D and N.Y.P.D.
Joel Fabiani age was 36 when he has featured in an American drama Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law. Fabiani’s other major television and drama work includes, Marcus Welby, M.D, The Streets of San Francisco, The Rockford Files, One of My Wives Is Missing, Reuben, Reuben, The Cosby Show, Tune In Tomorrow, As the World Turns, All My Children and much more.
Joel has worked as a presenter in theater documentary Ghosts of Glory. He has also hosted and narrated on several Barbara Walters Specials.
Fabiani has narrated audiobooks Conrad Richter’s “The Light in the Forest, Loren D. Estleman’s award-winning “Aces and Eights” and Norman McLean’s “A River Runs Through.
Joel Fabiani Katharine Ross
Joel was married Katharine Rose at the beginning of his career on February 28, 1960, but they could not live in long term relationship. The couple divorced after two years in 1962.
From the 1980s on, he had several recurring roles in primetime soaps, where he appeared as publisher Alex Ward in Dallas.
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Joel Fabiani Department S
Joel and his wife moved to the United Kingdom, where he co-starred in Department S. The show is considered to be a forerunner of The X-Files and deals with a special branch of Interpol dealing with particularly baffling cases that other agencies had failed to solve.
Fabiani played the field team leader Stewart Sullivan, a pragmatic man of action and determination and a bit of a temper to go with it.
In episode 2, “The Trojan Tanker”, Fabiani was once more in a tuxedo, gambling in a casino, and looking very Bond-ish; and there were several episodes in which he wore the tuxedo at least for one scene, usually whenever he was meeting the head of the Department, Sir Curtis, for a briefing during some gala, opera or exclusive party.
Like most SpyFi shows of the 1960s, Department S did have elements of Bond. Episode 7 for instance, “Handicap – Dead”, where Sullivan attends a golf tournament in Scotland and ends up investigating the suspicious death of one of the golfers, was inspired by Goldfinger.
He was highly esteemed and appreciated by his fellow cast members. Guest star Kate O’Mara described him as “most charming” and a “perfect American gentleman”.
His co-star Rosemary Nicols called him “a very sweet guy, and extremely professional. He always came prepared, and he knew exactly what he was doing.” And Peter Wyngarde declared, “Joel was wonderful!”
The show ran successfully in the UK and was syndicated worldwide, including the US, where it ran for its full season-length. At one point in the early 1970s, it was voted the most popular series in the world.
However, the producers set their sights on other projects, such as the equally short-lived spin-off “Jason King” and the Roger Moore/Tony Curtis-show “The Persuaders!”, which also only ran for one season.
“For his part, Fabiani wasn’t too disappointed that no more episodes were commissioned. ‘When I came back to the States from England, I… wanted to go out and conquer Hollywood, which is what I immediately set out to do – and didn’t – but I had an awful lot of fun trying.’ “
Joel Fabiani Hollywood
Fabiani returned to television work, at first still very much in line with his Department S character, such as playing the FBI agent Barris in the TV movie The Longest Night (1972) opposite David Janssen.
Then he went on to guest star in many other television shows, including The FBI, Banacek, Barnaby Jones, Cannon, The Streets of San Francisco, The Rockford Files, Matt Helm, S.W.A.T., Starsky & Hutch, Columbo and Black Sheep Squadron, playing good guys and villains alike, from lawyers, prosecutors and doctors to pilots, P.I.s and gangsters.
He also appeared in numerous TV movies, including Brenda Starr 1976 with Jill St. John, thrillers like the Edgar Allan Poe Award-nominated One of My Wives Is Missing 1976 with Jack Klugman and The President’s Mistress 1978 with Beau Bridges and Larry Hagman, and the prison movie Attica (1980) with Morgan Freeman, which was nominated for several Emmys and won one.
In between, he still worked in the theatre, appearing in Broadway plays such as Love for Love (1974) and Luigi Pirandello’s The Rules of the Game in 1975, as Barelli – a show that was also featured in the PBS Great Performances series – as well as “Ashes” (1977, as Colin), the original run of the musical I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road (1978, as Joe Epstein), the courtroom drama As To The Meaning of Words (1981, as Alexander Thomas), and more.
In addition, he appeared in several feature films, including high-profile movies such as Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977), the Oscar-nominated Reuben, Reuben (1983), and Tune In Tomorrow (1990).
Others were the independent movie Dark Echoes (1977), which, ahead of its time, was a kind of forerunner of John Carpenter’s The Fog (1980), and mainstream movies like Snake Eyes.
Joel Fabiani Stage
- Career (Stage Debut)
- The Alchemist (1960)
- The Marriage of Mr. Mississippi (1960)
- The Devil’s Disciple (1960)
- Saint’s Day (1960)
- Twinkling of an Eye (1961)
- King Lear (1961)
- The Caretaker (1961)
- One Way Pendulum (1961) (US Version)
- Richard II (1962)
- Henry IV, Part 1 (1962)
- The Affair (1962)
- Dark Corners (1963)
- A Doll’s House (1963)
- Sabrina Fair
- A Thousand Clowns
- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
- The Seven Year Itch
- Bus Stop
- Mr. Grossman
- Romeo and Juliet
- The King and I
- Any Wednesday (1964)
- Beyond The Fringe (1965) (US Tour)
- Do I Hear A Waltz? (1966)
- Marat/Sade (1966)
- Hedda Gabler (1968)
- One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1971)
- Death Of A Salesman
- Candle in the Wind (1974)
- Love For Love (1974)
- The Rules of the Game (1975)
- Ashes (1977)
- I’m Getting My Act Together And Taking It On The Road (1978)
- As To The Meaning of Words (1981)
- Family Values (1996–97)
Movies And Tv Shows
- Love of Life (1963)
- The Doctors (1963 and 1968)
- Look Up and Live (1964)
- Dark Shadows (1966)
- 1999 A.D. (1967)
- Ironside (Pilot) (1967)
- N.Y.P.D. (1967)
- The Hero (1967)
- Department S (1969–1970)
- The Sixth Sense (1972)
- The Longest Night (1972)
- Particular Men (1972)
- Owen Marshall, Counsellor at Law (1972)
- Marcus Welby, M.D. (1972)
- Banacek (1973)
- The FBI (1973)
- Beg, Borrow…or Steal (1973)
- The Wide World of Mystery (1973–1975)
- The Streets of San Francisco (1973, 1975)
- Cannon (1973, 1975)
- Nicky’s World (1974)
- Women in Chains (1974)
- Barnaby Jones (two appearances, 1974)
- The Rockford Files (1975)
- Great Performances – The Rules of the Game (1975)
- Starsky and Hutch (1976)
- Matt Helm (1976)
- Risko (1976)
- McNaughton’s Daughter (1976)
- Jigsaw John (1976)
- City of Angels (1976)
- S.W.A.T. (1976)
- Brenda Starr (1976)
- The New Daughters of Joshua Cabe (1976)
- One of My Wives Is Missing (1976)
- Black Sheep Squadron (1977)
- Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)
- Dark Echoes (1977)
- Switch (1977)
- Columbo (1978)
- Wonder Woman (1978)
- The President’s Mistress (1978)
- Tom and Joann (1978)
- King Crab (1980)
- Attica (1980)
- Flamingo Road (1981)
- Dallas (1980–1981)
- Reuben, Reuben (1983)
- Santa Barbara (1984)
- Dynasty (1985–1986)
- Hotel (1986)
- American Masters: Eugene O’Neill – A Glory of Ghosts(1986)
- The Cosby Show (1988)
- Falcon Crest (1989)
- Tune In Tomorrow (1990)
- Murder, She Wrote (1992, 1994)
- General Hospital (1994)
- Guiding Light (1995)
- Loving (1995)
- The City (1996)
- Feds (1997)
- Port Charles (1997)
- Snake Eyes (1998)
- Barbara Walters Specials (Narrator) (1987–2003)
- As the World Turns (1999–2000)
- Strangers With Candy (2000)
- Strong Medicine (2000)
- Third Watch (2000)
- Law & Order (2004)
- Law and Order – Criminal Intent (2004)
- Ed (2005)
- Wanna Watch a Television Series – Ch.1: Variations on a Theme (2008)
- Wanna Watch a Television Series – Ch.2: A Fish out of Water (2008)
- All My Children (1999–2010)
Joel Fabiani Net Worth
As an actor, Fabiani has appeared in various movies from which he collects a big chunk of money. As of 2023, his estimated net worth is $70 million through which he finances and lives a celebrity.