Antonio Sabáto Sr. Dies: Actor In ‘Grand Prix’ And ‘Escape From The Bronx’ Was 77

Bruce Haring
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Antonio Sabáto Sr., who had roles in an eclectic slate of films over a five-decades acting career, has died from Covid-19 complications at age 77, according to his son and fellow actor Antonio Sabato Jr.

His son said that the elder Sabáto was hospitalized in California on Jan. 4. “My papa/dad is in intensive care with covid in California,” he wrote. “Lord keep him surrounded by angels and pure God’s love and strength within.”

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The elder Sabáto started his acting career in 1966 in the Italian film Lo scandalo. Later that year, he starred in Grand Prix, an American film with an international cast of actors. The film won win three Academy awards.

Sabáto starred in everything from the spaghetti western One Dollar Too Many to science fiction projects like War of the Robots. When he finally move to the US in the 1980s, his films included 1997’s High Voltage. His final credit came in a seven-episode stretch of the television series The Bold and the Beautiful in 2006.

In addition to his son, Sabáto is survived by a daughter, Simonne.

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