Biography

The status of Antonio Fargas is legendary. Since his initiation into the world of film at the age of fourteen, when his exceptional interpretative skills led to a role in Shirley Clark's 'Cool World', he has been noted for the unforgettable characters he creates, most famously through his role as the incorrigible and loveable 'Huggy Bear' in TV's 'Starsky & Hutch'.

Whether perfecting outrageously comedic characters as in Robert Downey's 'Putney Swope' and Keenan Ivory Wayan's 'I'm Going to Git You Sucka', or chilling the audience through a convincing rendition of a ninety year old witchdoctor, as in the Broadway play, 'The Great White Hope', Antonio's performances have generated a near endless array of enthusiastic acclaim from some of the industry's most respected critics of film, television and stage.

His film credits include, 'Shaft', 'Car Wash', 'Pretty Baby', 'Next Stop, Greenwich Village', 'Le Bell Anglaise', 'Whore', 'Conrack', 'The Howling VI' and 'The Borrower', amongst many others. Antonio's television credits include starring, recurrent and guest roles on 'Miami Vice', 'Starsky and Hutch', 'All My Children', 'Martin', among many other programs. His list of 'Movies Of The Week' includes: ABC's 'Huggy Bear and The Turkey', PBS's 'Denmark Veresy', ABC's 'Huckleberry Finn' and CBS's 'Ambush Murder'.

Antonio's stage career is most extensive with appearances both on and off Broadway, these include Melvin Von Peeples' 'Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death', the on-Broadway production of 'The Great White Hope', North Carolina Repertory's 'The Contract', Stage West's 'The Rainmaker' and 'The Emperor Jones', and numerous other productions.

Antonio Fargas is also a partner in his own production company, Granada Entertainment. The company specialises in the writing and production of new film and television products and currently have a television series in development for British telvision. Antonio is currently partnering with a number of other aritsts in a tribute to urban art forms, the focus of his tribute is a twelve city tour of 'Calling All Saints', a gospel musical stage play about the threats to marrige and family.

His commitment to theatre is further exemplified by his position on the boards of Rhode Island's Langton Hughes Centre for the Arts, and the Martin Luther King Center of Newport. He is Chairman of the Board of the Mount Vernon Open Case Theatre, and Honorary Board Chair on the Progressive Symphony's Academy of the Arts, an organization by Maestra Yvetter Devereaux.