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Also Known As: Sabu Dastagir Died: December 2, 1963
Born: January 27, 1924 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: India Profession: actor

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Former stable boy who achieved international fame after being cast by Robert Flaherty as the delightfully engaging "Elephant Boy" (1937). He subsequently appeared in several Alexander Korda productions and a number of US films through the mid-1960s. Boyishly handsome, with an outgoing personality and natural talent as an actor, Sabu did well in England in "Drums" (1938) and especially the splendid "The Thief of Bagdad" (1940). His first American films, such as an adaptation of "The Jungle Book" (1942), were also worthy, but Sabu was soon typecast in a series of outlandish, exotic jungle and desert adventures alongside Maria Montez, Jon Hall and Turhan Bey. His last really interesting film was Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger's stunning "Black Narcissus" (1947). Subsequent work was mostly in low-budget adventures right up until his premature death at 39 from a heart attack.

Former stable boy who achieved international fame after being cast by Robert Flaherty as the delightfully engaging "Elephant Boy" (1937). He subsequently appeared in several Alexander Korda productions and a number of US films through the mid-1960s. Boyishly handsome, with an outgoing personality and natural talent as an actor, Sabu did well in England in "Drums" (1938) and especially the splendid "The Thief of Bagdad" (1940). His first American films, such as an adaptation of "The Jungle Book" (1942), were also worthy, but Sabu was soon typecast in a series of outlandish, exotic jungle and desert adventures alongside Maria Montez, Jon Hall and Turhan Bey. His last really interesting film was Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger's stunning "Black Narcissus" (1947). Subsequent work was mostly in low-budget adventures right up until his premature death at 39 from a heart attack.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 A Tiger Walks (1964) Ram Singh
2.
 Rampage (1963) Talib
3.
 Sabu and the Magic Ring (1957) Sabu
4.
 Jaguar (1956) Juano
5.
 Jungle Hell (1955) The Jungle Boy
6.
 Buongiorno Elefante! (1952) Hindu Ruler
7.
 Savage Drums (1951) Tipo
8.
 Song of India (1949) Ramdar
9.
 Man-Eater of Kumaon (1948) Narain
10.
 The End of the River (1947) Manoel
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Milestones close milestones

1937:
Screen debut in "Elephant Boy"
1942:
First American films, "Arabian Nights" and "The Jungle Book"
1964:
Last film, "A Tiger Walks"

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wife:
Bibi Ferreira. Actor. Married in 1947.
wife:
Marilyn Cooper. Married in 1949; survived him; not to be confused with Broadway performer Marilyn Cooper (born in 1935).

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son:
Paul Cooper Dastagir. Composer, songwriter. Survived him.
daughter:
Jasmine Sabu. Animal trainer, author. Born in March 1957; survived him; died on April 15, 2001.

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