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 witch doctor, 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
Antonio’s stage career is most extensive with appearances both on and off Broadway, these include Melvin Van 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 specializes in the writing and production of new film and television products and currently have a television series in development for British television. Antonio is currently partnering with a number of other artists 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 marriage and family.
His commitment to theatre is further exemplified by his position on the boards of Rhode Island’s Langston 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.
Pretty Baby (1978) …. Professor
Car Wash (1976) …. Lindy
Cornbread, Earl and Me (1975) …. One-Eye
… aka Hit the Open Man
The Gambler (1974) …. Pimp
Foxy Brown (1974) ….Link Brown
Conrack (1974) …. Quickfellow
Busting (1974) …. Stephen
Cleopatra Jones (1973) …. Doodlebug Simkins
Across 110th Street (1972) …. Henry J. Jackson
Cisco Pike (1972) …. Buffalo
Believe in Me (1971) …. Boy
Shaft (1971) …. Bunky
Pound (1970) …. Greyhound