Antonio Fargas

antonio-fargasAntonio Juan Fargas (born August 14, 1946) is an American actor made famous for his roles in 1970s blaxploitation movies. Fargas, one of eleven children, was born in New York City to a Trinidadian mother, Mildred (née Bailey), and a Puerto Rican father, Manuel Fargas. His father worked as a refuse collector. After starring in a string of blaxploitation movies in the early ’70s, such as his role as Link Brown in the movie Foxy Brown, he gained recognition as streetwise informant “Huggy Bear” in the mid-’70s television series Starsky and Hutch. As a nod to his early roles, he had a part in the blaxploitation spoof, I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, as well as another Wayans brothers “hood” parody, Don’t Be a Menace. Some notable appearances on British television shows include participating in series 4 of the reality series I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! which began in November 2004 and an appearance on Frank Sidebottom’s Proper Telly Show in early 2006. He also appeared in ABC’s All My Children in 10038509the mid-1980’s as the father of Angie Hubbard. He guest starred in the sitcom Living Single, and recently played EVERYBODY HATES CHRISthe part of Toledo in a revival of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester (2006). He has a regular role as ‘Doc’ on Everybody Hates Chris. Fargas also played the driver in the music video of Backstreet Boys hit “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”. He currently lives in Las Vegas.  Argentine band Babasónicos released a song in their 1998 B-sides album Vórtice Marxista called Antonio Fargas. The song’s chorus repeats the phrase “Antonio Fargas is Huggy Bear”, in Spanish, and is meant to be homage to Antonio. Fargas’s son Justin is the starting running back for the Oakland Raiders. Fargas appeared recently on an episode of Fox’s “Lie to Me” as the father of a murdered firefighter.