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Sabu Dastagir ACTOR

Sabu Dastagir was born on January 27th, 1924 in Karapur, Mysore, Kingdom of Mysore, then a Princely State of British India.  His father was an elephant driver and he had a brother, who later worked as his manager but also owned a furniture store with two other men.  Sadly, in a attempted robbery of the furniture store, his brother was killed.
At the age of thirteen, Sabu was discovered by a film maker Robert Flaherty, who was making a documentary and chose to cast Sabu as the elephant driver in the British film, "Elephant Boy".(1937).  He soon followed with another British film called, "The Thief of Bagdad" (1940) for which he played the character, Abu.  Then in 1942 he was cast in another film, "Jungle Book" in which all three of these film roles were based on the stories of Toomai of the Elephants by Rudyard Kipling. 

Sabu paired up with Jon Hall, Maria Montez and Turhan Bey in three films in a row, "Arabian Nights" (1942), "White Savage" (1943) and "Cobra Woman" (1944), all filmed in Technicolor and quite popular to audiences during World War II as an escape from the ravages of wartime news. 
In 1944, Sabu became an American citizen and joined the United States Army working as a tail gunner.  He was even awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his bravery.  When Sabu completed his service he planed to return back to acting and found that he was not getting offered the same caliber of roles that he was used to in British films.  He did get an occasional role such as in the film, "Black Narcissus" (1947).  His final film role was in, "A Tiger Walks" (1964) which was only released a year after he passed away.  
Sabu married only once in 1948 to another actress, Marilyn Cooper and together they had two children.  They remained together until he passed away on December 2nd, 1963 in Chatsworth, California of a sudden and very unexpected heart attack at the young age of thirty nine.  He is interred at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills Cemetery. 
His children both went on to have successful careers in different fields.  His daughter, Jasmine was an animal trainer who also passed away young in 2001 and his son, Paul started a rock band called Sabu in the 1980's. 


1937 Elephant Boy
1938 The Drum
1940 The Thief of Bagdad
1942 Jungle Book
1942 Arabian Nights
1943 White Savage
1944 Cobra Woman
1946 Tangier
1947 Black Narcissus
1947 The End of the River
1948 Man-Eater of Kumaon
1951 Savage Drums
1952 Baghdad
1952 Buongiorno, elefante!
1954 Il Tesoro del Bengala
1956 The Black Panther
1956 Jungle Hell
1957 Sabu and the Magic Ring
1960 Herrin der Welt - Part I
1963 Rampage
1964 A Tiger Walks   

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