See C. R. Beazley, John and Sebastian Cabot: The Discovery of North America (1964); R. C. Howard, Bristol and the Cabots (1967); R. Biddle, A Memoir of Sebastian Cabot (repr. 1970); David Goodnough, John Cabot and Son (1979).
(born circa 1476, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Eng., or Venice—died 1557, London) English navigator, explorer, and cartographer. The son of John Cabot, he served at various times both the English and Spanish crowns. In 1525 he took charge of a Spanish expedition, abandoning the original goal of developing trade with the Orient and instead embarking on a fruitless expedition to South America. Later he served in England as governor of the Merchant Adventurers, organizing an expedition to search for a northeast passage from Europe to the Orient.
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At about this time Cabot began taking on television work, appearing in such series as Along the Oregon Trail, The Adventures of Hiram Holliday, Checkmate, The Beachcomber, and an appearance in The Twilight Zone episode "A Nice Place to Visit", as the white-suited, courtly provider of a vain but disillusioned man's every wish. Cabot was also a regular panelist on the TV game show Stump the Stars. In 1964, Cabot hosted the short-lived television series, Suspense, and voiced or narrated a few other film and television projects, before he was cast as Giles French in the CBS series Family Affair.
A memorable career high point was his two-year stint as one of the three leads on Eric Ambler's 1960 detective show Checkmate, which co-starred Doug McClure. A more dubious legacy exists in his spoken recitations of songs by Bob Dylan on the album Sebastian Cabot, actor/Bob Dylan, poet. Two tracks from this album appear on the Rhino Records compilation Golden Throats: The Great Celebrity Sing Off.