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The Day I Met Sebastian Cabot (Mr. French)

I was born in Los Angeles and lived there until I was almost seven years old. One day, while shopping at Von’s Grocery Store in Hacienda Heights with my mom and older brother, we ran into Sebastian Cabot. I was probably five-years-old at the time and was so excited to see him. I loved watching him play Mr. French on Family Affair.

My brother encouraged me to introduce myself to him and ask for his autograph, so that’s exactly what I did. I walked up to him and asked him if he was Mr French, but much to my surprise he abruptly told me no. My brother whispered to me to ask him if he was Sebastian Cabot, so I did and he nodded his head, yes, and then I asked him if I could have his autograph. He matter-of-factly told me no.

My brother and I have talked about this so many times over the years. We were so stunned to discover that Sebastian Cabot was nothing like Mr. French!

Family Affair aired on CBS from 1966 to 1971. It was about orphaned twins Buffy and Jody and their older sister, Cissy. They lived in a luxurious New York City apartment with their Uncle Bill and Mr. French was an “English gentleman’s gentleman” who helped care for the children.

In this episode, the kids worry that wealthy Uncle Bill’s love interest, Louise, is going to eventually send them packing. Mrs. Beasley, Buffy’s favorite doll, is also featured in this episode. She made frequent appearances throughout the years.

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  1. jen

    @MOM – I forgot all about the part where he was drunk!!

  2. Anonymous

    Hi Jen–
    I remember this as if it were yesterday yesterday. I also recall– our Dear Mr. French had been drinking a strong brew which was not English Breakfast Tea. He was “Three Sheets in the Wind.” (a wee bit intoxicated) Thanks for the memory.
    Hugs– Mom

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