Thursday, May 5, 2016

RIP Abel Fernandez

RIP Abel Fernandez

Guerra & Gutierrez Mortuary
May 4, 2016

Abel Michael Fernandez, 85 of Whittier, California entered into eternal rest on May 3, 2016.  Abel was born on July 14, 1930 to Guadalupe Alvirdez and Abel Gonzalez Fernandez in Los Angeles, California. Abel was Actor for the Movie Industry for over forty five years of his life.

Fernandez was a Yaqui/Mexican actor who played in movies from 1953 to 2002. He is best known for his role as Federal Agent William "Bill" Youngfellow on the 1959-1963 ABC Television series The Untouchables. He was the only cast member from the original Untouchables lineup in the series' 1959 "Scarface Mob" pilot, other than Robert Stack himself, to be cast for the series. His character is based on that of William Jennings Gardner , Native American member of the real-life Untouchables Federal squad. Abel was born in Los Angeles, California on July 14, 1930. His mother was a Yakaii Indian and his father, a Mexican Indian. Abel was the youngest of a large family, and sadly, lost his mother at birth. He attended Belmont High School in Los Angeles, (now Cathedral High School), and , at the age of 16, enlisted in the United States Army, eventually becoming a paratrooper. While there, he was the Middleweight Boxing Champ of Asiatic Forces. After his discharge, he became a professional boxer from 1950-1953. He studied acting and started in films in 1953. Fernandez has also appeared in dozens of TV series

Abel is survived by his children Delia, Elsa, Patrick and Tony. thirteen grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren; as well as many other family members and friends who will love and miss him.

May Abel Michael Fernandez rest in peace!


FERNANDEZ, Able (Abel Michael Gonzalez Fernandez)
Born: 7/14/1930, East Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 5/3/2016, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Abel Fernandez’s westerns – actor:
Rose Marie – 1954 (Indian warrior)
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (TV) – 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958 (O-Ye-Tza, Quemado, Panjito)
Stories of the Century (TV) – 1954 (Yellow Hat)
Fort Yuma – 1955 (Mangus)
The Last Command – 1955 (Mexican soldier)
Many Rivers to Cross – 1955 (Slangoh)
Strange Lady in Town – 1955 (Apache)
Cheyenne (TV) – 1955 (Abel)
The Last Warrior – 1956 (Apache Medicine Man)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1956, 1958, 1959 (Little Wolf, Indian, Nate)
Zane Grey Theater (TV) – 1956, 1959 (Indian, Cota)
The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV) 1957 (Osceola)
Decision at Sundown – 1957 (Pete)
Union Pacific – 1958 (Chicoola)
Have Gun – Will travel (TV) – 1957, 1958 (bandit, Little Horse, guard)
The Saga of Andy Burnett (TV) – 1957-1958 (Chief Kiasak)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1957, 1959 (Indian, Tonino, Shoshone Leader)
Frontier Justice (TV) – 1958 (Indian)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1958 (Big Cloud)
Bonanza (TV) – 1959 (Lean Knife)
Restless Gun (TV) – 1959 (Garcia)
U.S. Marshal (TV) – 1959
The Texica (TV) – 1959 (Juan)
Rio Conchos – 1964 (Mexican)
The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (TV) – 1964 (Joseph)
Apache Uprising – 1965 (Young Apache Chief)
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969 (White Feather, Tafend, warrior, Bear Paw, sentry)
Appaloosa – 1966 (Mexican farmer)
Iron Horse (TV) – 1966 War Cloud)
Hondo – 1967 (Indian)
The Big Valley (TV) – 1968 (Apache)
The Virginian (TV) – 1968 (Sapewa)

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