Born in Niagara Falls and raised in Los Angeles, multi-talented actor-singer John Gabriel enjoys a career that spans a variety of media and genre. John is truly as gifted a singer as he is an actor. He is blessed with movie star good looks as well as a charming sense of humor. He got his first taste of show business as a student at U.C.L.A.. But Gabriel's stint in the Air Force provided the solid foundation needed to "learn the ropes." Based in Alamagordo, New Mexico and charged with the responsibility of providing entertainment for the troops, by the end of his military service, he knew where he was headed next — Hollywood!
Hearing that Fox Studios was looking for leading man types, John sent in a photo. He was signed by Fox, making his feature film debut in "The Young Lions" starring Marlon Brando followed by a featured role in "The Hunters" with Robert Mitchum and Robert Wagner. John was the original professor in "Gilligan's Island." He played Pedro the Mexican bandito in Howard Hawk's "El Dorado" starring John Wayne for which he also wrote the title song with Nelson Riddle. Then, bi-coastal John played the lead on Broadway in "The Happy Time" and "Applause." While in New York cabarets he landed his first soap opera, "Love of Life" (Linc Morrison).
Gabriel was chosen for the reoccurring role of Andy Rivers, Mary Richards' sportscaster boyfriend on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," but the part for which he is best known is that of Dr. Seneca Beaulac, on the enduring and memorable ABC soap, "Ryan's Hope." John spent 10 years in that role, garnering an Emmy nomination and 20 million faithful fans. He went on to another ABC soap, "Loving," playing ace lawyer Zack Conway. While at ABC daytime, he continued the pursuit of his music. He gathered other musically inclined soap actors and recorded "John Gabriel and Friends" (Cadence).
John hosted his highly successful radio show on the RKO network, was the host of American Movie Classics, host and creator of King World's "Soap Spot" and producer/on air talent for his long time friend Charles Grodin's talk show on CNBC and MSNBC. He was also commercial spokesman for The Wall Street Journal for three years and ten years, Oldsmobile.
As someone who watched soap operas in the seventies when my children were babies and I was tied to a daily routine of "burps and baths," John Gabriel, aka. Dr. Seneca Baeaulac, from the popular ABC soap “Ryan’s Hope,” was a most welcomed distraction. He was strikingly handsome and there was a quiet charm and elegance about him that endeared him to millions of other faithful fans and won him an Emmy nomination. Throughout a long career that spans almost every facet of show business, he never lost his love for singing songs from the Great American Songbook. He recently presented an evening of favorite songs from favorite songwriters, entitled, “The Songs and Stories of Some Great American Songwriters” to a full house of ardent admirers and enthusiastic colleagues at The Metropolitan Room in New York. – Lynn DiMenna, "AT THE RITZ!"
"A winner. In short he's got what it takes." — Daily Variety
"He sings honestly, sincerely and quite beautifully." — New York Post
"John's ability to tell the story of the song has now placed him among that select group of singers who can transport you by reaching deep within themselves." — Charles Grodin
John Gabriel may be the best Actor-Singer around - TV News
"Gabriel's strong baritone... shines. He has a rich, legit sound recalling the likes of John Raitt and Gordon MacRae." — John Hoglund, Backstage
To date, John has appeared in 16 feature films, and 54 television programs. One of his best friends is renowned songwriter Ervin Drake (I Believe, It Was A Very Good Year, Good Morning Heartache). John teamed with Drake on a recently released CD "From John With Love" on Harbinger Records. Currently, John has joined with his actress wife Sandy (All My Children) and daughters Melissa and Andrea, also actors, on a new CD - "The Gabriels" (BCI).
Gabriel's career has spanned almost every facet of show business: films, Broadway, off-Broadway, prime-time TV, daytime TV, recordings, cabaret, Atlantic City, commercials, producing and songwriting.
John and Sandy divide their time between The East Coast, where Melissa and her husband Chris and their sons Mikey and Brendan reside, and Los Angeles, Andrea's home base.