Published on September 3, 2013 by Amy
Abel Gonzalez Fernandez (born July 14, 1930) is 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.
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Abel was born in Los Angeles, California on July 14, 1930. His mother was Yaqui Indian and his father, Mexican Indian. Abel was the youngest of a large family and lost his mother at birth. He attended Belmont High School in Los Angeles, and at the age of 16, enlisted in the United States Army, eventually becoming a paratrooper. While there, he won 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 T.V.and film roles in series such as “Daniel Boone”, “Bonanza”, “Time Tunnel”, “Gunsmoke”, “Batman”, “Wagon Train”, “The Virginian”, “Have Gun–Will Travel”, and “Marcus Welby M.D.,” as well as theatrical films such as “Fort Yuma”, “Target Zero”,”Second Chance” (1953) with Robert Mitchum, “Alaska Seas” starring Robert Ryan (also 1953),”Rose Marie” with Fernando Lamas (1954) “The Last Wagon”,(1956) “Pork Chop Hill” starring Gregory Peck (1959), “Madigan” with Richard Widmark (1968) and many more. He also appeared in the ABC TV series “The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin” (with Lee Aaker) as an Apache warrior.
Today, Abel occasionally produces theatrical shows for disadvantaged children.