Sabu Dastagir was born in India on January 27, 1924. He became a film actor who was known simply as Sabu. Sabu was the son of a mahout, which is Indian for an elephant driver.
Sabu was discovered by Robert Flaherty, a documentary film-maker, who gave him the role of an elephant driver in his film 'Elephant Boy', which was released in 1937. The film was based on a story by Rudyard Kipling titled 'Toomai of the Elephants'. Sabu went on to play other parts and is best known for his role of Abu in the 1940 film 'The Thief of Bagdad'. Two years later he starred as Mowgli in the Zoltan Korda's film of the Jungle Book.
In 1944 Sabu become an American citizen and flew as a tail gunner in the U.S Army Air Force. After many missions he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, for valor and bravery.
After the war Sabu was unable to bring bring the success he had in British films to Hollywood and his career went into decline. Aged just 39 Sabu died of a heart attack and is buried in Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery.
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Sabu Elephant Boy Issue #30