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Born: November 11, 1974
Hollywood, California, USA
Frank William Abagnale, Jr.
Born: April 27, 1948
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, USA
Born: July 9, 1956
Concord, California, USA
Born: September 20, 1919
Birthplace: Somerville, Massachusetts, USA
Death: August 4, 2005, Marietta, Georgia, USA
Born: March 31, 1943
Queens, New York City, New York, USA
Frank Abagnale, Sr.
Born: October 13, 1914
Birthplace: New York, USA
Death: March 11, 1972
The real Carl Hanratty is a composite of a number of FBI agents who worked to catch Abagnale, most notably FBI Agent Joseph Shea. Special Agent Shea was the head of the FBI investigative team chasing after Frank and had spent several years looking for him. Agent Joe Shea also acted as his main contact at the Bureau, similar to Hanratty (Tom Hanks) in the movie. For some time, Shea had believed that Frank was an experienced criminal in his mid-thirties, not realizing that his suspect was only a teenager.
Only Frank Abagnale, Jr. can answer this question, and in an interview he said the following, "It begins with my parents' divorce and its dramatic effect on me. I ran away and suddenly found myself a teenager alone in the world. I had to grow up very quickly and become very creative in order to survive. But what started out as survival became more and more of a game. I was an opportunist, so when I saw an opening I asked myself, "Could I get away with that?" Then there was the satisfaction of actually getting away with it. The more I got away with, the more of a game it became "a game I knew I would ultimately lose, but a game I was going to have fun playing until I did."
Yes. "I really didn't want to, but they insisted I do so," says Frank. "They cut all my hair off, and they put me in a cap and a big coat and put me in a night scene playing a French policeman who goes up to arrest Leo in one of the final scenes of the movie."
Don't miss the Frank Abagnale, Jr. videos below, including an extensive BBC interview with Frank during which he discusses his real life experiences and his somewhat hard-to-spot cameo in the film. Also, check out the Catch Me If You Can movie trailer and Frank's appearance on the game show To Tell the Truth.
WATCHFrank Abagnale Jr. on To Tell the Truth Game Show (1977)
The real Frank Abagnale, Jr. is featured
on the game show To Tell the
Truth in 1977. Three men pose as the
legendary con man and the contestants must
separate the real life individual from the
imposters by asking them a series of
WATCHFrank Abagnale BBC HARDTalk Interview
BBC HARDTalk interviews former scam artist
Frank Abagnale, Jr., who discusses his
life as a con man, including posing as a
pilot and a doctor. He also discusses the
movie, his capture, his five years in
Federal prison and meeting his wife while
working undercover with the FBI. His son
also became an FBI agent.
WATCHCatch Me If You Can Trailer
Watch the movie trailer for the 2002 film
Catch Me If You Can starring Tom
Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio. Directed by