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Film: North side of the 6200 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Born Sabu Dastagir on Jan. 27, 1924 in Mysore, India
Died Dec. 2, 1963 of heart attack in Chatsworth, Calif.

Sabu Dastagir was an Indian-born actor and the former "elephant boy" of films.

His career started when he was spotted by producer Sir Alexander Korda; he was handling elephants with mahouts for one of Korda's pictures, "Elephant Boy." Sabu, the son of the veterinary for the maharajah-owner of the elephants, became Korda's protege and later was induced to come to the United States.

His films include "Drums," "Thief of Bagdad," "Jungle Book," "The End of the River," "White Savage," "Cobra Woman," "Black Narcissus," "Song of India" and others.

In World War II, he won the Distinguished Flying Cross while serving with a B-25 bombing group in the Pacific.

He was a member of the Hollywood Masonic Lodge.

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