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Frank William Abagnale: Doctor, Lawyer, Pilot… (Not)


He has achieved legendary status among conmen
by pulling off some of the most outrageous, brazen and unbelievable deceits in the history
of fraud. By the age of 21, he had impersonated a Pan
Am pilot, a paediatric supervising doctor and a lawyer, charming everyone he met and
bouncing checks all over the world. In this week’s Biographics, we take a look
at the incredible story of Frank William Abagnale. Early Life Frank William Abagnale was born on April 27th,
1948 in New Rochelle, New York. Named after his father, who owned a stationery
business, Frank was the third of four children. His mother, Paulette, was of French-Algerian
extraction. The couple met while Frank, Sr. was on active
service in Algiers during World War 2. They were soon married despite a thirteen
-year age gap. Frank, Sr. proved to be a very successful
businessman with the stationery store doing exceptionally well. As a result, the family lived in a large home
and, although the Abagnale’s were by no means rich, Frank. Jr and his siblings had a comfortable childhood. A Family Torn Apart Frank attended Ioana Catholic School in Westchester,
New York. His world was turned upside down in 1960,
when his parents separated. This came as a shock to all the children,
who thought that their mother was a contented housewife who had everything she ever wanted. However, Frank Sr. was very active in local
body politics, as well as being active in the management of the New York Yacht Club. In addition, he was a very keen deep-sea fisherman. All of these interests meant that he was often
away from home. One day he came home from an overseas marlin
fishing adventure to find that his wife and four kids had moved out. Frank Sr. was crushed by the separation. He deeply loved his wife and fought to get
her back until the day he died. But Paulette’s mind was made. As a sign of independence, she enrolled in
dental college and began building a life of her own. Frank Sr. recruited Jr. to help him win back
Paulette’s affections. He would give his son gifts to pass on, schooling
him just to what to say and how to say it. But Paulette wouldn’t budge. The couple divorced when Frank was fourteen. Living with Dad Unlike his siblings, Frank chose to live with
his father. This opened up a whole new world for the teenager,
who had been used to a regimented and disciplined life with his mother. Tagging along with his dad, he began spending
time in the bars around New York as Frank Sr. wheeled and dealed amongst the city’s
businessmen and politicians. The experience quickly made the boy street-wise. It was around this time that Frank began to
skip school in order to run with a handful of local punks who were, like him, from dysfunctional
families and seeking some way to express their frustrations. Frank was bigger and more mature looking than
his associates, which was handy when it to came to playing hooky – he was often mistaken
for a teacher on an outing with students. The group committed minor crimes like sneaking
into movie theaters and stealing candy. Frank soon became frustrated at the childishness
and lack of sophistication of his partners in crime. They didn’t exhibit any of the class that
he had realized was the key to making it as a successful criminal. Things came to a head when his mates stole
a car while the owner was watering his lawn. They swung by to pick Frank up only to be
stopped by the police moments later. Frank and his fellow cons were thrown into
juvenile detention. Frank Sr’s political connections managed
to get his son sprung and to have any mention of the incident erased from the record. Frank’s dad told him that he was wasting
his time hanging around kids who were clearly not as mature or sophisticated as him. It was time to start acting like a man. The pep talk seemed to do the trick and Frank
began attending school regularly. He also got a part time job as a shipping
clerk at a warehouse in Bronxville. To show his support for his son’s change
of direction, Frank Sr. bought him his first car – an old Ford. Wheels and Girls Having a set of wheels opened up new horizons
for young Frank. Specifically, it allowed him to meet and enjoy
the company of girls. For the next couple of years, by his own admission,
he was consumed with satisfying his teenage libido. He would cruise around town, prowling for
a young lady that he could entice with his ever-growing charm into an evening of intimate
activity. Frank soon discovered that his sexual excursions
cost money. Invariably he’d have to supply his conquest
with a coke and a burger in order to keep her happy. The problem was that his meagre finances didn’t
allow for such an expense. Frank approached his dad and requested a gas
charge card. He promised that he wouldn’t abuse the privilege
and his father was impressed with his sincerity. He handed his Mobil card over to his son. A month later, Frank enacted his first scam. Pulling into a Mobil gas station he saw a
sign announcing that you can put a new set of tires on your car and charge it to your
Mobil Card. It was then that he realized that you could
use the card for other things aside from gas. Thinking fast, he approached an attendant
at the station that he was familiar with. Frank asked what it would cost for a new sets
of tires – the answer was $160. Frank readily acknowledged that he didn’t
need new tires but said that he was desperately short of cash. So, he suggested that he buy the set of tires
and charge them to the card. But rather than taking the tires, the attendant
would give Frank a hundred dollars for them. He could then sell off the tires for $160,
making a quick sixty-dollar profit. Ten minutes later Frank drove away from the
Mobil with a hundred dollars cash in his pocket. He was hooked. Over the next few weeks, Frank replicated
the scheme at different Mobil stations around the Bronx. At times he would simplify the deal, offering
the pump attendant to give him ten dollars of cash while signing a bill for a twenty-dollar
gas sale. It was only when the bill from Mobil arrived
that Frank realized that his father was the chump who would pay for his excesses. But Frank had a simple solution- he threw
the bills into the waste bin. Of course, that didn’t solve anything. Pretty soon, a Mobil representative visited
Frank Sr. at his store and requested an explanation for an outstanding $3,400 bill in 3 months
after 15 years of impeccable payment history. Frank Jr. was called in front of both men
to explain. He said he didn’t know what they were talking
about, but neither man was convinced. Finally, Frank admitted it, but quickly offered
the ultimate excuse . . . It’s the girl’s dad – they do funny
things to me. I can’t explain it. His father nodded with a wry smile and replied
. . . Don’t worry about it, boy. Einstein couldn’t understand it either. Unfortunately for young Frank, his mother
wasn’t so understanding. She blamed his criminal activity on the influence
of his father and promptly organized for him to attend a Catholic private school for problem
children. Frank spent a year there. During those twelve months his father’s
financial fortunes took a steep reverse and he lost almost everything. He was quick to assure his son that the $3,400
that he had stolen was not a factor in his money problems. On His Own Frank left home at 16. He left without saying a word to anyone, hopping
on a train to New York City. Along with the few belongings that he’d
crammed into a suitcase, he had in his possession a check book that had $200 in the account. An hour off the train he had attached himself
to a teenage boy and convinced him to take him home with him. Frank went on to spin a story about being
an orphan and that he was determined to make it on his own in the big city. The parents offered for him a stay to as long
as he wanted it. The next day Frank got a job as a stock clerk
for $1.50 per hour. He quickly found out this was not going to
pay his way in New York. He figured that the reason for his low wage
was his age. So, he simply altered the date of birth on
his driver’s license from 1948 to 1938. Now, as a 26-year-old, he went out looking
for another job. He found one as a truck driver’ helper for
$2.75 an hour. Frank supplemented his income by cashing checks
from his account. After a couple of days, he knew that his account
was overdrawn, but that technicality didn’t phase him. He continued writing bad checks on a daily
basis. It didn’t take him long to rationalise that
his time working for $2.75 an hour was not worth his effort. So, he quit and simply wrote more bad checks. Pilot One day, while walking along 42nd Street,
Frank was stopped in his tracks at the sight of an aircrew from Eastern Airlines emerging
from the Commodore Hotel. He was mesmerized as the captain, co-pilot,
flight engineer and four stewardesses breezed by. Frank wrote in his memoir that he had never
seen such a splendid group of people. His mind began to work overtime. Imagine if he were a pilot. He would have instant respect – and, as
a result, would be able to cash checks anywhere with impunity. Continuing down the street, he found himself
outside of the Pan Am building. Quickly he formulated a plan. He returned to his accommodation, found Pam
Am’s phone number, rang and asked to speak to someone in the purchasing department. He went on to inform the purchasing officer
that he was a Pam Am pilot based in Los Angeles. He was due to hop a flight back home at 8
pm, but his uniform had been stolen. He confidently requested a replacement uniform. The helpful purchasing officer gave Frank
directions to the uniform company to pick up his uniform. He walked out with a complete co-pilot’s
uniform in hand. What he needed now was a pilot’s ID card. He quickly had one made up, affixing the Pan
Am logo from a model plane that he purchased for $2.49. Decked out in his Pan Am uniform, Frank walked
into La Guardia airport. He was soon approached by a TWA co-pilot who
asked what Pan Am was doing at La Guardia. It turned out that Pan Am did not fly out
of La Guardia. Picking up on his research, Frank replied
. . . ‘oh, I just deadheaded in from Frisco on
the first flight I could catch. I’ll catch a chopper to Kennedy’ This answer seemed to satisfy. But then the co-pilot asked . . .
What kind of equipment you on? This threw Frank. In his research, he hadn’t come across the
word equipment used in that context. Searching for the right answer, he came out
with . . . General Electric. The pilot was actually asking what type of
plane Frank flew so the quizzical look on his face at this reply was understandable. Frank quickly made his departure. He didn’t attempt to board a plane that
first day. He was to spend some weeks getting confident
in his role as he wandered the airport, struck up conversations with pilots and built his
store of ‘shop knowledge’. During this time, he also found great success
in cashing checks in his pilot’s uniform. In fact, the tellers couldn’t give him the
cash fast enough. Finally ready to take to the skies, Frank
turned up at La Guardia’s Eastern Operations office and informed the desk clerk that he
needed to deadhead to Miami on the next flight, assuming that there was room on the plane. Deadheading was the name used for the practice
of allowing staff to travel for free in order to get to a job location. He was told there was a vacancy on a flight
departing in fifteen minutes. Within minutes he found himself in the cockpit
sitting in a tiny seat which came down from the door behind him. With him were the pilot, co-pilot and flight
attendant. After asking what type of equipment he flew,
the three pretty much ignored him for the rest of the flight. Before getting off at Miami, Frank made a
date with one the stewardesses who was laying over in Miami that night. Amazed at how simple the whole process had
been, Frank became a serial deadheader. Upon arriving in a city, he would stay overnight
in a motel used by Pam Am staff, charge the bill to the company, and in the morning, before
heading to his next deadhead flight, cash a bad check for a hundred or more dollars
just to have some ready cash. This pattern continued for two years, between
the ages of sixteen and eighteen, taking him to twenty-six countries on more than 250 flights
that covered in excess of a million miles. Doctor By the middle of 1966, Frank was ready for
a new gig. He had experienced a close call when someone
had stated that he didn’t actually work for Pan Am. Fortunately, his bluster and feigned outrage
got him through the challenge but he knew that eventually the game would be up. It was when applying for a long-term lease
on an apartment in Atlanta, Georgia that he, on a whim, wrote down his profession as medical
doctor. When asked what type of doctor he was, he
replied that he was a paediatrician, based in California but was on a 12-month sabbatical
to audit some research papers. Things went well for a period of time, until
one day he got a knock at the door. His new neighbor introduced himself – Dr.
Willis Granger, chief resident paediatrician at the Smithers General Hospital in Marietta. Frank was afraid that Granger would blow his
cover but, fortunately the real doctor wasn’t one to talk shop and they were able to cross
each other’s paths without incident. Meanwhile Frank spent as much time as he could
at the local library reading up on the subject of paediatrics. A few weeks later Frank felt confident enough
to accept an offer from Dr. Granger to tour Smithers General Hospital. After that he made regular visits. On one such occasion he was approached by
the hospital administrator and asked to do him a huge favor – could he cover a midnight
to eight shift for a doctor who would be away for ten days due to a death in the family? Frank objected that he didn’t have a licence
to practice in Georgia. But the administrator countered that he wouldn’t
really be doing anything during the night shift, just overseeing interns and nurses. So long as he passed an interview panel of
five doctors everything would be fine. Frank’s initial impulse was to refuse – there
were too many dangers involved. But he was so intrigued with the challenge. And so he agreed. Much to Frank’s relief, the interview was
light hearted and non-inquisitorial. He was now a night shift paediatric supervising
doctor with 8 interns and 40 nurses under his control. In order to make it through, Frank took on
the persona of rule-breaking anti-establishment practitioner in the mold of Hawkeye Pierce
on his favorite TV show, MASH. Things went smoothly until he was called to
the emergency room. He took his time getting there, hoping that
an intern would step in. When he finally arrived, there were three
interns gathered around the patient. Frank asked them for their diagnoses, and
when all three agreed he told then to go ahead with the procedure. At the end of his ten-day stint, Frank was
approached by the administrator and informed that the doctor he was replacing was not coming
back. Could he possibly stay on until a replacement
could be found? He ended up spending 11 months as a doctor
at Smithers Hospital. Lawyer After finishing up at the hospital, Frank
decided to leave Atlanta. He moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he
met up with a flight steward that he had formerly had a relationship with. Remembering that Frank had told her about
his (supposed) law degree from Harvard, the girl introduced him at a party to assistant
state’s attorney, Jason Wilcox. On learning that Frank was currently out of
work, Wilcox told him that the Attorney General was looking for bright articulate young lawyers. Why didn’t he take the bar exam and practice
with them? Once again, Frank found it impossible to resist
the challenge. On his third attempt he passed the bar exam. He was given a position in one of the Attorney
General’s civil departments. The job was really that of a glorified errand
boy, but Frank was happy in the anonymity of the role. Around this time, he began dating a girl named
Gloria, who was a staunch Methodist. Through this relationship he ended up on a
church committee, sitting alongside a man who was a real graduate of Harvard Law School. This guy began asking too many specific questions
and Frank knew it was time to pull the plug on his law career. Frank next turned up in Utah, where he claims
to have scammed his way to becoming a teacher at Brigham Young University for eight months. However, the university denies that he ever
worked there. Prisoner By now Frank was wanted in many parts of the
world for a long list of fraudulent activities. The FBI were on his trail, as was Interpol. His luck finally ran out while he was spending
time in the southern French town of Montrichard. He was arrested on the basis of an Interpol
warrant for fraud issued from Sweden for fraudulent checks written during a visit while he was
supposedly a Pan Am employee. The French authorities soon discovered that
he had written false checks all over their country also and so they refuse to honor the
extradition. Frank was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment
in France, which, after being reduced to 6 months, was served at Perpignan prison. Conditions were abysmal and Frank’s weight
went from 198 to 109 pounds during his stay there. He was then extradited to Sweden where he
served another six months imprisonment. Upon his release from Malmo prison in Sweden,
Frank was taken into custody by US Federal officers and returned to the United States. After a third trial, he was convicted to twelve
years imprisonment for multiple cases of fraud. During his time in US custody he escaped twice
but was recaptured on both occasions. Going Straight After four years jail, Frank was offered a
deal – his prison term would be quashed if he agreed be an on-call consultant to assist
the authorities to investigate fraud cases. Frank agreed. After his release from prison he took on a
succession of menial jobs, only to be fired for not revealing his criminal past. He then decided to parlay his vast criminal
experience into a legitimate career by becoming a security consultant and advising companies
as to how they could avoid the sorts of scams that he had perpetrated for so long. He went on to set up his own fraud protection
company, Abagnale and Associates. He has been advising the FBI on fraud related
matters for more than 40 years. Frank Abagnale, aged 70 in 2018, lives in
Charleston, South Carolina, with his wife Kelly. They have three sons, one of whom works for the FBI.

100 Comments

  1. John Matrixx
    John Matrixx December 11, 2018

    Frank is a legend. He was such a scam artist that he got rich my helping companies avoid scams as his. He scammed his way to Hollywood.

  2. Whitney Hawkins
    Whitney Hawkins December 17, 2018

    This is inaccurate. If you look up interviews with Frank Abagnale, this is completely wrong. He never knew his parents were getting a divorce until the day of and never lived with his dad. The day he found out his parents were getting divorced is the day he ran away.

  3. Danjoker
    Danjoker December 22, 2018

    He looked 40 when he was 18, damn

  4. john bumptybump
    john bumptybump December 23, 2018

    the audacity, i love it… i mean, he could have killed people… but… even so

  5. Seraephus
    Seraephus December 27, 2018

    I concur

  6. MyrON Gain3s
    MyrON Gain3s December 28, 2018

    “Where ya goin frank? Huh some place exotic. Tahiti, where ya goin frank?”

  7. mary downs
    mary downs December 29, 2018

    I would give anything to live his life, it sounds so interesting and fun

  8. Qbertw Points
    Qbertw Points January 3, 2019

    Can someone explain the tire scam

  9. Kiko Kiko
    Kiko Kiko January 4, 2019

    This video is not that reliable, I watched a video of the man himself tell his story. There are many details that were altered in the video

  10. Starving Wolf
    Starving Wolf January 11, 2019

    Check out him telling his own story right here on YouTube, it's a 2 hour video and extremely interesting, the real story is even better than the movie and he shares alot of wisdom.

  11. Andrea Fulton
    Andrea Fulton January 26, 2019

    I concur with Whitney. This info is tremendously removed from The actual story. I’ve listened to multiple interviews
    and talks he’s given and his story greatly conflicts with your information. If anyone is interested in listening to FA, speak he has many appearances videoed here on UTube. . You can check those videos to see who has the correct data. I’m very disappointed to discover your bios are very inaccurate. I was enjoying listening to them — until I learned your research can’t be trusted. Too bad…

  12. Alexander Walle
    Alexander Walle January 30, 2019

    This is the first one I liked before it even finished; identical to the guy retching in the Waffle House bathroom who played it off, then left with his buddies who didn't tell anyone either, there's that knock on the door you don't expect that gets you caught.

  13. John Beauvais
    John Beauvais February 7, 2019

    The real life Neal Caffrey

  14. Your Majesty
    Your Majesty February 9, 2019

    These videos are MY CRACK.
    But you might consider better audio.
    I'm not savy, but when I'm watching other YouTube videos and then watch one of yours the audio just sounds like it's in a can.
    And I love your accent and cadence.
    So shine that audio up for us.

  15. digapygmy70
    digapygmy70 February 10, 2019

    Oh damn, apparently he lives in the same city as me! I'd like to meet him, he seems like an extremely interesting dude.

  16. hunter Files
    hunter Files February 10, 2019

    Loved the movie

  17. oXBixbyXo I
    oXBixbyXo I February 11, 2019

    Fist!👊

  18. Talon ONLY
    Talon ONLY February 12, 2019

    This guy literally winged his way through life

  19. alyisdead
    alyisdead February 13, 2019

    I wish I was as clever or half as smart as Frank was, although I’d feel bad about scamming people

  20. Joe Mama
    Joe Mama February 13, 2019

    Speaking of M*A*S*H, there was an episode where there was a guy posing as a doctor, but had also posed as an engineer and several other military jobs. At the end Hawkeye let him go and he was wearing a chaplain's cross.

  21. Caleb Ozbirn
    Caleb Ozbirn February 16, 2019

    There is a movie about this called catch me if you can with Leo DiCaprio as abignale and Tom thanks as the FBI it's a pretty good watch

  22. Limrasson
    Limrasson February 16, 2019

    Maybe if some random dude can pass your tests and bars and sell himself as a legit expert, your profession isn't actually worth 3-5 years of study.

  23. Yora
    Yora February 18, 2019

    16:00 What reason would he have to lie about that? On the other hand, what reason would the university have to lie about it? Hm….

  24. jeff Fossen
    jeff Fossen February 19, 2019

    I love Bio ! I would like to see some Bios on explorers…..Hilary..Balboa….Henry Hudson….Lewis and Clark…..keep up the great work and Thank You

  25. John Opalko
    John Opalko February 25, 2019

    Smart as a whip and brass balls to boot. I know it's considered poor form to admire criminals, but I just can't help it in this case.

  26. Matthew Doughty
    Matthew Doughty February 26, 2019

    Can you do mathematicians? i.e. Leonhard Euler or Srinivasa Ramanujan

  27. Onward Mahachi
    Onward Mahachi March 1, 2019

    Legend….

  28. TheMysteriousMan
    TheMysteriousMan March 4, 2019

    I played him in my high school musical the show was great

    LiVe iN LiViNg cOLor LeT mE tAkE yOu fOr a RiDe….

  29. Ignorance is bliss
    Ignorance is bliss March 4, 2019

    What a life, should be made into a movie….

  30. Brendan Herbstritt
    Brendan Herbstritt March 8, 2019

    Just say the guy from catch me if u can for gods sake

  31. Mew4U
    Mew4U March 9, 2019

    Geez, some people are just crazy fearless!

  32. randomaccountxxxx
    randomaccountxxxx March 14, 2019

    The balls on this kid!

  33. lucy girl
    lucy girl March 23, 2019

    Hmmm, I watched Frank Abignale on TED TALKS and he mentioned nary a word about many of the schemes mentioned here. He pretty much began (…and ended) with writing bad checks.

  34. Heyitsaddie23
    Heyitsaddie23 March 23, 2019

    This guys life stressed me out. I feel like he was just constantly cramming knowledge for his scams. Kind of like a never ending finals week for college students. I relate.

  35. bigredhawkeye
    bigredhawkeye March 28, 2019

    so he has $160 charged to his gas card for tires, doesnt actually takes the tires and instead takes $100, and then sells the tires that he doesnt have for $160??? Even if that were possible he would get a $100 profit not $60

  36. Spandan Basnet
    Spandan Basnet March 29, 2019

    Does anyone else think he looks a bit like Mark Ruffalo?

  37. Hi Harm
    Hi Harm March 30, 2019

    my HERO! LOL

  38. John Cenataur
    John Cenataur April 4, 2019

    liar and conman who put lives – including children . Brilliant sociopath.

  39. LLNNALL Emanuel
    LLNNALL Emanuel April 18, 2019

    This is legendary

  40. nilseo
    nilseo April 29, 2019

    A real-life Walter Mitty (for a little while, anyway)…

  41. OddSockGames
    OddSockGames May 3, 2019

    Did you know his dad is Christopher Walken?

  42. This Guy
    This Guy May 7, 2019

    One of your best! I knew you were a fab of Catch Me If You Can!

  43. Eamonn Wright555
    Eamonn Wright555 May 11, 2019

    Mostly incorrect or deliberate outright lies .

  44. Liam Oneal
    Liam Oneal May 23, 2019

    Since he passed the bar and that is all that is required to be a lawyer in Louisiana he actually was a lawyer.

  45. The dream-work does not think
    The dream-work does not think May 23, 2019

    Hey, cool Kafka poster. Do his bio.

  46. Nation Calls
    Nation Calls May 25, 2019

    I user to think Can I become Doctor Lawyer Pilot together!!!
    This Man took this so Far!!!😂

  47. ღSwnsasyღ _
    ღSwnsasyღ _ May 26, 2019

    Well, he did get a job with the FBI after his prison sentence though… LOL… Guess that means he was good at what he was doing as to become a teacher for FBI agents…

    Passing the bar after 3 attempts without going to law school is freaking amazing!!

  48. The Many Faces Of Idiots
    The Many Faces Of Idiots May 27, 2019

    They really need to make a accurate movie. loved catch me if you can , but the true story is so much better.

  49. Michael Hurley
    Michael Hurley May 29, 2019

    Loved Catch Me if you Can. Great movie 👍

  50. Rory Hilliard
    Rory Hilliard May 30, 2019

    Quanah Parker

  51. Richard LeMaster
    Richard LeMaster May 30, 2019

    God dam you tube , this is the second time you showed me this .

  52. Joshua Patrick
    Joshua Patrick June 5, 2019

    Either a good or bad thing that you cannot do this anymore.

  53. Wilhelm Hesse
    Wilhelm Hesse June 5, 2019

    Abagnale looks alot like Bernie Madoof

  54. Mahinda Githaiga
    Mahinda Githaiga June 6, 2019

    it takes a thief to catch a thief

  55. Cory James
    Cory James June 6, 2019

    At 17:37 he has 6 fingers on one hand

  56. Mudder Fukker
    Mudder Fukker June 7, 2019

    Ahh—Big—Nah-Lee.
    He says it in the movie.

  57. Mudder Fukker
    Mudder Fukker June 7, 2019

    I
    Can’t
    Stop
    Laughing
    Lolololol

  58. Matthew Familia
    Matthew Familia June 7, 2019

    Not abignail, not abignally

  59. Chrris Smith
    Chrris Smith June 9, 2019

    I'm a bit of a rebel myself, last night I baked cookies at 351 degrees for 31 minutes. Take that establishment.

  60. StandByForFurther
    StandByForFurther June 10, 2019

    Could you do a video about Mark "Chopper" Read he was a modern day outlaw here in Australia that has alot of myth and legend and there are several dramatized versions of his story one of which launched the actor Eric Banners career.

  61. Roxy Raccoon
    Roxy Raccoon June 11, 2019

    The Book "Catch Me if you Can" was excellent but subsequent editions were watered down. They omitted the fact that after France, other European countries were in line to imprison him. One Nordic country decided that his French and other nation imprisonmentsmwere too harsh. They arranged to have his US Passport revoked which meant he had to return to the USA.

    Abagnale works for the FBI full time now. He gives the same lecture over and over. That lecture omits plenty.

  62. Rafael Ricardo Vilorio
    Rafael Ricardo Vilorio June 11, 2019

    Catch me if you can

  63. Fran Reid
    Fran Reid June 17, 2019

    Hello! Not all families who break up are dysfunctional Simon.

  64. larryl212
    larryl212 June 18, 2019

    Recently Frank spoke at a GOOGLE event. Low and behold… your narrative matched Frank's. WOW!!! You really ARE the real deal! (-:

  65. Drawkcabi
    Drawkcabi June 21, 2019

    How could M*A*S*H be Franks favorite program in 1966 if the series didn't start until 1972? Hell the movie wasn't out until 1970 and the book wasn't published until 1968. Frank was good, but not that good.

  66. Victor Mena
    Victor Mena June 26, 2019

    can someone pls tell me how i can find the theme at 14:50?

  67. Brian Smith
    Brian Smith July 4, 2019

    He could have said he was a gynecologist. He missed a trick there

  68. Ali Dolat
    Ali Dolat July 9, 2019

    Why is it that your story is so different from his own ? He talked at google

  69. Gisley Alves
    Gisley Alves July 21, 2019

    I know very well who the narrator is; I know this voice: right Simon Whistler? I can regonize this accent whatever place I can hear it. Greetings from BRAZIL " British folk".🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷 P.S- I guessed BEFORE see your face.

  70. Josh Glover
    Josh Glover July 26, 2019

    This dude is pretty cool! 😎

  71. Matt Beauchene
    Matt Beauchene August 3, 2019

    Real life Saul Goodman

  72. Shaun Bliss
    Shaun Bliss August 4, 2019

    I'm sure some one would have suggested this before 🙂 But as yet I still can't find a BIO on that "Simon Whistler" guy 🙂

  73. The Shadow Man
    The Shadow Man August 6, 2019

    Everything was much easier without internet.

  74. tom kat
    tom kat August 8, 2019

    THEY ALWAYS GET U IN THE END !!!!!!$$$$$$$$$

  75. Silent Sahara
    Silent Sahara August 9, 2019

    i read a book with a chapter on him. there were other interesting characters on it too. can't remember the title. surprised he's still alive.

  76. Bilinda Law-Morley
    Bilinda Law-Morley August 13, 2019

    Than you for making me laugh, after watching Chernobyl, Ilsa Koch etc. I have a more than sneaking admiration for him somehow. What a story teller he would be

  77. M Tyler
    M Tyler August 15, 2019

    Wow.

  78. Andrew Attenborough paranormal and movie reviews
    Andrew Attenborough paranormal and movie reviews August 15, 2019

    I have talked to frank a few times online and told me how harsh it was and about the rough conditions of living away from home and on the run Hollywood got it a bit wrong and escaping a prison

  79. Chipicus S
    Chipicus S August 17, 2019

    In an interview, Frank never saw his father again after his parents announced their divorce

  80. kufre ibanga
    kufre ibanga August 18, 2019

    -Thus goes the saying, "crime does not pay".
    Mr. Abagnale, what do you say about that.
    – I think I am an exception.

  81. Winston Apps
    Winston Apps August 19, 2019

    Can you do a bio on Peter Foster?  There is no greater con man.

  82. Sugar Daddy
    Sugar Daddy August 20, 2019

    The greatest con this man ever pulled is his very life story. Amazing how so few can even see it. There stands a man who admits to being a con man, tells a fanciful tale of outrageous and improbable exploits, provides ZERO independent evidence: no victim coming forward, no witness, no document (no trace in Louisiana records of his bar exam) and people just look at him with wide-eyed wonder. It never occurs to you people that he could simply be lying. You know like a CON MAN would…

  83. KINGKABLAMACHU
    KINGKABLAMACHU August 20, 2019

    This is a line for line Cliff notes version of Frank abagnale's own book. Frustrating there isn't some independent research and it's just a big fat spoiler for abagnale book

  84. hardnewstakenharder
    hardnewstakenharder August 25, 2019

    Wow, so he was just a rich privileged kid whose daddy bailed him out of everything when he was young and who conned people because he never had to work a real day in his life… much less impressed now.

  85. Connor Dee
    Connor Dee August 25, 2019

    i grew up in new Rochelle right near Iona college

  86. Dian Lee
    Dian Lee September 1, 2019

    I have watched catch me if youbcan when inwas in college and i didnt believe that its a true story. Frank is an amazing person.

    By the way, can you feature something or someone from the Philippines? Thank you

  87. Staik
    Staik September 2, 2019

    This guy was so good at breaking the law that the law ended up hiring him.

  88. cookies4present
    cookies4present September 3, 2019

    He gave a discussion about finances and why credit cards are better than debit cards.
    That he taught his kids to never use or sign up for debit cards. It makes a lot of sense.

  89. PT Carbon Productions
    PT Carbon Productions September 6, 2019

    Oh, so that's why Brenda Strong suddenly disappears from the movie completely. She doesn't even exist.

  90. Daniel Chang
    Daniel Chang September 9, 2019

    This story sounds like a movie Leonardo DiCaprio was in

  91. Rudi Duke
    Rudi Duke September 10, 2019

    You are lying. He appeared on talks at Google where he stated he left his home right after the divorce at age 16!!! two major mistakes onle three minutes into your spill.

  92. R.J. S.
    R.J. S. September 11, 2019

    This is not accurate according to his own biography, the speech can be found on YouTube

  93. tony colamarco
    tony colamarco September 12, 2019

    i just saw frank talking abut this and there are lots of things this video got wrong

  94. Jo Hoodlum
    Jo Hoodlum September 15, 2019

    This guy's balls are so big he has to carry them around in a wheel barrow!

  95. Jeff H
    Jeff H September 16, 2019

    To any of you hearing of Frank Abagnale for the first time, watch the movie "catch me if you can". It's a good one.

  96. Most Hated
    Most Hated September 19, 2019

    Men can’t raise children and here’s even more proof.

  97. Antti Itkonen
    Antti Itkonen September 22, 2019

    you are telling story about hollywood version of it!! don't do your homework at all?

  98. Bradley Hancock
    Bradley Hancock September 22, 2019

    I love the sinister music that plays for the bad guys

  99. Anuja Churi
    Anuja Churi September 27, 2019

    Hey, this is not the story Frank Abagnale narrated at Google Talks !!!!! What is your source— 'Catch me if you can' ?????

  100. ydoomenaud
    ydoomenaud October 2, 2019

    According to Frank (in speeches he gives word for word each time), the first he knew of his parents separating was family court at 16 (not 14) and he ran directly from there never to return to his family. No mention is made of living with his father, his father's attempts to win back his wife via Frank, or Frank burning three grand of his before disappearing without explanation. It's interesting that while he's dismissed the fictionalizations of his life, he is to this day still playing along with their improvement on his circumstances.

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