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Sunday, September 24, 2023

Frank William Abagnale, Jr.

Aloha Everyone,

He was a liar, shameless impersonator with an immoral character who became infamous for cheating individuals and companies using his unusual talents, including forging bank checks. 2002 crime comedy drama, “Catch Me If You Can” was based on his semi-auto biography. Directed and produced by Steven Spielberg, Leonardo DiCaprio was excellent in playing the young Frank Abagnale, Jr. The highlights of the film was Frank Abagnale posing as a Pan American World Airways pilot, or a doctor in Georgia.

One has to remember that this is a film made for Hollywood entertainment and the degree of reality and truthfulness are not validated. Tom Hanks as the FBI agent in charge of bank fraud bring seriousness and integrity to the story.

Frank Abagnale born in 1948 did time in French prison, Swedish prison plus in the USA. Frank Abagnale eventually worked for the FBI bank fraud division for 20+ years, eventually settled in a rural community, got married, raised 3 sons and lived an ordinary life compared to his tumultuous teen years. 

Additional footnotes of the movie, Frank Abagnale and his consulting company are responsible for many of the security features added to personal and company checks.

Photo of Frank Abagnale circa 2008. 

Aloha -- Cathi