Patrick Fabian Welcomes Daughter Abbey Ray

09/16/2010 at 03:50 PM ET
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There’s a new charmer in town — and her name is Abbey Ray.

The Last Exorcism star Patrick Fabian‘s newborn daughter “is already batting her eyelashes,” says the proud dad of his first child, born Wednesday, Sept. 15.

The actor’s wife, comedienne and writer Mandy Steckelberg, gave birth to their daughter at the couple’s home in Los Angeles.

“Being a father for the first time is fantastic!” Fabian, 45, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “My love and admiration for what women can do has gone up 1,000 percent.”

The actor, who played Reverend Cotton Marcus in the Eli Roth horror flick, is also known for his role as Ted Price on HBO’s Big Love.

— Ulrica Wihlborg

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Marilyn on

I just know him from “Twitches” as Thantos because my daughter and I watch it around Halloween. Congrats.

Lacey on

I love Big Love! Now, I know him. Cute name, but I prefer Rae rather than Ray for a girl. Congratulations!

Jaedyn on

Love the name, although I also prefer Abbey Rae 🙂

giftbox on

Years ago, he was a member of the video store where I worked. He was always so incredibly nice… and cute. I had the biggest crush on him. So many struggling actors would come into the store and be the biggest jerks. He was sweet as pie. So happy his life is going well for him.

sarah on


meghan on

I prefer Ray myself. Rae looks likes it’s misspelled. Patrick Fabian will always be Mr. Price, the mean principal on Joan of Arcadia. Great actor!

Julie on

I love the spelling of Abbey, it’s unique without being overbearing. The spelling of Ray is nice for a change too – there’s way too many trendy Rae’s out there. Congrats!

Holly on

Yeah homebirth!!!!!!

t on

total side note but I love that shirt tie suit combo

Holiday on

Thats quite old for a first time dad. My husband and I will have a 23 and 19 year old when we are that age

Shari Nedved on

Abbey’s middle name is spelled Ray to honor her late Great Grandfather. His name was Ray Steckelberg and he was my uncle. Abbey is named after Abbey Road as Patrick is a major Beatles fan. Just responding to comments about the spelling of her name. Congrats to the very happy family!

Ella on

Holiday – being 22 with your first child is quite young imo. Nowadays everything is possible and being 45 for a man is old but ok I guess.

Amanda on

Wow a normal name…love it!

Taylor on

Holiday, being a younger parent worked for you and this works for him. He’s 45 not 85.

meghan on

Sometimes you have to wait a few years longer than you expect to find the right person to have a family with. Congratulations to Patrick and Mandy. It sounds like their little girl will be very loved!

Shari, thanks for giving us the inside scoop on Abbey’s name!

Kayti on

I remember his character on Saved By the Bell: The College Years had a daughter named Abbey! Too cute!

Holiday on

Im not saying its bad, I just dont know a single person who had a child at that age, kind of shocking to me.

Jo on

Holiday- And I don’t know a single person who had a child at 22. Times have changed

annie on

Kayti- I remember that! Maybe he’s always loved that name. lol

Renee on

I was just going to post that about his daughter on that saved by the bell episode being named Abbey too. lol That’s who I will always remember him as(the cute professor). lol congrats to them! very pretty name.

Becky on

Cute guy and a nice name for his daughter..At least with the spelling of Ray, it has some meaning to it for him and his family, so it will be a name that she will cherish..

alexa on

seriously? you ppl are voicing your unwelcome opinions about how the baby’s name is spelled? say congrats and move on!

london on

Like him a lot…wasn’t he on Reba and played a Reverend? The ladies were crazy about him! Best wishes on your newborn baby girl !:)

Linda Lou Guisewhite on

Congratulations Patrick and Mandy. Welcome, Abbey Ray, to our family tree. (I’m your Mothers cousin) I have been keeping track of your career over the years and enjoy telling people “that’s my cousins son”. Keep up the good work.