It's a Girl for The Last Exorcism's Patrick Fabian

09/16/2010 at 03:50 PM EDT

It's a Girl for The Last Exorcism's Patrick Fabian
Patrick Fabian
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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. He'll next be seen in the Teen Nick series Gigantic, playing a movie star dad to Grace Gummer – Meryl Streep's real-life daughter – and husband to Helen Slater.

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