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Encyclopedia > Lou Albano
'Captain' Lou Albano
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Ring name(s) Lou Albano
Billed height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Billed weight 350 lb (159 kg)
Born July 29 1933
Carmel, New York
Resides Carmel, New York
Debut 1953
Retired 1995

Louis Albano (born July 29, 1933 in Carmel, New York), better known as Captain Lou, is an American professional wrestler and manager. With an over-the-top personality and a penchant for making boisterous declarations, Albano was the epitome of the antagonistic manager that raised the ire of wrestlers and incited the anger of spectators. Throughout his forty year career, Albano guided 15 different tag teams and 4 singles competitors to championship gold. A unique showman, Albano's elongated beard, rubberband facial piercings, and loud outfits, he was the forefather of the Rock 'n' Wrestling explosion in the 1980s. Collaborating with Cyndi Lauper, Albano helped usher in wrestling's crossover success with a mainstream audience. Capitalizing on his success, Albano ventured into Hollywood with various television, film, and music projects. Albano was inducted in 1996 into the WWF Hall of Fame. Carmel is a town located in Putnam County, New York, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 33,006. ... Carmel is a town located in Putnam County, New York, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 33,006. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... July 29 is the 210th day (211th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 155 days remaining. ... 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Carmel is a town located in Putnam County, New York, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 33,006. ... Professional Wrestling is any art of wrestling where two or more participants are in a show. ... In professional wrestling, a manager is a non-wrestler character who is paired with a wrestler. ... Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper (born June 22, 1953), better known as Cyndi Lauper, is a Grammy Award-winning singer and Emmy Award-winning film, television and theatre actress. ... The WWE Hall of Fame is an event held annually to honour the greatest wrestlers in World Wrestling Entertainment history. ...

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Early life

Captain Lou was born Louis Albano in Carmel, New York to Dr. Carmen and Eleanor Albano. After briefly attending the University of Tennessee on a football scholarship as a pre-med student[citation needed], Albano left school to join the Army.[1] During his tour, Albano met WWWF wrestler and |agent Arnold Skaaland. Following intensive training in New York, Albano made his by professional wrestling debut by defeating Bob Lazaro in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1953. [2] Carmel is a town located in Putnam County, New York, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 33,006. ... The University of Tennessee (UT), sometimes called the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT Knoxville or UTK), is the flagship institution of the statewide land-grant University of Tennessee public university system. ... The United States Army is the largest branch of the United States armed forces and has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE, is a professional wrestling organization. ... In professional wrestling, a road agent is an employee who travels with the wrestlers and acts as a liaison between the wrestlers and management. ... Arnold Skaaland was a professional wrestler and a manager. ...


World Wide Wrestling Federation

Albano achieved moderate success as a tag team performer with partner Tony Altimore. Dubbed The Sicilians, Altimore and Albano drew considerable heat competing as a stereotypical Italian gangster combo. Their realistic depiction of their characters caught the attention of actual mafioso. The two were approached by local mafia members who requested that the duo tone down their act. [3] Over the next few years, The Sicilians continued their success by winning the Midwest tag team titles and later the WWWF United States Tag Team Championship from Arnold Skaaland and Spiro Arion. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the organized crime groups. ... The WWWF United States Tag Team Championship was a major tag team title in the World Wide Wrestling Federation from 1963 until 1967. ... Arnold Skaaland was a professional wrestler and a manager. ...


Following the encouragement of fellow wrestler Bruno Sammartino,[4] Albano transformed himself into the brash, bombastic manager Captain Lou Albano. With a quick wit and a grating personality, Albano delivered memorable promos that made him wrestling's most villainous manager. He earned the scorn of the wrestling audience as he attempted to dethrone World Wide Wrestling Federation superstar and WWWF champion Bruno Sammartino. In 1971, Albano achieved his objective when "Russian Bear" Ivan Koloff ended Sammartino's seven year reign as champion. Koloff's reign marked the only time that Albano would manage a World Heavyweight champion. For the remainder of the seventies Albano's cadre of loyal henchmen were unable to resecure the championship. Bruno Leopoldo Francesco Sammartino (born October 6, 1935), is a former professional wrestler, best known for being the longest-running champion of the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF), holding the title across two reigns for over 12 years in total, as well as the longest world championship reign in professional... World Wide Wrestling Federation was one of the previous names used by Vincent J. McMahon for his wrestling federation. ... The WWE Championship belt, April 11 2005 – August 20, 2006; September 18, 2006 – present The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Championship is a professional wrestling title. ... Bruno Leopoldo Francesco Sammartino (born October 6, 1935), is a former professional wrestler, best known for being the longest-running champion of the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF), holding the title across two reigns for over 12 years in total, as well as the longest world championship reign in professional... Ivan Koloff is a professional wrestler. ...


Notwithstanding, Albano guided singles wrestlers such as Pat Patterson, Don Muraco, and Greg 'The Hammer' Valentine to the Intercontinetal Championship. Furthermore, Albano carved a proflic legacy that remains unmatched by guiding over a dozen teams to WWWF World Tag Team Championships. Under his tutelage, Mr. Fuji and Mr Saito, The Valiant Brothers, Wild Samoans, The Moondogs, and The British Bulldogs were a few of many that solidified Albano as wrestling premiere tag team manager. By the end of his career, Albano managed over 50 different wrestlers and won two dozen championships. Pierre Clemont (born January 19, 1941 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian former professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Pat Patterson. ... Don Muraco (Born Don Morrow on September 10, 1949), also known as The Magnificent Muraco was a Hawaiian professional wrestler in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. ... John Anthony Wisniski Jr. ... The WWE Intercontinental Championship belt The WWE Intercontinental Championship is a professional wrestling title. ... The World Wrestling Entertainments World Tag-Team Championship is the WWEs original tag-team championship and is now exclusive to the RAW brand. ... Harry Fujiwara aka Mr. ... Categories: American professional wrestlers | Professional wrestling stubs ... The Valiant Brothers were a Professional wrestling tag team of brothers Handsome Jimmy Valiant, Lucious Johnny Valiant, and Gentleman Jerry Valiant. ... The Wild Samoans was the tag team of Afa & Sika in Mid-South Wrestling, NWA & WWE (then WWF). ... Moondog was the nom de plume of Louis T. Hardin (May 26, 1916 - September 8, 1999). ... The British Bulldogs Dynamite Kid (left) & Davey Boy Smith British Bulldogs were the team of Davey Boy Smith & Dynamite Kid in Stampede Wrestling, World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and All Japan Pro Wrestling. ...


Rock n Wrestling Connection

By the 1980s, Albano appeared in pop sensation Cyndi Lauper's wildly popular Girls Just Want To Have Fun music video. Parlaying the venture, new WWWF owner Vince McMahon devised the Rock n Wrestling storyline, a collaboration and cross-promotion between the newly renamed WWF and elements of music industry[5]. Albano was the catalyst that launched professional wrestling into the stratosphere with mainstream America.[6] During a public appearance at Madison Square Garden, the treacherous manager made sexist comments that outraged the singer and non-wrestling fans[7]. Furthermore, on WWF television, Albano, made the audacious claims that he was Lauper's manager and he was the architect for her success. The two settle their differences on the MTV/WWF special, The War To Settle The Score. Following Lauper's victory at the event, Albano apologized to Lauper and instantly became a fan favorite and the voice of Rock n Wrestling. The crossover storyline, coupled with the Hulkamania phenomenon and the first Wrestlemania, triggered a period of unprecendented success for not only the WWF, but professional wrestling industry.[8] More so, Albano helped cement wrestling's place within pop culture. Following the colossal success of the Rock N Wrestling Connection, Albano left the WWF in 1986 to focus on various projects. Despite a brief return in 1994 to manage The Headshrinkers, Albano has since retired from the wrestling industry. Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper (born June 22, 1953), better known as Cyndi Lauper, is a Grammy Award-winning singer and Emmy Award-winning film, television and theatre actress. ... Girls Just Wanna Have Fun was a top hit in 1984 and is perhaps the most popular song by 1980s icon and singer Cyndi Lauper. ... A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... The 1980s wrestling boom (sometimes refferred to as the 2nd Golden Age of Wrestling) was a surge in the popularity of professional wrestling in the United States of America throughout the 1980s. ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City, United States. ... MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network headquartered in New York City. ... Terrence Gene Bollea, best known as Hulk Hogan and Hollywood Hogan (born August 11, 1953 in Augusta, Georgia), is an American professional wrestler and actor. ... Official WrestleMania logo WrestleMania is the annual flagship pay-per-view event of World Wrestling Entertainment, widely regarded as The Grandaddy of Them All or The Showcase of the Immortals. The first WrestleMania was held on March 31, 1985 in New Yorks Madison Square Garden. ... The Headshrinkers Samu (left) & Fatu The Headshrinkers (aka The Samoan Swat Team or SST in WCW & WCCW) were the professional wrestling tag team of Fatu & Samu in the WWE (then WWF). ...


Hollywood crossover and semi-retirement

Capitalizing on his new found celebrity, Albano began appearing in a vast array of television and film projects. Throughout the late eighties, Albano appeared in 227, Miami Vice, Hey Dude, Brian De Palma's Wiseguys and the 1987 wrestling movie Body Slam. Expanding into music, Albano managed and performed with rockers NRBQ. He was immortalized in the song Captain Lou on their Lou and the Q album. The cast of 227. ... Miami Vice was a popular television series (five seasons on NBC from 1984-1989) starring Don Johnson (James Sonny Crockett) and Philip Michael Thomas (Ricardo Rico Tubbs) as two Miami police detectives working undercover. ... Hey Dude was a television program that was aired in the United States from 1989 to 1991. ... Brian De Palma Brian De Palma (born September 11, 1940 in Newark, New Jersey) is an Italian-American film director. ...


In 1989, on Live with Regis and Kathy Lee, Albano shaved his trademark beard to star as the iconic video game character Super Mario. The Super Mario Brothers Super Show. The one-time villain hosted live action segments during interludes of the Mario cartoon. Categories: TV Spin-offs | Television talk shows | Television stubs ... Namcos Pac-Man was a hit, and became a cultural phenomenon. ... For nearly two decades, Mario has been the official video game mascot for Nintendo. ... Various television shows based on Super Mario Bros. ...


During the 1990s, Albano became a vegetarian and shed 150 lbs. following a health scare. [9] [10] In May 2006, Albano suffered a heart attack, but later recovered. [11] Despite health issues and a foray into mainstream entertainment, Albano continues to make wrestling appearances on various independent and reunion shows. In 1996, Albano was enshrined into the WWF Hall of Fame. The WWE Hall of Fame is an event held annually to honour the greatest wrestlers in World Wrestling Entertainment history. ...


In wrestling

  • Quotes
  • "Often imitated, never duplicated."
  • "That guy has the brain of a dehydrated beebee."
  • "He's my twin brother from different mothers."
  • Wrestlers managed
  • Tag Teams managed by Albano

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Championships and accomplishments

Inducted in 1996
  • PWI Manager of The Year 1974, 1981 and 1986.
  • PWI Editor's Award.

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Notes

  1. ^ Pro Wrestling Radio Interview
  2. ^ Gerwick Wrestling Timeline
  3. ^ Obsessed With Wrestling Profile
  4. ^ Pro Wrestling Radio Interview
  5. ^ The Wrestling Museum Hall of Fame Induction Article
  6. ^ WWE.com Profile
  7. ^ Pro Wrestling Radio Interview
  8. ^ WWE.com Profile
  9. ^ "Wrestling Museum Hall of Fame Induction Article"
  10. ^ "Obsessed with Wrestling Profile"
  11. ^ "Obsessed with Wrestling Profile"

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For the nearly forty years that Capt. Lou Albano was involved in professional wrestling, be it as a wrestler or manager, he created controversy, excitement, and in many cases, genuine hatred from the audiences he performed for.
Lou Albano first rose to national prominence in the late-fifties as part of a tag team known as The Scicilians.
Lou's newfound main-stream fame and babyface status was entertaining (if not a little bizarre) for the older WWF fans who remembered him as the most controversial, devious and hated manager in the history of the promotion.
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