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Encyclopedia > Lou Costello
Lou Costello

Bud Abbott (left) and Lou Costello (right)
Born March 6, 1906(1906-03-06)
Paterson, NJ
Died March 3, 1959 (aged 52)
Los Angeles, CA
Occupation Actor, Comedian
Spouse Anne Battler
Children Patty Costello
Carole Costello
Lou Costello Jr.
Chris Costello

Lou Costello (born Louis Francis Cristillo; March 6, 1906 - March 3, 1959), was an American actor and comedian best known as half of the comedy team of Abbott and Costello, with Bud Abbott. Costello was famous for his bumbling, chubby, clean-cut image that has appealed to many Americans over the decades. Image File history File links A&c. ... is the 65th day of the year (66th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1906 (MCMVI) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... “Paterson” redirects here. ... is the 62nd day of the year (63rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Welcome sign on Atlantic Boulevard East Los Angeles (often shortened to East L.A. or East Los or in Spanish El Este) is an unincorporated area in Los Angeles County, California, United States. ... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... A comedian, or comic, is an entertainer who amuses an audience by making them laugh. ... is the 65th day of the year (66th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1906 (MCMVI) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... is the 62nd day of the year (63rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... A comedian, or comic, is an entertainer who amuses an audience by making them laugh. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... William Alexander “Bud” Abbott (October 2, 1895 – April 24, 1974) was an American actor, producer and comedian born in Asbury Park, New Jersey. ...

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Early years

Lou Costello was born Louis Francis Cristillo in Paterson, New Jersey to an Italian father and a mother of French and Irish descent.[1] The family was Catholic. A gifted athlete, he excelled in basketball and reportedly was once the New Jersey State Foul Shot champion. He also fought as a boxer under the name "Lou King."[2] “Paterson” redirects here. ...


In 1927 he went to Hollywood to become an actor, but could only find work as a laborer or extra at MGM and Warner Brothers. His athletic skill led him to occasional work as a stunt man, notably in The Trail of '98, (1927). He can also be spotted sitting ringside in the Laurel and Hardy film The Battle of the Century (1927). MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... Warner Bros. ... Laurel and Hardy, in a promotional still from their 1937 feature film Way Out West. ... The Battle of the Century is a 1927 Hal Roach two-reeler starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, who, although just teamed, had yet to take on their recognisible Stan and Ollie characters on a more or less permanent basis. ...


Burlesque and Bud Abbott

Discouraged by his lack of success, in 1930 he hitchhiked back home but ran out of money in St. Joseph, Missouri, during the Great Depression. He took a job as a Dutch-accented comic at a local burlesque theater. Changing his name to "Costello," he went back to New York and began working in vaudeville theater and burlesque there.[3] For other uses, see The Great Depression (disambiguation). ... Photograph of Sally Rand, 1934. ...


Unlike many burlesque comics of the era, Costello did not use "off-color" material--a trait that continued for the rest of his career.


While working at vaudeville theaters in the 1930s, Costello became acquainted with a talented straight man named Bud Abbott. After working together sporadically, Abbott and Costello formally teamed up in 1936. They performed together in burlesque shows, minstrel shows, vaudeville and movie houses. This article is about the comedy duo. ... William Alexander “Bud” Abbott (October 2, 1895 – April 24, 1974) was an American actor, producer and comedian born in Asbury Park, New Jersey. ...


Radio and Hollywood

Abbott and Costello signed up with the William Morris Agency, which sought to enlarge their stature by putting them on the radio.


In 1938 they received national exposure for the first time by becoming featured performers on "The Kate Smith Hour," a popular variety show. They were hugely successful, and that ultimately led to their appearance in a Broadway play and signing with Universal Studios in 1940. Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Kate Smith on the cover of a posthumous 1991 collection 16 Most Requested Songs Kathryn Elizabeth Smith (May 1, 1907 – June 17, 1986) was a Washington, D.C.-born singer best known for her rendition of Irving Berlins God Bless America. She greeted audiences with Hello, everybody! and signed... This article is about the American media conglomerate. ...


They filled supporting roles in their first film, One Night in the Tropics (1940), but stole the film with their classic routines, including a much shortened version of "Who's On First?". The duo became famous for that routine, in which Abbott enumerated the names of a mythical baseball team, with names like "What" and Who," confounding Costello. They were, among other things, recognized by, but not made members of, the Baseball Hall of Fame.)[4] One Night in the Tropics is a 1940 comedy film which is noted as being the film debut of Abbott and Costello - although they were not the main focus of the story, and only first show up nearly halfway through the film. ... Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full 1940 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Whos on First? is a comedy routine made famous by Abbott and Costello. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related...


The team's breakout picture, however, was Buck Privates which was released early in 1941. They immediately became the top-ranking comedy stars in Hollywood and fans looked forward to each of their pictures as a major event. Costello's child-like demeanor was strictly acting, and he aggressively battled with the more easy-going Abbott as well as the studio. Universal upped the duo's salary, but refused Costello's demand to reverse the billing, saying that it had hired Abbott and Costello, not Costello and Abbott. Most movie-goers had never seen the duo's burlesque routines, and so their dated but hilarious material seemed fresh. Many of their films cast them as bumbling servicemen such as In The Navy and Keep 'Em Flying. An amusing footnote to this is that the Japanese military showed these films to Japanese soldiers to demonstrate how inept American soldiers were.[citation needed] Buck Privates is the 1941 comedy/World War II film that turned Bud Abbott and Lou Costello into bonafide movie stars. ... Photograph of Sally Rand, 1934. ... See In the Navy (film) for the 1941 Abbott & Costello film. ... Keep Em Flying is a 1941 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. ...


Stardom

The duo made 36 films between 1940 and 1956, and were among the most popular and highest-paid entertainers in the world during World War II. Among their most popular films are Buck Privates, Hold That Ghost, Who Done It?, Pardon My Sarong, The Time of Their Lives, Buck Privates Come Home, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man. Buck Privates is the 1941 comedy/World War II film that turned Bud Abbott and Lou Costello into bonafide movie stars. ... Hold That Ghost is a 1941 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. ... Plot Spoiler warning: When the toliet over flows Greg is out to prove that Jimmy was the one who did it. ... Pardon My Sarong is a 1942 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. ... The Time of Their Lives is a 1946 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. ... Buck Privates Come Home is a 1947 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. ... Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (onscreen title: Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein) is a 1948 comedy/horror film directed by Charles Barton and starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. ... Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man is a 1951 film starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello and Nancy Guild. ...


The team also appeared on radio throughout the 1940s. On October 8, 1942 the team launched their own weekly show on NBC sponsored by Camel cigarettes. They moved to ABC (the former NBC Blue Network) from 1947-49. The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ...


In 1951, the twosome became one of the rotating hosts of The Colgate Comedy Hour (Eddie Cantor and Bob Hope were among the others) and then, the following year, inaugurated their own situation comedy, The Abbott and Costello Show. Costello owned the half-hour series, with Abbott working on salary. The show, which was loosely adapted from their radio program, ran two seasons, from 1952 to 1954, but found a new life in syndicated rerun broadcast. Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Colgate Comedy Hour was an American comedy-musical variety television show that ran on the NBC network from October 1950 to December 1955. ... One of 12 Eddie Cantor caricatures by Frederick J. Garner for a 1933 Brown & Bigelow advertising card set. ... Bob Hope, KBE (May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003), born Leslie Townes Hope, was an English-Born American entertainer who appeared in vaudeville, on Broadway, on radio and television, in movies, and in performing tours for U.S. Military personnel, well known for his good natured humor and career longevity. ... The Abbott and Costello Show, a half-hour television sitcom starring the popular comedy team of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello that originally aired 1952-1954, is regarded among the most influential comedy programs in history. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Death of son

In 1942, Costello had an attack of rheumatic fever and was unable to work for a year. A tragic event shadowed his comeback. On November 04, 1943, the day Costello returned to the team's popular radio show, his infant son, Lou Jr. (nicknamed Butch) accidentally drowned in the family pool. The baby was only a few days short of his first birthday. Lou had asked his wife to keep Butch up that night so the boy could hear his Dad on the radio for the first time. Rather than cancel the broadcast, Lou said, "Wherever he is tonight, I want him to hear me," and went on with the show. No one in the audience knew of the tragedy until after the show when Bud Abbott explained the events of the day, and how the phrase "The show must go on" had been epitomized by Lou that night. People who knew Lou Costello said that he never recovered from the loss of his son. Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory disease which may develop after a Group A streptococcal infection (such as strep throat or scarlet fever) and can involve the heart, joints, skin, and brain. ...


Split up

Abbott and Costello split up in July of 1957, after troubles with the Internal Revenue Service that forced both men to sell off their large homes and the rights to some of their films. Costello then pursued a solo stand-up career, including stints in Las Vegas, and sought out film projects for himself. Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Seal of the Internal Revenue Service Tax rates around the world Tax revenue as % of GDP Part of the Taxation series        IRS redirects here. ... For other uses, see Las Vegas (disambiguation) and Vegas (disambiguation). ...


Death

The crypt of Lou Costello.
The crypt of Lou Costello.

After making one unsuccessful solo film, The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock, Lou Costello died of a heart attack on March 03, 1959 (three days before his 53rd birthday). He was interred in the Calvary Cemetery in East Los Angeles, California. His last words were "That was the best ice-cream soda I ever tasted."[5] Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1280x960, 548 KB) Summary This photo was taken by me in September 2005 Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1280x960, 548 KB) Summary This photo was taken by me in September 2005 Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock is a 1959 film starring Lou Costello and Dorothy Provine. ... Acute myocardial infarction (AMI or MI), more commonly known as a heart attack, is a disease state that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart is interrupted. ... The Calvary Cemetery is a Roman Catholic cemetery operated by the Los Angeles Archdiocese, located at 4201 E. Whittier Boulevard in East Los Angeles, California. ... Welcome sign on Atlantic Boulevard East Los Angeles (often shortened to East L.A. or East Los or in Spanish El Este) is an unincorporated area in Los Angeles County, California, United States. ...


Memorials

On June 26th, 1992, the city of Paterson, New Jersey in conjunction with the Lou Costello Memorial Association erected a statue of Lou Costello in the newly named Lou Costello Memorial Park in the city's historic downtown section. The statue has had two brief appearances in Sopranos episodes, which aired February 13, 2000 and May 21, 2006 “Paterson” redirects here. ... The Sopranos is a popular HBO drama created by David Chase. ... is the 44th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 141st day of the year (142nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 2005, Madison Street, in the Sandy Hill section of Paterson, where Costello was born, was renamed Lou Costello's Place. The Sandy Hill section of Paterson, New Jersey is known to most Patersonians as the area around Roberto Clemente Park. ...


The centennial of Costello's birth was celebrated in Paterson on the first weekend in March, 2006.


On June 24-26 the Fort Lee Film Commission of Lou Costello's native state of New Jersey held a centennial film retrospective at the Fine Arts Theatre in Hollywood - films screened included the premiere of a digital film made by the teenagers of the present day Lou Costello Jr. Recreation Center in East Los Angeles. Also premiered was the 35mm restored print of the Lou Costello produced 1948 short film "10,000 Kids and a Cop" shot at the Lou Costello Jr. Youth Center in East Los Angeles.


Filmography

Year Movie Lou Costello Role Notes
1926 Bardleys The Magnificent Extra
1927 The Battle of the Century Extra
1927 The Taxi Dance Extra
1927 The Fair Co-Ed Extra
1928 Rose-Marie Extra
1928 Circus Rookies Extra
1928 The Cossacks Extra
1928 Trail of '98 Stunt Double
1940 One Night in the Tropics Costello Film Debut of Abbott and Costello
1941 Buck Privates Herbie Brown
1941 In the Navy Pomeroy Watson
1941 Hold That Ghost Ferdinand Jones
1941 Keep 'Em Flying Heathcliffe
1942 Ride 'Em Cowboy Willoughby
1942 Rio Rita Wishy Dunn
1942 Pardon My Sarong Wellington Phlug
1942 Who Done It? Mervyn Milgrim
1943 It Ain't Hay Wilbur Hoolihan
1943 Hit The Ice Tubby McCoy
1944 In Society Albert Mansfield
1944 Lost in a Harem Harvey Garvey
1945 Here Come The Co-Eds Oliver Quackenbush
1945 The Naughty Nineties Sebastian Dinwiddie
1945 Abbott and Costello in Hollywood Abercrombie
1946 Little Giant Benny Miller
1946 The Time of Their Lives Horatio Prim
1947 Buck Privates Come Home Herbie Brown Sequel to Buck Privates
1947 The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap Chester Wooley
1948 The Noose Hangs High Tommy Hinchcliffe
1948 Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein Wilbur Gray
1948 Mexican Hayride Joe Bascom/Humphrey Fish
1949 Africa Screams Stanley Livington
1949 Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff Freddie Phillips
1950 Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion Lou Hotchkiss
1951 Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man Lou Francis
1951 Comin' Round The Mountain Wilbert
1952 Jack and the Beanstalk Jack In color
1952 Lost in Alaska George Bell
1952 Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd Oliver "Puddin' Head" Johnson In color
1953 Abbott and Costello Go to Mars Orville
1953 Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Tubby
1955 Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops Willie Piper
1955 Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy Freddie Franklin
1956 Dance With Me Henry Lou Henry
1959 The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock Artie Pinsetter
1965 The World of Abbott and Costello - Compilation Film

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Rio Rita is a 1942 comedy film starring Abbott and Costello. ... See also: 1941 in film 1942 1943 in film 1940s in film years in film film // Events Carole Lombard is killed in a plane crash when returning from a War Bond tour. ... Pardon My Sarong is a 1942 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. ... See also: 1941 in film 1942 1943 in film 1940s in film years in film film // Events Carole Lombard is killed in a plane crash when returning from a War Bond tour. ... Who Done It? is a 1942 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. ... The year 1943 in film involved some significant events. ... It Aint Hay is a 1943 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. ... The year 1943 in film involved some significant events. ... Hit the Ice is a 1943 film starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. ... // July 20 - Since You Went Away is released. ... In Society is a 1944 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. ... // July 20 - Since You Went Away is released. ... Lost in a Harem is a 1944 Abbott and Costello movie. ... // Paramount Studios releases theatrical short cartoon titled The Friendly Ghost, featuring ghost named Casper With Rossellinis Roma Città aperta, Italian neorealist cinema begins. ... Here Come The Co-Eds is a 1945 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. ... // Paramount Studios releases theatrical short cartoon titled The Friendly Ghost, featuring ghost named Casper With Rossellinis Roma Città aperta, Italian neorealist cinema begins. ... The Naughty Nineties (1945) is the fifteenth feature film made by Abbott and Costello, and is significant for containing what is considered to be the best recorded rendition of the teams classic Whos On First? routine. ... // Paramount Studios releases theatrical short cartoon titled The Friendly Ghost, featuring ghost named Casper With Rossellinis Roma Città aperta, Italian neorealist cinema begins. ... Abbott and Costello in Hollywood is a 1945 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. ... See also: 1945 in film 1946 1947 in film 1940s in film years in film film // Events Top grossing films North America The Bells of St. ... Little Giant is a 1946 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. ... See also: 1945 in film 1946 1947 in film 1940s in film years in film film // Events Top grossing films North America The Bells of St. ... The Time of Their Lives is a 1946 film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. ... 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Shenandoah The Sandpiper Father Goose Academy Awards Best Picture: The Sound of Music - Argyle, Twentieth Century-Fox Best Actor: Lee Marvin - Cat Ballou Best Actress: Julie Christie... The World of Abbott and Costello is a 1965 compilation film starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. ...

Notes

  • Despite the common spelling of their public names, Lou Costello was no relation to Italian-American mobster Frank Costello, whose birth surname was Castiglia.

Frank Costello, born Francesco Castiglia, or Castilla (January 26, 1891 - February 18, 1973) was an American gangster who rose to the top of Americas underworld, controlled a vast gambling empire across the United States and had political influence like no other La Cosa Nostra boss. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.louandbud.com/Lou.htm, accessed January 30, 2007
  2. ^ Costello, Chris: "Lou's on First", page 7. St. Martin's Press, 1981
  3. ^ Costello, 14-17
  4. ^ http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/hofers_and_honorees/faq.htm, accessed January 30, 2007.
  5. ^ http://www.corsinet.com/braincandy/dying.html

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