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Lou Costello ACTOR


Louis Francis 'Lou' Costello, born March 3, 1906, was an American comedian and actor best known for his part in the comedy duo Abbott and Costello with Bud Abbott. He is famous for his chubby and cheery image that appealed to many over the decades. Growing up, Costello (born Cristillo) was a gifted athlete, but aspired to be an actor. In 1927 he dropped out of school and moved to Hollywood to make that dream come true, but could only find work as a carpenter at Metro Goldwyn Meyers and Warner Brothers Pictures. The solitary acting jobs he could find were extras and stuntmen in films like “Bardelys the Magnificent” (1926), “The Fair Co-Ed” (1927), “Rose-Marie” (1928), and “The Cossacks” (1928). Tired of no success in Hollywood, he tried his hand in the vaudeville circuit. Costello moved to Missouri and took a job as a comic, then moved to New York and worked in burlesque theaters. While working in vaudeville in the 1930s, Costello crossed paths with straight man Bud Abbott numerous times. After periodically working together for awhile, they officially teamed up in 1936, performing in minstrel, vaudeville, and burlesque shows.

The duo, which they simply name Abbott and Costello, got their big break when they received national exposure on the “Kate Smith Hour”, a popular radio variety show. Their performance, which included the famous “Who’s on First?” sketch, landed them a stint on Broadway, and then a contract with Universal Pictures. Costello’s dream came true and the team’s debut film was “One Night in the Tropics” (1940). Their first starring role came next, in “Buck Privates” (1941), which launched them into a hugely successful motion picture career. For the next ten years, the duo was Hollywood’s top earning entertainers. They continued on, performing in over thirty movies from 1940 to 1956, their most notable being “Hold That Ghost” (1941), “Who Done It?” (1942), “Pardon My Sarong” (1942), “The Time of Their Lives” (1946), “Buck Privates Come Home (1947), “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” (1948), and “Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man” (1951).

From 1952 until 1954, the pair had their own show titled “The Abbott and Costello Show”, but continued appearing on radio and in films. Their last picture was “Dance with Me, Henry” (1956), and they decided to end their partnership the following year. Costello wanted to take on more dramatic roles, and after their split appeared on three different television shows, including “The Steve Allen Plymouth Show” (1957-58), “G.E. True Theater” (1958), and “Wagon Train” (1958). His only solo film was “The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock” (1959). Unfortunately, Costello passed away before his movie was released.

After a lifelong battle with his rheumatic heart, on March 3, 1959, Costello died from a heart attack. It happened three days prior to his fifty third birthday. His life is now over, but he is still remembered as one of comedy’s best. For his contributions to radio, television, and the motion picture industry, he was given three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1959       The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock

1958       Wagon Train  

1958       G.E. True Theater 

1957       The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 

1956       Dance with Me, Henry 

1955       Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops

1954       Fireman Save My Child  

1953       Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 

1953       Abbott and Costello Go to Mars 

1952       The Abbott and Costello Show

1952       Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd 

1952       Lost in Alaska 

1952       Jack and the Beanstalk 

1951       Comin' Round the Mountain 

1951       Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man 

1950       Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion 

1949       Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff 

1949       Africa Screams 

1948       Mexican Hayride 

1948       Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein 

1948       The Noose Hangs High 

1947       The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap 

1947       Buck Privates Come Home 

1946       The Time of Their Lives 

1946       Little Giant 

1945       Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood 

1945       The Naughty Nineties 

1945       Here Come the Co-eds 

1944       Lost in a Harem 

1944       In Society 

1943       Hit the Ice 

1943       It Ain't Hay 

1942       Who Done It? 

1942       Pardon My Sarong 

1942       Rio Rita 

1942       Ride 'Em Cowboy 

1941       Keep 'Em Flying 

1941       Hold That Ghost 

1941       In the Navy 

1941       Buck Privates 

1940       One Night in the Tropics 

1928       The Cossacks 

1928       Circus Rookies 

1928       Rose-Marie 

1927       The Battle of the Century

1927       The Fair Co-Ed 

1927       The Taxi Dancer  

1926       Bardelys the Magnificent  

Matinee Classics - Africa Screams starring Abbott and Costello - Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, Hillary Brooke, Max Baer, Clyde Beatty, Frank Buck and Shemp Howard
Matinee Classics - Abbott and Costello go to Mars with Mari Blanchard
Matinee Classics - Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd
Matinee Classics - Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein with Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi and Glenn Strange
Matinee Classics - Ride 'Em Cowboy starring Abbott and Costello - Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Dick Foran, Anne Gwynne, Johnny Mack Brown and Judd McMichael
Matinee Classics - Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion with Patricia Medina
Matinee Classics - Abbott and Costello in Hollywood with Frances Rafferty and Robert Stanton
Matinee Classics - Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with Boris Karloff
Matinee Classics - Abbott and Costello - Who's on First?
Matinee Classics - Jack and the Beanstalk starring Abbott and Costello

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