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Lou Costello –

Costello in a publicity still.
About Lou Costello (1906 – 1959)
Lou Costello was Born on March 6, 1906 in Paterson, New Jersey. He passed away on March 3, 1959 in East Los Angeles, California from a heart attack.

Abbott and Costello are known in Italy as "Gianni and Pinotto". They are the only two non-sportsmen honored in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, USA, for their "Who's On First?" routine, though they are not actually members of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Lou worked as a carpenter at MGM and Warners. He went from there to stunt man and then to vaudeville as a comic. In 1931 while working in Brooklyn, his straight man became ill and the theater cashier, Bud Abbott, filled in for him.

The two formed their famous comedy team and, through the 1930s, they worked burlesque, minstrel shows, vaudeville and movie houses. In 1938 they got national exposure through the Kate Smith Hour radio show, and signed with Universal the next year for their film debut in One Night In The Tropics (1940).

They had their own radio show (ABC, 1941-6, NBC, 1946-9) and 1952 TV show (The Abbott And Costello Show). Lou Costello is pictured on one of five 29¢ US commemorative postage stamps celebrating famous comedians, issued in booklet form in 1991.

Costello also founded the Television Corporation of America production company, which produced The Abbott and Costello Show (1952) and I'm the Law (1953).

Lou Costello's notable movie credits include...

the 30 foot bride of candy rock (1959)
dance with me henry (1956)
the Abbott and Costello show (radio & TV series) (1952-1954)
comin' round the mountain (1951)
the noose hangs high (1948)
Abbott & Costello meet Frankenstein (1948)
it ain't hay (1943)
buck privates (1941)
one night in the tropics (1940)


Lou Costello in Abbott & Costello Meet The Invisible Man (1951).



Lou Costello in Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948).




Lou Costello in Buck Privates (1941).