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Bud Abbott

Biography

Professional and comedian who all played the right guy in the burlesque humor present, Abbot and Costello. He and his humor partner Lou Costello are most widely known because of their immortal “Who’s On First?” regular, which they initial performed in the 1940 film One Evening In The Tropics. He still left school young to function in Coney Isle and the Modern casino Theater. He afterwards began executing vaudeville along with his brand-new wife Betty in the first 1920’s. He was the direct man inside the Abbott and Costello humor duo and was also paid even more in the first times of their profession because a great straight guy was viewed as even more of a item. He followed two children along with his wife Betty whom he was wedded to for 55 years. His mom was bareback rider and his dad, Harry, was an progress guy for Barnum and Bailey Circus. He was a dynamic Freemason and Shriner during his life time. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld stated The Abbott and Costello Present to have offered as an motivation for his very own sitcom, Seinfeld.

Quick Facts


Full Name Bud Abbott
Date Of Birth October 2, 1895
Died April 24, 1974, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth Asbury Park, NJ
Height 1.73 m
Profession Comedian
Nationality American
Spouse Betty Smith
Children Bud Abbott Jr., Vickie Abbott
Parents Rae Abbott, Harry Abbott
Siblings Olive Abbott
Partner Lou Costello
Movies Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy, Buck Privates, Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man, Hold That Ghost, Africa Screams, Jack and the Beanstalk, Abbott and Costello Go to Mars, Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Naughty Nineties, The Noose Hangs High, Abbott and Costello in Hollywood, Who Done It?, The Time of Their Lives, Dance with Me, Henry, One Night in the Tropics, In Society, Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff, Lost in a Harem, Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion, Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd, Little Giant, Ride 'Em Cowboy, Hit the Ice, Here Come the Co-Eds, Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops, Pardon My Sarong, Keep 'Em Flying, Rio Rita, Lost in Alaska, Buck Privates Come Home, The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap, Mexican Hayride, In the Navy, Comin' Round the Mountain, The World of Abbott and Costello, Reagan, Best of Abbott and Costello, It Ain't Hay, Classic TV Comedians
TV Shows The Abbott and Costello Cartoon Show, The Colgate Comedy Hour, The Abbott and Costello Show
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#Fact
1 Abbott and Costello are known in France as "Les Deux Nigauds" ("The Two Simpletons").
2 He married Betty Smith in 1918. They adopted two children.
3 Bud's twin sister Olive confirmed in an interview conducted by Chris Costello for the latter's book "Lou's on First" that she and her brother were actually born in Reading, Pennsylvania, only moving to Asbury Park at the age of 2 or 3.
4 His father had English and German ancestry. His maternal grandparents, Fredericka and Alexander Fisher, were immigrants from Germany.
5 The comedy team's 1941 salary was $291,905.
6 Uncle of Betty A. Griffin.
7 Uncle of Norman Abbott.
8 The performance of "Who's on First?" in the film The Naughty Nineties (1945) is considered the quintessential version of the routine, and the clip is enshrined in a looped video at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
9 He has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio (6333 Hollywood Boulevard); Motion Pictures (1611 Vine Street) and Television (6740 Hollywood Boulevard); in Hollywood, California.
10 He and his professional partner, Lou Costello, were elected into the 2008 New Jersey Hall of Fame for their services to arts and entertainment.
11 1960: He tried to form a new duo, this time with veteran comic/instrumentalist Candy Candido. Abbott quipped during an interview that he and Candy would star in "Space Privates", a futuristic version of his and Lou Costello's Buck Privates (1941) classic. "Space Privates" never materialized and the teaming was short-lived. They weren't attracting an audience, and Abbott was forced to leave after experiencing an epileptic attack while traveling to one of their personal appearances.
12 An avid gun collector, he once owned one of Adolf Hitler's shotguns and some of Tom Mix's pearl-handled pistols.
13 Uncle of TV producer Norman Abbott.
14 1942: His salary was $393,314, making him one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood.
15 He and his professional partner Lou Costello were nominated for the 2007 inaugural New Jersey Hall of Fame for their services to entertainment.
16 September, 2003: Montclair State University in New Jersey dedicated a building in their new residence hall complex as "Abbott and Costello Center", after Bud and his partner Lou Costello.
17 Soon after former partner Lou Costello's death, the Internal Revenue Service demanded Bud pay over $750,000 in back taxes. He was forced to sell his estate in Encino, California (at a loss), as well as his 200-acre ranch. His wife sold her jewelry and furs and they relinquished their remaining share of profits from the old lucrative Universal movies. He said he'd have to start all over and begged for donations from Abbott & Costello fans, with little results.
18 His father, Harry, was a publicity advance man for Barnum and Bailey Circus.
19 His twin sister, Olive Victoria Abbott, was also in vaudeville and lived to be 101 years old, dying on 8/8/1997.
20 1940: He made his film debut in One Night in the Tropics (1940), which was also his first film pairing with his partner Lou Costello. It wasn't Costello's film debut, however, as he had been in several movies in the late 1920s as an extra and stuntman before he teamed up with Abbott.
21 He wore a front toupee for many of his early films.
22 March 1959: When his former partner Lou Costello died, a nationally run news photo showed him reading a newspaper article covering his former partner's death.
23 Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith; pg. 1-3. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
24 A lifelong epileptic, he died of prostate cancer following two strokes.
25 With Lou Costello, starred on ABC (1941-1946) and NBC (1946-1949) Radio's "The Abbott and Costello Show."
26 Abbott and Costello are known in Italy as "Gianni and Pinotto", Abbott being Gianni and Costello being Pinotto.
27 Father of actor Bud Abbott Jr.
28 At Lou Costello's insistance, the monies earned from the their act were split 60/40, favoring Abbott. Costello's reasoning was that "comics are a dime a dozen. Good straight men are hard to find."
29 Pictured on one of five 29¢ US commemorative postage stamps celebrating famous comedians, issued in booklet form 29 August 1991. He is shown with his partner Lou Costello. The stamp designs were drawn by caricaturist Al Hirschfeld. The other comedians honored in the set are Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy; Edgar Bergen (with alter ego Charlie McCarthy); Jack Benny; and Fanny Brice.
30 His mother was a bareback rider for the Ringling Bothers Circus.
31 He was cremated and his ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Abbott & Costello: Live & Hilarious! 1989 Video
Abbott & Costello 1967 TV Series Abbott (voice)
General Electric Theater 1961 TV Series Ernie Kauffman
Dance with Me, Henry 1956 Bud Flick
Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy 1955 Pete Patterson
Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops 1955 Harry 'Slim' Pierce
Fireman Save My Child 1954 Man in Long Shots (uncredited)
The Abbott and Costello Show 1952-1954 TV Series Bud Abbott
Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1953 Slim
Abbott and Costello Go to Mars 1953 Lester
Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd 1952 Rocky Stonebridge
Lost in Alaska 1952 Tom Watson
Jack and the Beanstalk 1952 Mr. Dinkel / Mr. Dinkelpuss (as Abbott)
Comin' Round the Mountain 1951 Al Stewart
Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man 1951 Bud Alexander
Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion 1950 Bud Jones
Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff 1949 Casey Edwards
Africa Screams 1949 Buzz Johnson
Mexican Hayride 1948 Harry Lambert
10,000 Kids and a Cop 1948 Short documentary Bud Abbott
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein 1948 Chick
The Noose Hangs High 1948 Ted Higgins
The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap 1947 Duke Egan
Buck Privates Come Home 1947 Slicker Smith
The Time of Their Lives 1946 Cuthbert Greenway Dr. Ralph Greenway
Little Giant 1946 Eddie L. Morrison T.S. Chandler
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood 1945 Buzz Kurtis
The Naughty Nineties 1945 Dexter Broadhurst
Here Come the Co-eds 1945 Slats McCarthy
Lost in a Harem 1944 Peter Johnson
In Society 1944 Eddie
Hit the Ice 1943 Flash Fulton
It Ain't Hay 1943 Grover Mockridge
Who Done It? 1942 Chick Larkin / Voice of Himself on Radio
Pardon My Sarong 1942 Algy Shaw
Rio Rita 1942 'Doc'
Ride 'Em Cowboy 1942 Duke
Keep 'Em Flying 1941 Blackie Benson
Hold That Ghost 1941 Chuck Murray
In the Navy 1941 Smokey Adams
Buck Privates 1941 Slicker Smith
One Night in the Tropics 1940 Abbott

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd 1952 performer: "Tonight We Sail"
Jack and the Beanstalk 1952 performer: "Jack and the Beanstalk", "He Never Looked Better In His Life"
The Naughty Nineties 1945 performer: "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" 1908 - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Picture People Vol. 2 No. 6: Hollywood War Efforts 1942 Short Himself
Meet the Stars #4: Variety Reel #2 1941 Documentary short Himself
Here's Hollywood 1962 TV Series Himself
This Is Your Life 1956 TV Series Himself
Unit One 1956 TV Series Himself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1956 TV Series Himself - "Who's On First?"
The Ed Sullivan Show 1955 TV Series Himself
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1951-1955 TV Series Himself - Host / Himself - Comic Actor / Himself - Comedian / ...
News of the Day 1952 Documentary short Himself
Olympic Fund Telethon 1952 TV Special Himself
Screen Snapshots: Motion Picture Mothers, Inc. 1949 Short Himself
Mail Call 1944 Short Himself (uncredited)
Picture People No. 10: Hollywood at Home 1942 Documentary short Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The O'Reilly Factor 2008-2014 TV Series Himself / Chick Young
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness 2011 TV Series documentary Chick
Reagan 2011 Documentary Himself
Eric & Ernie: Behind the Scenes 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary Chick Young
Behind the Burly Q 2010 Documentary Himself
Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Morecambe and Wise: The Show What Paul Merton Did 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Shemp Cocktail: A Toast to the Original Stooge 2008 Video documentary Himself
Close-up 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Elvis Presley: Hot Shots and Cool Clips Volume 3 2007 Video documentary Himself
The Story of Light Entertainment 2006 TV Mini-Series documentary
Back to the 1950s 2004 Video documentary
The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster 2002 Video documentary Bud (uncredited)
ABC 2000: The Millennium 1999 TV Movie documentary
Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed 1999 Video documentary short Peter
The Century: America's Time 1999 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - selling war bonds
American Masters 1997 TV Series documentary Himself
Bob Hope: Hollywood's Brightest Star 1996 Video documentary Himself
Biography 1994-1996 TV Series documentary Himself / Various
Television's Christmas Classics 1994 TV Special Himself
Abbott and Costello Meet Jerry Seinfeld 1994 TV Movie documentary
It's Alive: The True Story of Frankenstein 1994 TV Movie documentary
Legends of Comedy 1992 TV Movie documentary
Frankenstein: A Cinematic Scrapbook 1991 Documentary Chick Young / Slim
When It Was a Game 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Three Stooges 60th Anniversary Special 1990 TV Movie documentary
Entertaining the Troops 1988 Documentary Himself
Classic Comedy Teams 1986 Video documentary Himself
Horrible Horror 1986 Video Chick, In clips from 'Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein'
Into the Night 1985 Chick Young in 'Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein'
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage 1983 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Showbiz Goes to War 1982 TV Movie
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter 1982 TV Movie documentary Actor - 'In Society' (uncredited)
The Horror Show 1979 TV Movie documentary
The Hollywood Clowns 1979 Video documentary
Hey, Abbott! 1978
Funny Business 1978 TV Movie documentary Himself
Bob Hope's World of Comedy 1976 TV Movie Tribute Montage
That's Entertainment, Part II 1976 Documentary Clips from 'Rio Rita' (as Abbott)
The World of Abbott and Costello 1965 Character in Film Clips
Wayne and Shuster Take an Affectionate Look At... 1965 TV Series documentary
The Big Parade of Comedy 1964 Documentary Doc in 'Rio Rita'
Project XX 1960 TV Series documentary Himself - Comedian
Screen Snapshots Series 33, No. 10: Hollywood Grows Up 1954 Documentary short Film Clips Character
Champs of the Chase 1954 Short Eddie
Oh, My Achin' Tooth! 1954 Short Bud
Gobs in a Mess 1953 Short Smokey
Screen Snapshots: Memories of Famous Hollywood Comedians 1952 Documentary short Himself
Knights of the Bath 1951 Short Eddie
Fun on the Run 1949 Short Slats [Bud, in silent versions]
Kitchen Mechanics 1949 Short Slats [Bud, in silent versions]
Oysters and Muscles 1948 Short Slats [Bud, in silent versions]
Screen Snapshots Series 25, No. 8: Looking Back 1946 Short Himself
Twenty Years After 1944 Short
The Autobiography of a 'Jeep' 1943 Documentary short Himself - in a Jeep in Parade (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2006 Lifetime Achievement Award Garden State Film Festival For acting.
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 1611 Vine Street.
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television Awarded February 8, 1960 at 6740 Hollywood Blvd.
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Radio Awarded February 8, 1960 at 6333 Hollywood Blvd.

TitleSalary
The Abbott and Costello Show (1952) $15,000 /episode
Jack and the Beanstalk (1952) $250,000
Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951) $75,000
In Society (1944) $40,000 +%
Who Done It? (1942) $25,000 + 5% of profits
Rio Rita (1942) $75,000
Hold That Ghost (1941) $25,000 + 5% of profits
In the Navy (1941) $25,000 + 5% of profits
Buck Privates (1941) $25,000 + 5% of profits
One Night in the Tropics (1940) $17,500

#Quote
1 Well, I always had a chauffeur, because I have never driven a car in my life. I still can't drive.
2 They liked me so long as the liquor flowed at my house, but I haven't seen any of them around lately.
3 You never heard of a comedy team that didn't fight, did you?
4 That's why so many stars are making pictures in Europe today. The tax guys are making thieves out of everybody.
5 They disallowed this and disallowed that, and now I can't even get my head above water!
6 It gets so boring at home. After all, how many reruns of Abbott and Costello movies can a guy watch on television?
7 Sitting at home the way I do, I'd just love the hear from people. It'd be a great help in passing the time.
8 Once they get their hooks into you, you're a dead pigeon.
9 Now, on the St. Louis team we have Who's on first, What's on second, I Don't Know is on third.
10 [Speaking after his professional break-up with partner Lou Costello] I never understood Lou.

#Trademark
1 Jacket was always buttoned
2 Often uses the "play on words" technique in order to confuse another person (examples include the "who's on first" routine and "loafing" bit)
3 Slapping 'Lou Costello'
4 Fedora hat
5 Deep voice

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