Acting professional and comedian who also played an over weight, foolhardy character within the burlesque humor display, Abbot and Costello. He and his humor partner Bud Abbot are most widely known for his or her immortal ‘Who’s On First?’ regular, which they 1st performed within the 1940 film One Night time WITHIN THE Tropics. He journeyed to Hollywood in 1927 to be popular, and worked like a stuntman, a supplementary, along with a laborer until he became discouraged and made a decision to hitchhike house. He fulfilled Bud Abbot in Saint Joseph, Missouri while hitchhiking house through the Great Depressive disorder. They became the official group in 1936 and produced 36 movies between 1940 and 1956, getting probably one of the most well-known and highest-paid entertainers on the planet during World Battle II. He wedded Anne Battler in January 1934 and his youngest child, Chris, published his biography, Lou’s On First, in 1981. His child Carole was wedded to Dean Martin’s child Craig. Laverne Andrews and her sisters experienced functions in his breakout film Buck Privates, in 1941.
Full Name Lou Costello
Date Of Birth March 6, 1906
Died March 3, 1959, Beverly Hills, California, United States
Place Of Birth Paterson, NJ
Height 1.65 m
Spouse Anne Battler
Children Chris Costello, Carole Costello, Patricia Costello, Lou Costello Jr.
Movies Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy, Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man, Buck Privates, Hold That Ghost, Africa Screams, Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Noose Hangs High, Who Done It?, The Time of Their Lives, The Naughty Nineties, Abbott and Costello Go to Mars, Jack and the Beanstalk, Abbott and Costello in Hollywood, Dance with Me, Henry, It Ain't Hay, Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion, In Society, One Night in the Tropics, Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd, Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff, Hit the Ice, Here Come the Co-Eds, Lost in a Harem, Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops, Little Giant, Rio Rita, Keep 'Em Flying, Lost in Alaska, Pardon My Sarong, Buck Privates Come Home, Ride 'Em Cowboy, The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap, Mexican Hayride, Comin' Round the Mountain, The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock, In the Navy, The World of Abbott and Costello, Circus Rookies, Best of Abbott and Costello, 10,000 Kids and a Cop, A Wave, a WAC and a Marine, Classic TV Comedians
TV Shows The Colgate Comedy Hour, The Abbott and Costello Show
Star Sign Pisces
He and Bud Abbott are known in France as "Les Deux Nigauds" ("The Two Simpletons").
Lou Costello was chosen for the lead role in the Broadway musical "Fiorello!" (1959), lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and music by Jerry Bock. Due to Costello's illness, the role was filled by a young Tom Bosley ("Howard Cunningham" of TV's "Happy Days"). Harnick and Bock became famous for the long-running Broadway smash hit "Fiddler on the Roof".
He broke the "fourth wall" in most of his films and TV appearances.
His father was of Italian descent. His maternal grandfather was of half Italian and half French ancestry, and his maternal grandmother was of Irish descent.
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. If you listen carefully, you can hear laughter in the background. It was the crew, whom the director could not get to stop laughing during repeated takes of the routine. He finally gave up, shot the scene in one take and let the laughter stay in, hoping no one would notice it.
He invented the very first commercial automatic ice machine. He planned to market it but lost money on the deal.
He learned of son Lou Costello Jr.'s death in a swimming-pool accident just moments before going on the air to do his radio show with Bud Abbott. However, being the old-school professional who believed that "the show must go on", he went right out and did the show--including their famous "Who's on First" routine-- without a hitch. Once they were finished, Costello went over in a corner and passed out.
At the beginning of their career he insisted that any joint earnings with Bud Abbott were split 60-40 in Abbott's favor because of Bud's skill as a straight man.
He was awarded 3 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 6438 Hollywood Boulevard, for Radio at 6780 Hollywood Boulevard, and for Television at 6276 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
He and partner Bud Abbott were inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2008 for their services and contributions to arts and entertainment.
Interred at Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA (Main Mausoleum, Block 354, Crypt B-1).
He had always suspected Universal Pictures of cheating him and partner Bud Abbott out of some of the profits of their pictures, but he could never prove it (that was one reason he didn't feel guilty about taking home expensive props from the sets of films he was shooting at Universal). One day his manager stopped into a photo supply store in Hollywood to buy some film for his camera and noticed a display that was selling 8mm film clips from films featuring Abbott & Costello that he had never heard of. Upon further investigation, he discovered that Universal was lifting scenes from A&C's early films, retitling them, selling them for the then burgeoning home 8mm market and not paying Abbott & Costello anything, which was in clear violation of its contracts with them. The team sued Universal and received a hefty out-of-court settlement.
1942: His salary was $393,314, making him one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood.
He and Bud Abbott are both nominees for the inaugural 2007 New Jersey Hall of Fame for their services to entertainment.
As an amateur boxer in Paterson, New Jersey, Costello--who used a fake name because he didn't want his mother to find out what he was doing--won 32 straight fights before being knocked out. The loss, combined with the fact that his mother finally found out what he was doing, ended his boxing career.
After the death of his son, Lou Costello Jr., he performed "Who's On First" routine as normal, but with tears streaming down his face as he did so.
Mentioned his hometown of Paterson, New Jersey, at least once in every one of his films.
Was to have starred in a film based on the life of former New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia. The project was still in the talking stages at the time of his death.
1959: He was set to star in the comedy series "It Pays to Be Ignorant", but died before production began.
He and Bud Abbott were so popular that there was an "Abbott and Costello" comic book that was published for about 10 years until their partnership ended in 1956.
1943: He was stricken with rheumatic fever, which halted the production of any new Abbott and Costello features for over a year until Lou fully recuperated. The disease, which normally strikes children, damaged his heart and led to the heart attack that ultimately killed him at such a young age.
Radio catchphrase: "I'm a bad boy."
Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith; pg. 1-3. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
He and Bud Abbott are known in Italy as "Gianni and Pinotto", Abbott being Gianni and Costello being Pinotto.
1994: A life-size bronze statue of Costello holding a bat and wearing his trademark derby was placed in a downtown park in his hometown of Paterson, NJ.
He and Bud Abbott are the only two non-sportsmen honored in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, USA, for their "Who's On First" routine. However, they are not members of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
He had a habit of taking home any prop or furniture item from a set that took his fancy. During filming of Hit the Ice (1943), director Charles Lamont went back to reshoot some scenes that took place at an ice-skating rink only to discover that all the wrought-iron patio furniture at the rink was gone--Costello took it home with him when he finished shooting the scene the previous day. An arrangement was worked out whereby Costello brought back the furniture, the scene was reshot, and then Costello took the furniture back home with him.
November 1943: His only son, Lou Costello Jr., drowned in the swimming pool of the family home just days before his first birthday. Lou never got over it, blaming his wife -- who was home at the time and didn't see the boy wander out into the back yard and fall into the pool -- for the tragedy. Although they didn't divorce -- they were both Catholics, for whom divorce at the time was unthinkable -- it put a permanent damper on their marriage.