Lou Costello

Lou Costello

American actor, comedian
Date of Birth: 06.03.1906
Country: USA

Content:
  1. Biography of Lou Costello
  2. Early Life and Career
  3. Partnership with Bud Abbott and Career Success
  4. Later Career and Personal Life

Biography of Lou Costello

Early Life and Career

Lou Costello, born Louis Francis Cristillo, was born in 1906 in Paterson, New Jersey, USA. His father was of Italian descent, while his mother had French and Irish roots. Lou attended school in Paterson but dropped out without completing his education to pursue a career in Hollywood. Initially, he worked as a carpenter at the MGM and Warner Bros. studios before becoming a stuntman due to his impressive physique. Later, he entered vaudeville with a comedic role, and it was during this time that he changed his surname to Costello, taking the stage name of his girlfriend.

Lou Costello

Partnership with Bud Abbott and Career Success

In 1930, Lou Costello's fortune changed when he partnered with Bud Abbott. Together, they formed the comedy duo "Abbott and Costello," which achieved enormous success in the 1930s. They performed not only in vaudeville but also on the radio. In 1938, Abbott and Costello signed a contract with Universal Pictures, marking their entry into the world of cinema. Their debut film, "One Night in the Tropics" in 1940, was a great success, followed by even more successful projects such as "Buck Privates," "Hold That Ghost," and "In the Navy" in 1941. Throughout the 1940s, they were considered one of the most popular and highly paid entertainers in the world.

Lou Costello

Later Career and Personal Life

In the 1950s, Abbott and Costello had their own television show and continued working in radio. However, in 1957, their partnership ended due to tax problems. Despite the dissolution of the duo, Lou Costello's catchphrase "HEEEEYYY ABBOTT!" and his lovable character were deeply ingrained in the public's memory, allowing him to continue working as a comedian and producer. He appeared in numerous TV shows, often reprising his screen persona.

Lou Costello

Lou Costello married burlesque dancer Anne Battler in 1934, and they had three children together. Tragically, their youngest son drowned in a swimming pool just days before his first birthday. Despite the personal tragedy, Lou continued his professional commitments and even dedicated a radio broadcast to his son. In 1959, Lou Costello passed away at the age of 52 from a heart attack. He was laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery in East Los Angeles, California. Anne, who had remained by his side during his hospitalization, passed away a few months later at the age of 47.

Lou Costello

Lou Costello's legacy is honored in his hometown of Paterson, where a memorial, park, and street bear his name. Additionally, he has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in recognition of his contributions to the entertainment industry.

Lou Costello

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