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Lou Costello

Highest Rated:   100% Hold That Ghost (1941)
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American comedian Lou Costello wasn't the most scholarly of lads growing up in Paterson, New Jersey, although he excelled in baseball and basketball. He won an athletic scholarship to Cornwall-on-Hudson Military School, but left before graduation to try a performing career. Reasoning that there'd be a lot of work for a top athlete in Hollywood, Lou travelled westward, but was only able to secure stunt-man work, specializing in the sort of spectacular falls that he'd still be staging during his later starring career. Tired of working anonymously in Hollywood, Costello decided to give stage work a try, and by the mid '30s he'd achieved minor prominence as a burlesque comedian. What he needed was the right straight man, and that man was Bud Abbott, with whom Lou teamed in 1936. Abbott was satisfied in burlesque, but Costello had bigger ambitions; it was he who actively promoted the team into radio and Broadway. In 1940, Lou finally realized his life's ambition to be a movie star when he and Abbott were signed by Universal Pictures. The team's second feature, Buck Privates, launched an amazingly durable film career; for the next ten years, Abbott and Costello were Hollywood's biggest moneymaking team. Though no pushover in real life, Lou became world famous for his portrayal of the hapless, trodden-upon patsy of the conniving, bullying Abbott; his plaintive "I'm a ba-a-ad boy" became a national catchphrase. A serious 1942 bout with rheumatic fever kept Lou out of radio and films for a full year. On the day of his professional return in 1943, an appalling tragedy struck Costello; his infant son drowned in the family's backyard swimming pool. Waving off mourners, Lou performed his comeback radio show that evening on schedule, as funny as ever, and broke down the minute the show signed off, while a visibly shaken Bud Abbott explained the situation to the studio audience. Lou was never quite the same after that, though his career flourished, surviving the occasional falling out with Bud Abbott and unprofitable attempts to change his screen image in such films as Little Giant and The Time of Their Lives (1946). Seldom making a professional misstep -- he moved from films to TV and back again with enormous success. Costello broke up permanently with Bud Abbott in 1956. His solo dates in nightclubs and television were satisfactory, and a starring appearance as a single in The Thirty Foot Bride of Candy Rock (1959) wasn't the disaster it might have been, but Lou Costello was basically unhappy going it alone. Still, he was thriving in show business and seemingly had a rosy future ahead of him in early 1959; sadly, in March of that year Lou Costello lost his lifelong battle with his rheumatic heart and died three days before his 53rd birthday.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Abbott and Costello in the Movies
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood (Abbott and Costello in Hollywood )
  • Actor
2000
41% Into the Night
  • Wilbur
1985
No Score Yet The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock
  • Artie Pinsetter
1959
No Score Yet Dance With Me, Henry!
  • Lou Henry
1956
27% Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy
  • Freddie Franklin
1955
No Score Yet Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops
  • Willie 'Tubby' Piper
1955
63% Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Tubby
1953
33% Abbott and Costello Go to Mars
  • Orville
1953
No Score Yet Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd
  • Captain 'Puddin'
1952
No Score Yet Lost in Alaska
  • George Bell
1952
43% Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Jack/Jack Strong
  • Producer
1952
No Score Yet Comin' Round the Mountain
  • Wilbert Smith
1951
80% Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man
  • Lou Francis
1951
No Score Yet Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion
  • Lou Hotchkiss
1950
No Score Yet Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff
  • Freddie Phillips
1949
60% Africa Screams
  • Stanley Livington
1949
No Score Yet Mexican Hayride
  • Joe Bascom, Humphrey Fish
1948
88% Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
  • Wilbur Grey
1948
No Score Yet The Noose Hangs High
  • Homer Hinchcliffe
1948
No Score Yet The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap
  • Chester Wooley
1947
No Score Yet Buck Privates Come Home
  • Herbie Brown
1947
No Score Yet Little Giant
  • Benny Miller
1946
No Score Yet The Time of Their Lives (The Ghost Steps Out)
  • Horatio Prim
1946
No Score Yet Abbott and Costello in Hollywood
  • Abercrombie
1945
No Score Yet The Naughty Nineties
  • Sebastian Dinwiddle
1945
No Score Yet Here Come the Co-eds
  • Oliver Quackenbush
1945
No Score Yet Lost in a Harem
  • Harvey Garvey
1944
No Score Yet In Society
  • Albert Mansfield
1944
No Score Yet Hit the Ice
  • Weejie 'Tubby' McCoy
1943
No Score Yet It Ain't Hay
  • Wilbur Hoolihan
1943
No Score Yet Who Done It?
  • Mervin Q. Milgram / Voice of Himself on Radio
1942
No Score Yet Pardon My Sarong
  • Wellington P Flug / aka Moola
1942
No Score Yet Rio Rita
  • Wishy
1942
No Score Yet Ride 'em Cowboy
  • Willoughby
1942
No Score Yet Keep 'em Flying
  • Heathcliff
1941
No Score Yet In the Navy
  • Pomeroy Watson
1941
No Score Yet Buck Privates
  • Herbie Brown
1941
100% Hold That Ghost
  • Ferdinand Jones
1941
No Score Yet One Night in the Tropics
  • Costello
1940
No Score Yet Abbott And Costello : Sell Thru
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet Bardelys the Magnificent
  • Extra
1926

Quotes from Lou Costello's Characters