Lou Costello

Highest Rated: 100% Hold That Ghost (1941)
Birthday: Mar 6, 1906
Birthplace: Not Available
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

CREDIT
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
38% 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

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Abbott and Costello Show
1951-1952
Himself
  • 2019
  • 1953
  • 1952
  • 1951

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