|Lou Costello Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 5 in|
|Date of Birth||March 6, 1906|
|Date of Death||March 3, 1959|
Lou Costello was an American comedian, actor, television personality, and producer best known for his comedy routine Who’s on First?, with straight man Bud Abbott. The duo teamed in burlesque in 1936 and was included amongst the most popular and highest-paid entertainers in the world during World War II. Moreover, Lou Costello’s film credits included One Night in the Tropics, Buck Privates, Hold That Ghost, In the Navy, Keep ‘Em Flying, Ride ‘Em Cowboy, Pardon My Sarong, Who Done It?, Rio Rita, Hit The Ice, Lost in a Harem, In Society, Here Come the Co-Eds, Abbott and Costello in Hollywood, The Time of Their Lives, Buck Privates Come Home, The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap, The Noose Hangs High, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, 10,000 Kids and a Cop, Mexican Hayride, Africa Screams, Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion, Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man, Comin’ Round the Mountain, Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd, Lost in Alaska, Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops, Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy, The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock, and Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff.
Louis Francis Cristillo
Lou Costello, Lou King
He was born on March 6, 1906.
On March 3, 1959, Lou Costello died of a heart attack at the age of 52 at Doctors Hospital in Beverly Hills, California, United States.
Calvary Cemetery in Los Angeles, California, United States
Paterson, Passaic County, New Jersey, United States
Lou Costello studied at Public School 15 in Paterson.
Comedian, Actor, Television Personality, Producer
- Father – Sebastiano Cristillo (Silk Weaver, Insurance Sales Agent)
- Mother – Helen Rege
- Siblings – Anthony Sebastian Cristillo (December 10, 1902 – February 13, 1990) (Older Brother) (professionally known as Pat Costello) (Actor, Musician, Producer, Stunt Double), Marie Katherine Cristillo (1912-1988) (Younger Sister)
- Others – Angiolantonio Cristillo (Paternal Grandfather), Catarina Tartaglione (Paternal Grandmother), Louis C. Rege (Maternal Grandfather), Mary Tuohy (Maternal Grandmother), Mary Costello (Sister-In-Law, Pat’s Wife), Ignazio “Nat” Curcuruto (October 1, 1903 – April 16, 1975) (Brother-In-Law, Marie’s Husband) (known by his stage name Joe Kirk) (Radio, Film, Television Actor), Craig Martin (Son-In-Law, Carole’s Husband), Marki Costello (Granddaughter) (Actor, Director, Producer)
According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, his net worth was $250 Thousand at the time of his death.
5 ft 5 in or 165 cm
76 kg or 167.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Lou Costello had dated –
- Anne Battler (1934-1959) – He got married to burlesque chorus dancer Anne Battler on January 30, 1934, and the duo had 4 children – daughters named Patricia “Paddy” Costello (b. 1936), Carole Costello (b. December 23, 1938), and Christine Costello (b. August 15, 1947) and a son named Lou Jr. (nicknamed “Butch”) (November 6, 1942 – November 4, 1943). They remained married until his death in 1959.
Race / Ethnicity
Lou Costello was of Italian, Irish, and French descent.
- His catchphrase: “I’m a baaaaaad boy!”
- Sported a bowler hat and plaid jacket always unbuttoned
- Mastered early pratfall techniques
Lou Costello did print adverts for –
- Adams Hats
- Garcia Cigars
- Edelbrau beer
- Horn & Hardart restaurants
He also did TV commercials for –
- EZ Pop popcorn (w/Bud Abbott) (1950s)
- Christmas Seals (PSA) (1952)
Lou Costello Facts
- Growing up, he was considered a gifted athlete who excelled in basketball.
- Under the name “Lou King”, he fought as a boxer.
- Along with Dorothy Provine and Gale Gordon, Lou Costello co-starred as Artie Pinsetter in the 1959 comedy science fiction film The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock.
- He was awarded 3 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – for Motion Pictures at 6438 Hollywood Blvd., for Radio at 6780 Hollywood Blvd., and for Television at 6276 Hollywood Blvd.
- Lou Costello died 3 days before his 53rd birthday.
- He was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2009.
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