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Bud Abbott (1895–1974)


Long acknowledged as one of the best "straight men" in the business, Bud Abbott was born William Alexander Abbott in Asbury Park, New Jersey, to Rae (Fisher) and Harry Abbott, who had both worked for the Barnum and Bailey Circus. He himself worked in carnivals while still a child and dropped out of school in 1909. He worked as assistant treasurer ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Abbott and Costello Show
(1952-1954)
Africa Screams
Africa Screams Buzz Johnson
(1949)
Jack and the Beanstalk
Jack and the Beanstalk Mr. Dinkel / Mr. Dinkelpuss
(1952)

Filmography

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 1967 Abbott & Costello (TV Series)
Abbott (voice)
 1961 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Ernie Kauffman
- The Joke's on Me (1961) ... Ernie Kauffman
 1956 Dance with Me, Henry
Bud Flick
 1955 Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy
Pete Patterson
 1955 Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops
Harry 'Slim' Pierce
 1954 Fireman Save My Child
Man in Long Shots (uncredited)
 1952 Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd
Rocky Stonebridge
 1952 Lost in Alaska
Tom Watson
 1952 Jack and the Beanstalk
Mr. Dinkel / Mr. Dinkelpuss (as Abbott)
 1951 Comin' Round the Mountain
Al Stewart
 1948 10,000 Kids and a Cop (Short documentary)
Bud Abbott
 1944 In Society
Eddie
 1942 Who Done It?
Chick Larkin / Voice of Himself on Radio
 1942 Rio Rita
'Doc'
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Show Show Self (13 credits)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Customs" Performer / "On the Boulevard" Performer / Manager, "Rest Cure" / Capi, "That's Music" / "The French Have a Word for It" Featured Performer") in "Streets of Paris" on Broadway. Musical revue. Music by Jimmy McHugh. Lyrics by Al Dubin. Additional numbers by Harold Rome. Sketches by Charles Sherman, Tom ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 6 Print Biographies | 5 Portrayals | 5 Articles | See more »


Alternate Names:

Abbott | Abbott & Costello | Abbott and Costello

Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[Speaking after his professional break-up with partner Lou Costello] I never understood Lou. See more »

Trivia:

Uncle of Norman Abbott. See more »

Trademark:

Slapping 'Lou Costello' See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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