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Lou Costello (I) (1906–1959)


Lou Costello was born Louis Francis Cristillo in Paterson, New Jersey, to Helen (Rege) and Sebastiano Cristillo. His father was from Calabria, Italy, and his mother was an American of Italian, French, and Irish ancestry. Raised in Paterson, Costello dropped out of high school and headed west to break into the movies. He got a job as a carpenter at... See full bio »

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Known For

The Abbott and Costello Show
(1952-1954)
Africa Screams
Africa Screams Stanley Livington
(1949)
Jack and the Beanstalk
Jack and the Beanstalk Jack / Jack Strong
(1952)

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 1959 The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock
Artie Pinsetter
 1956 Dance with Me, Henry
Lou Henry
 1955 Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy
Freddie Franklin
 1955 Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops
Willie 'Tubby' Piper
 1954 Fireman Save My Child
Man in Long Shots (uncredited)
 1952 Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd
Captain 'Puddin' head' Feathergill
 1952 Lost in Alaska
George Bell
 1952 Jack and the Beanstalk
Jack / Jack Strong (as Costello)
 1951 Comin' Round the Mountain
Wilbert Smith
 1942 Who Done It?
Mervin Q. Milgrim / Voice of Himself on Radio
 1942 Rio Rita
'Wishy'
 1928 The Cossacks
Extra (uncredited)
 1928 Circus Rookies
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 1928 Rose-Marie
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 1927 The Fair Co-Ed
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 1927 The Taxi Dancer
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 1926 Bardelys the Magnificent
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(10/13/41) Radio: Appeared (as "Herbie Brown") in a "Lux Radio Theatre" production of "Buck Privates". See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 7 Print Biographies | 6 Portrayals | 10 Articles | See more »


Alternate Names:

Abbott & Costello | Abbott and Costello | Costello | Lou Cristillo | Sebastian Cristillo

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)
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Personal Quote:

[his last words] I think I'll be more comfortable. See more »

Trivia:

He had a habit of taking home any prop or furniture item from a set that took his fancy. During filming of Hit the Ice (1943), director Charles Lamont went back to reshoot some scenes that took place at an ice-skating rink only to discover that all the wrought-iron patio furniture at the rink was gone--Costello took it home with him when he finished shooting the scene the previous day. An ... See more »

Trademark:

Half of his tie reached down below his belt See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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