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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)

Filmography

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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
 1949 Africa Screams
Stanley Livington
 1948 Mexican Hayride
Joe Bascom
 1948 The Noose Hangs High
Tommy Hinchcliffe
 1947 The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap
Chester Wooley
 1947 Buck Privates Come Home
Herbie Brown
 1946 The Time of Their Lives
Horatio Prim
 1946 Little Giant
Benny Miller
 1945 The Naughty Nineties
Sebastian Dinwiddle
 1945 Here Come the Co-eds
Oliver Quackenbush
 1944 Lost in a Harem
Harvey Garvey
 1944 In Society
Albert
 1943 Hit the Ice
Weejie McCoy
 1943 It Ain't Hay
Wilbur Hoolihan
 1942 Who Done It?
Mervin Q. Milgrim / Voice of Himself on Radio
 1942 Pardon My Sarong
Wellington Pflug
 1942 Rio Rita
'Wishy'
 1942 Ride 'Em Cowboy
Willoughby
 1941 Keep 'Em Flying
Heathcliff
 1941 Hold That Ghost
Ferdinand Jones
 1941 In the Navy
Pomeroy Watson
 1941 Buck Privates
Herbie Brown
 1940 One Night in the Tropics
Costello
 1928 The Cossacks
Extra (uncredited)
 1928 Circus Rookies
Extra (uncredited)
 1928 Rose-Marie
Extra (uncredited)
 1927 The Fair Co-Ed
Extra (uncredited)
 1927 The Taxi Dancer
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 1926 Bardelys the Magnificent
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(1941-46) Radio Appeared (w/Bud Abbott) in "The Abbbott and Costello Show" on ABC Radio. 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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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

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

Trivia:

At the beginning of their career he insisted that any joint earnings with Bud Abbott were split 60-40 in Abbott's favor because of Bud's skill as a straight man. See more »

Trademark:

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

Star Sign:

Pisces

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