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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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In the Navy Pomeroy Watson


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 1959 The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock
Artie Pinsetter
 1958 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Tobias Jones
- The Tobias Jones Story (1958) ... Tobias Jones
 1958 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Neal Andrews
- Blaze of Glory (1958) ... Neal Andrews
 1957-1958 The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (TV Series)
Comedian-Drill Sergeant / Comedian-Charlie Carwash / Comedian-Telephone Call
- Episode #3.34 (1958) ... Comedian-Drill Sergeant
- Episode #3.24 (1958) ... Comedian-Charlie Carwash
- Episode #2.23 (1957) ... Comedian-Telephone Call
 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)
 1952-1954 The Abbott and Costello Show (TV Series)
Lou Costello
- Barber Lou (1954) ... Lou Costello
- Wife Wanted (1953) ... Lou Costello
- Well Oiled (1953) ... Lou Costello
- Uncle from New Jersey (1953) ... Lou Costello
- The Tax Return (1953) ... Lou Costello
 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 10,000 Kids and a Cop (Short documentary)
Lou Costello
 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
 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
 1942 Ride 'Em Cowboy
 1941 Keep 'Em Flying
 1941 Hold That Ghost
Ferdinand Jones
 1941 In the Navy
Pomeroy Watson
 1941 Buck Privates
Herbie Brown
 1940 One Night in the Tropics
 1928 The Cossacks
Extra (uncredited)
 1928 Circus Rookies
Extra (uncredited)
 1928 Rose-Marie
Extra (uncredited)
 1927 The Battle of the Century (Short)
Boxing Hall extra (uncredited)
 1927 The Fair Co-Ed
Extra (uncredited)
 1927 The Taxi Dancer
Extra (uncredited)
 1926 Bardelys the Magnificent
Extra (uncredited)
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Other Works:

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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


5' 5" (1.65 m)

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Comics are a dime a dozen--good straight men are hard to find! See more »


After the death of his son, Lou Costello Jr., he performed "Who's On First" routine as normal, but with tears streaming down his face as he did so. See more »


His catchphrase: "I'm a baaaaaad boy!" See more »


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