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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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The Abbott and Costello Show
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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-Con Artist / ...
- Episode #3.34 (1958) ... Comedian-Drill Sergeant
- Episode #3.24 (1958) ... Comedian-Charlie Carwash
- Episode #3.13 (1957) ... Comedian-Con Artist
- Episode #2.36 (1957)
- 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 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
 1948 10,000 Kids and a Cop (Short documentary)
Lou Costello
 1942 Who Done It?
Mervin Q. Milgrim / Voice of Himself on Radio
 1942 Rio Rita
 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)
Show Show Soundtrack (11 credits)
Show Show Producer (6 credits)
Show Show Writer (1 credit)
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Show Show Self (17 credits)
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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 »


Lou Costello was chosen for the lead role in the Broadway musical "Fiorello!" (1959), lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and music by Jerry Bock. Due to Costello's illness, the role was filled by a young Tom Bosley ("Howard Cunningham" of TV's "Happy Days"). Harnick and Bock became famous for the long-running Broadway smash hit "Fiddler on the Roof". See more »


One of his most frequent gestures was to place a fist on his cheek when frustrated occasionally he would smack his fist away with his other hand See more »

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costello was catholic right, but was abbott really jewish i mean headcigar
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