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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

Rio Rita 'Doc'
(1942)
Hold That Ghost Chuck Murray
(1941)
In the Navy Smokey Adams
(1941)

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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)
 1952-1954 The Abbott and Costello Show (TV Series)
Bud Abbott
- Barber Lou (1954) ... Bud Abbott
- Fall Guy (1954) ... Bud Abbott
- Beauty Contest (1954) ... Bud Abbott
- Fencing Master (1954) ... Bud Abbott
- Honeymoon House (1954) ... Bud Abbott
 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
 1949 Africa Screams
Buzz Johnson
 1948 Mexican Hayride
Harry Lambert
 1948 10,000 Kids and a Cop (Short documentary)
Bud Abbott
 1948 The Noose Hangs High
Ted Higgins
 1947 Buck Privates Come Home
Corporal Slicker Smith
 1946 The Time of Their Lives
Cuthbert Greenway / Dr. Ralph Greenway
 1946 Little Giant
Eddie L. Morrison / T.S. Chandler
 1945 The Naughty Nineties
Dexter Broadhurst
 1945 Here Come the Co-eds
Slats McCarthy
 1944 Lost in a Harem
Peter Johnson
 1944 In Society
Eddie Harrington
 1943 Hit the Ice
Flash Fulton
 1943 It Ain't Hay
Grover Mockridge
 1942 Who Done It?
Chick Larkin / Voice of Himself on Radio
 1942 Pardon My Sarong
Algy Shaw
 1942 Rio Rita
'Doc'
 1942 Ride 'Em Cowboy
Duke
 1941 Keep 'Em Flying
Blackie Benson
 1941 Hold That Ghost
Chuck Murray
 1941 In the Navy
Smokey Adams
 1941 Buck Privates
Slicker Smith
 1940 One Night in the Tropics
Abbott
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Appeared as a special guest (not a panelist) on an episode of the NBC daytime game show It Takes Two (1968) hosted by Vin Scully (sometime in 1969 or 1970), reminiscing about his career with Lou Costello. 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:

Bud's twin sister Olive confirmed in an interview conducted by Chris Costello for the latter's book "Lou's on First" that she and her brother were actually born in Reading, Pennsylvania, only moving to Asbury Park at the age of 2 or 3. See more »

Trademark:

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Star Sign:

Libra

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