Lou Costello (I) (1906–1959)


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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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Hold That Ghost Ferdinand Jones
(1941)
(1946)
Lost in a Harem Harvey Garvey
(1944)

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 2020 7x13=28 (Short)
Benny
 2020 Who's on First?!!? The Animated Version (Short)
Sebastian Dinwiddle
 1959 The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock
Artie Pinsetter
 1958 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series)
Comedian
- Episode #12.10 (1958) ... Comedian
 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
 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
- Fall Guy (1954) ... Lou Costello
- Beauty Contest (1954) ... Lou Costello
- Fencing Master (1954) ... Lou Costello
- Honeymoon House (1954) ... 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 aka Humphrey Fish
 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
Private 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 Mansfield
 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' Dunne
 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 Battle of the Century (Short)
Ringside Spectator (uncredited)
 1927 The Fair Co-Ed
Extra (uncredited)
 1927 The Taxi Dancer
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
 1926 Bardelys the Magnificent
Extra (uncredited)
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Show Show Soundtrack (11 credits)
Show Show Stunts (2 credits)
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Show Show Archive footage (92 credits)

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Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 8 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:

[after pouring a bottle of beer over Bud Abbott's head] Now you look as wet as you act! See more »

Trivia:

The performance of "Who's on First?" in The Naughty Nineties (1945) is considered the quintessential version of the routine, and the clip is enshrined in a looped video at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. If you listen carefully you can hear laughter in the background. It was the crew, whom the director could not get to stop laughing during repeated takes of the routine. He finally ... See more »

Trademark:

Rapid-fire verbal routines with his partner Bud Abbott in which they seldom if ever missed a cue or a line. See more »

Nickname:

Lou King

Star Sign:

Pisces

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