Lou Costello

Lou Costello Headshot

Comedian • Actor • Vaudevillian

Birth Date: March 6, 1906

Death Date: March 3, 1959

Birth Place: Paterson, New Jersey

One-half of the popular American comedy team Abbott and Costello, Lou Costello was beloved by millions as the hapless, good-natured sap whose fireplug physique and manic energy hilariously played off Bud Abbott's fast-talking wise guy persona. Costello's career in vaudeville took off only after his pairing with Abbott, a fellow performer and talent promoter. Growing recognition on the stages of New York in the 1930s eventually led to a guest stint on a widely-heard national radio program, followed by their first film as a team, "One Night in the Tropics" (1940). With the massive success of their sophomore effort, "Buck Privates" (1941), Costello and his partner became two of the biggest movie stars of the wartime era. More hit films like "Pardon My Sarong" (1942), "In Society" (1944) and "The Naughty Nineties" (1945), combined with a popular radio program of their own, kept them at the top of the entertainment heap. The comedy-monster mash-up "Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein" (1948) marked the beginning of their "Abbott and Costello Meet " series of comedies. The comedy "Dance with Me, Henry" (1956) marked their final film appearance together before the team split in 1957, and Costello passed away two years later. As a testament to the simple genius of Abbott and Costello, their most famous comedy bit, "Who's on First?" was enshrined on video at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Credits

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

Actor
TV Show
2017

Abbott and Costello

Self
TV Show
2015

Abbott and Costello

Writer
TV Show
2015

I Know a Riddle

Actor
TV Show
2004

Best of Abbott and Costello

Actor
Movie
2004

The World of Abbott and Costello

Actor
Movie
1965

The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock

Actor
Artie Pinsetter
Movie
1959

Wagon TrainStream

Guest Star
TV Show
1957

Dance With Me Henry

Actor
Lou Henry
Movie
1956

Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops

Actor
Willie "Tubby" Piper
Movie
1955

Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy

Actor
Freddie Franklin
Movie
1955

General Electric Theater

Actor
Neal Andrews
TV Show
1953

Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

Actor
Tubby
Movie
1953

Abbott and Costello Go to Mars

Actor
Orville
Movie
1953

The Best of This Is Your Life

Guest
TV Show
1952

The Abbott & Costello ShowStream

Actor
TV Show
1952

I've Got a SecretStream

Guest
TV Show
1952

Jack and the Beanstalk

Actor
Jack/Jack Strong
Movie
1952

Jack and the Beanstalk: 4k Restoration Special Edition

Actor
Movie
1952

Lost in Alaska

Actor
Movie
1952

Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd

Actor
Captain `'Puddin' head'` Feathergill
Movie
1952

Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd

Executive Producer
Movie
1952

Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man

Actor
Lou Francis
Movie
1951

Mail Call: Who's on First?

Actor
Movie
1951

Comin' Round the Mountain

Actor
Wilbert Smith
Movie
1951

Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion

Actor
Lou Hotchkiss
Movie
1950

Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff

Actor
Freddie Phillips
Movie
1949

Africa Screams

Actor
Stanley Livington
Movie
1949

Hommes du monde

Actor
Movie
1949

The Noose Hangs High

Actor
Tommy Hinchcliffe
Movie
1948

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

Actor
Wilbur Grey
Movie
1948

Mexican Hayride

Actor
Joe Bascom/Humphrey Fish
Movie
1948

Buck Privates Come Home

Actor
Herbie Brown
Movie
1947

The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap

Actor
Chester Wooley
Movie
1947

The Time of Their Lives

Actor
Horatio Prim
Movie
1946

Little Giant

Actor
Benny Miller
Movie
1946

Here Come the Co-Eds

Actor
Oliver Quackenbush
Movie
1945

Abbott and Costello in Hollywood

Actor
Abercrombie
Movie
1945

The Naughty Nineties

Actor
Sebastian Dinwiddle
Movie
1945

In Society

Actor
Albert Mansfield
Movie
1944

Lost in a Harem

Actor
Harvey Garvey
Movie
1944

Hit the Ice

Actor
Weejie "Tubby" McCoy
Movie
1943

It Ain't Hay

Actor
Wilbur Hoolihan
Movie
1943

Rio Rita

Actor
"Wishy"
Movie
1942

Ride 'em Cowboy

Actor
Willoughby
Movie
1942

Pardon My Sarong

Actor
Wellington Pflug/Moola
Movie
1942

Who Done It?

Actor
Mervin Q. Milgrim/Voice of Himself on Radio
Movie
1942

Keep 'Em Flying

Actor
Heathcliff
Movie
1941

Buck Privates

Actor
Herbie Brown
Movie
1941

Abbott and Costello in the Navy

Actor
Pomeroy Watson
Movie
1941

Hold That Ghost

Actor
Ferdinand Jones
Movie
1941

One Night in the Tropics

Actor
Costello
Movie
1940