Lou Costello

Actor, Producer, Vaudevillian
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 ... Read more »
Born: 03/06/1906 in Paterson, New Jersey, USA


Actor (40)

Entertaining the Troops 1987 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 30-Foot Bride of Candy Rock 1958 (Movie)

Artie Pinsetter (Actor)

Dance With Me Henry 1956 (Movie)

Bud Flick (Actor)

The Colgate Comedy Hour 1950 - 1956 (Tv Show)


Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Cops 1955 (Movie)

Willie Piper (Actor)

Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy 1955 (Movie)

Freddie (Actor)

The Abbott and Costello Show 1951 - 1954 (TV Show)


Abbott and Costello Go to Mars 1953 (Movie)

Orville (Actor)

Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd 1951 (Movie)

Oliver "Puddin' Head" Johnson (Actor)

The Time of Their Lives 1946 (Movie)

Horatio Prim (Actor)

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood 1944 (Movie)

Abercrombie (Actor)

Buck Privates 1941 (Movie)

Herbie Brown (Actor)

Abbott & Costello in the Foreign Legion (Movie)

Lou Hotchkiss (Actor)

Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (Movie)

Lou Francis (Actor)

Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff (Movie)

Freddie Phillips (Actor)

Africa Screams (Movie)

Stanley Livingston (Actor)

Buck Privates Come Home (Movie)

Herbie Brown (Actor)

Comin' Round the Mountain (Movie)

Wilbert (Actor)

Here Come the Co-Eds (Movie)

Oliver Quackenbush (Actor)

Hit the Ice (Movie)

"Tubby" McCoy (Actor)

Hold That Ghost (Movie)

Ferdinand Jones (Actor)

In Society (Movie)

Albert Mansfield (Actor)

In the Navy (Movie)

Pomeroy Watson (Actor)

Jack and the Beanstalk (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Keep 'Em Flying (Movie)

Heathcliffe (Actor)

Little Giant (Movie)

Benny Miller (Actor)

Lost in Alaska (Movie)

George Bell (Actor)

Lost in a Harem (Movie)

Harvey Garvey (Actor)

Mexican Hayride (Movie)

Joe Bascom (Actor)

One Night in the Tropics (Movie)

Costello (Actor)

Pardon My Sarong (Movie)

Wellington Phlug (Actor)

Ride 'Em Cowboy (Movie)

Willoughby (Actor)

Rio Rita (Movie)

"Wishy" (Actor)

The Naughty Nineties (Movie)

Sebastian Dinwiddle (Actor)

The Noose Hangs High (Movie)

Homer Hinchcliffe (Actor)

The Time of Their Lives (Movie)

Horatio Prim (Actor)

The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap (Movie)

Chester Wooley (Actor)

Who Done It? (Movie)

Mervyn Milgrim (Actor)


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, despite critical dismissal of their oeuvre as being decidedly lowbrow. The comedy-monster mash-up "Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein" (1948) marked not only the beginning of their repetitive "Abbot and Costello Meet " phase, but also of their over-exposure and consequent slump in popularity. 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.


owned a small silk mill

accidentally drowned as small child in 1950s

Ann Costello

survived him

Carole Costello

died in 1987

Christine Costello

wrote memoir

Patricia Costello

wrote biography of father

Pat Costello



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Paterson, New Jersey



Made one solo film appearance (also his last), "The Thirty Foot Bride of Candy Rock"


Ended partnership with Bud Abbott


Their most famous comic routine, "Who's on First?", placed on permanent display at the National Baseball Fall of Fame Museum in Cooperstown, NY, in the form of a gold record and a framed copy of the text


Last film with Abbott, "Dance with Me, Henry"


Ended association with Universal after "Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy"


Flagging popularity revived with "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein"; film initiated a series of onscreen encounters with other monsters


Unsuccessfully attempted to work separately within the same film, "The Little Giant"


Abbott and Costello consistently voted among the top ten box office stars by motion picture exhibitors


Film debut with Abbott in comic supporting roles, "One Night in the Tropics"


First starring roles for the duo, "Buck Privates", for Universal Studios


Broadway acting debut in revue, "Streets of Paris", alonside Carmen Miranda


First radio performance (as Abbott and Costello) on the Kate Smith program


Joined with Bud Abbott in Brooklyn

Worked in a haberdashery, a slaughterhouse and the prize ring before he met William 'Bud' Abbott while working as a $40-a-week comic in burlesque; Abbott a last-second substitute one night for Costello's indisposed straight man

Team appeared in 52 episodes of half-hour TV series, "The Abbott and Costello Show", reprising most of their comic routines

Bonus Trivia


A gold record of Abbott and Costello's "Who's On First?" routine is displayed at The Baseball Hall of Fame.