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Louis Francis Costello (Costello-Lou)

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Born: 1906 AD
Died: 1959 AD, at 52 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Comedians

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1906 - Born in Paterson, New Jersey on the 6th of March.

 

1927 - He went to Hollywood to become an actor, but could only find work as a laborer or extra at MGM and Warner Brothers.

 

1930 - He hitchhiked back home but ran out of money in St. Joseph, Missouri.

 

        - He took a job as a Dutch-accented comic at a local burlesque theater. Changing his name to "Costello," he went back to New York and began working in vaudeville theater and burlesque there

 

1938-1940 - Received national exposure for the first time by becoming featured performers on "The Kate Smith Hour," a popular variety show.

 

1943 - Had an attack of rheumatic fever and was unable to work for a year.

 

1957 - Abbott and Costello split, after troubles with the Internal Revenue Service that forced both men to sell off their large homes and the rights to some of their films.

 

1959 - Died of a heart attack three days before his 53rd birthday, on the 3rd of March. He was interred in the Calvary Cemetery in East Los Angeles, California.

 

2005 - Madison Street, in the Sandy Hill section of Paterson, where Costello was born, was renamed Lou Costello's Place.


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