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Abbott, William Alexander

Born: 1897 AD
Died: 1974 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Actors, Comedians, Producers

1895 – Born on the 2nd of October, in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

1918 – He married Betty Smith, a burlesque dancer and comedienne.

1924 – He started performing in an act with Betty.

        – He began working with veteran comedians like Harry Steppe and Harry Evanson.

1930 – He crossed paths with Lou Costello in burlesque.

       – He was producing and performing in Minsky’s Burlesque shows,

1936 – They formally teamed up with Costello and performed together in burlesque, vaudeville, minstrel shows,

              and cinemas.

1938 – They received national exposure for the first time by performing on the Kate Smith Hour radio



1940 – Universal signed Abbott and Costello for their first film, "One Night in the Tropics".

         – Abbott and Costello were among the most popular and highest-paid stars in the world.

1950 – They brought their comedy to live television on the "Colgate Comedy Hour".

1957 – Abbott and Costello parted ways in July.

1959 – His partner, Lou Costello died on the 3rd of March.

1960 – He attempted to begin performing again,with a new partner, Candy Candido.

1961 – He performed in a dramatic episode of General Electric Theater titled "The Joke’s On Me".

1942 – The couple adopted two children.

1974 – He suffered from epilepsy and died of cancer at the age of 78 on the 24th of April, in Woodland