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Louis Francis Costello

Born: 1906 AD
Died: 1959 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Comedians

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.