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Who was Lou Costello? What caused his death? Know about his wife, family and career details

American actor and comedian Lou Costello died on March 3, 1959 at aged 52.

Lou Costello was born in Patterson, New Jersey in March 1906. He was best known for being one half of the comedy doubt act of Abbott and Costello along with Bud Abbott.

Costello acted for radio, television, film, and theater. He was the bumbling character while Abbott played the straight man.

Lou Costello net worth
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Lou Costello cause of death

Lou Costello died after suffering a heart attack on March 3, 1959, three days before his 53rd birthday.

After a funeral Mass at his Catholic parish, St. Francis de Sales in Sherman Oaks, Costello was interred at the Calvary Cemetery in East Los Angeles on March 8.

Lou Costello career details

Lou Costello starred in several films including One Night in teh Tropics, Buck Privates, In the Navy, Ride ‘Em Cowboy, Who Done It?, It Ain’t Hay, Here Come the Co-Eds, Abbott and Costello in Hollywood, Little Giant, The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap, The Noose Hangs High, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Jack and the Beanstalk, and more.

He starred in TV series including The Colgate Comedy Hour and The Abbott and Costello Show. Costello received three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Picture, Television, and Radio.

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Lou Costello family tree

Lou Costello family tree

On January 30, 1934, Costello married Anne Battler, a burlesque chorus dancer. Their first child, Patricia “Paddy” Costello, was born in 1936, followed by Carole on December 23, 1938, and Lou Jr. (nicknamed “Butch”) on November 6, 1942, who died in a drowning incident a year later. On August 15, 1947, their last child Christine was born.

Costello’s older brother Pat Costello was a musician who led his own band before moving to Hollywood, where he was enlisted to perform stunts in Lou’s place in the first ten Abbott and Costello films. He later appeared in a supporting role in Mexican Hayride (1948).

Costello’s sister Marie Katherine Cristillo (1912–1988) was married to actor Joe Kirk (Nat Curcuruto), who portrayed Mr. Bacciagalupe on the Abbott and Costello radio and television shows  and appeared in supporting roles in several of the team’s films.

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