Talk:Lou Costello

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"Frank Costello" section[edit]

I'm removing the note noting that Lou Costello was unrelated to Frank Costello the mobster. That is unnecessary as "Costello" was not Lou's birth name. I've also placed an unsourced tag on this article.--Silverscreen 20:36, 26 January 2007 (UTC)


He died awful young does anyone know if smoking or drinking contributed

  • Unknown, but he did suffer as a younger man from rheumatic fever, a bacterial infection that in his case damaged the valves of his heart. This wasn't an uncommon cause of death in the old days. Whether that or his weight caused his death is unknown - at that point in time, any cardiac-related death could be classified as "heart attack", whether it was really a myocardial infarction or not. --NellieBly (talk) 06:26, 29 July 2009 (UTC)


What about the TV show (with Bud) that I grew up watching in reruns. Lou and Bud were bachelors sharing an apartment in a building owned by Sidney Fields (referenced much later by the great Jerry Seinfeld in an episode about an elderly man), and also had the regularly recurring characters of Hillary Brooks, Mike the Cop and Stinky(who was played by Curly Joe of the 3 Stooges). I would call it situational sketch comedy, acknowledging the audience at the beginning and end of the show. Does anybody have a recollection of this show, and any information about when it aired, etc?

There is a page for the TV show at The Abbott and Costello Show. Donaldd23 (talk) 01:15, 23 August 2008 (UTC)

Yes I clearly remember the show and the charactors you mention. It consisted of many of their old routines (which happended to be new routines to those of us that were kids.) I liked the show very much. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:48, 9 July 2009 (UTC)

I always believed that the openings and closings were archival footage from their The Colgate Comedy Hour shows. My favorite routine was the one where Abbott asks Lou when the girl born at the same time that a man is 7 will catch up to him in age using the mathematical routine of: she is born and he is 7, when he is 14 she is half his age, when he is 21 she is 2/3rds his age, etc. The write it on the wall in the apartment building and are caught in the act by the owner/landlord Sidney Fields Mister Blimp (talk) 22:29, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

First break-up?[edit]

I read that Bud & Lou actually broke up once around 1945, and that the films "Little Giant" and "Time of Their Lives" reflected their still-strained relationship after reuniting. (talk) 23:41, 12 May 2010 (UTC)

I'm not sure that's entirely correct. They did have a highly-publicized rift in 1945, but I think that had been healed by the time they made the two movies you mentioned. I think I read that they made these movies because they wanted to experiment with a new kind of comedy. Of course, that may have just been cover-up for a continued rift. (talk) 16:03, 10 October 2011 (UTC)

The Utube video of the television program "This is your life' from 1956 (link --> <--) interviews Lou (Cristello) Costello and recounts his life from his school days as the "free throw king of New Jersey" with the "Armory 5" thru 1956. Lou and Bud both speak about this breakup in 1945 and the cause(s) behind it and how they resolved their differences — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:41, 26 January 2013 (UTC)

Lou Costello Junior Youth Foundation[edit]

I would like to add the following to the main page:

In a July 1949 Radio and Television Mirror article William Tusher covered the Lou Costello Junior Youth Foundation controversy. Lou had established the foundation soon after his son’s death. Most people believed that he started it because of the death but in Tusher’s article he claims that Lou had been working on the plans during his sickness and recuperation. Tusher’s article was in answer to the rumors being spread at the time that Costello’s involvement was strictly self-promotional and a “cheap publicity stunt”.

Costello self funded the foundation for two years before his personal financial situation started to have issues at which time many others approached him to take over the program. But Costello was concerned that the operation, name and principles of the foundation might not be changed. Luckily Abbott and Costello landed their TV deal just in time and he vowed to continue to fund the foundation.


Mister Blimp (talk) 22:22, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

Broken link in References[edit]

The existing link to "This is Your Life" 1956 is broken. The proper link is _ a very interesting video which adds additional infromation not contained in the Wiki bio. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:32, 26 January 2013 (UTC)