On This Day

Lou Costello

Comedian and Actor Lou Costello

Profession: Comedian and Actor

United States of America

Why Famous: Lou Costello started his career in burlesque and vaudeville theatre where he met his comedic partner Bud Abbott. Costello was the funny man for Abbott's straight performance. The two worked theatre until being talent spotted and given roles on the radio show "The Kate Smith Hour" in 1938.

The duo's first role in film was "A Night in the Tropics" (1940) and was so well received that they were given starring roles thereafter. During their heyday they were one of Hollywood's most successful act. They also had the radio show "The Abbott and Costello" which ran from 1942-1949.

After a sometimes fractious working relationship Costello parted ways with Abbot in 1957 and dies of a Heart Attack in 1959. Their most famous comedy routine is "Who's on first".

Born: March 6, 1906
Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Pisces

Died: March 3, 1959 (aged 52)

Married Life

  • 1934-01-30 Actor and comedian Lou Costello marries burlesque dancer Anne Battler

Historical Events

  • 1940-10-30 Film premiere of "One Night in the Tropics" first film for Abbott and Costello Paterson New Jersey.
  • 1942-10-08 Comedy duo Abbott and Costello launch their weekly radio show
  • 1945-07-06 Abbott and Costello's film "The Naughty Nineties" released featuring longest version of their "Who's on First" routine