Louis Francis Cristillo (March 6, 1906 – March 3, 1959), professionally known as Lou Costello, was an American actor, best known for his film comedy double act with straight man Bud Abbott and their comedy routine "Who's on First?"
The comedians, who teamed up in burlesque in 1936, were among the most popular and highest-paid entertainers in the world during World War II. In 1942 they sold $85 million in war bonds in 35 days. By 1955 their popularity waned due to overexposure and their film and television contracts lapsed. The partnership ended soon afterwards.
Birth and Death Data: Born March 6th, 1906 (Paterson), Died March 3rd, 1959 (Los Angeles)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1941 - 1952
Roles Represented in DAHR: speaker, songwriter
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||PBS-061962||10-in.||12/8/1941||Laugh, laugh, laugh||Bud Abbott ; Lou Bring ; Lou Costello ; Sportsmen Quartet||Comic dialogue and male vocal quartet, with orchestra||speaker, songwriter|
|Victor||PBS-061963||10-in.||12/8/1941||Laugh, laugh, laugh||Bud Abbott ; Lou Bring ; Lou Costello ; Sportsmen Quartet||Comic dialogue and male vocal quartet, with orchestra||speaker, songwriter|
|Decca||DLA 2358||10-in.||1/6/1941||(Special test)||Bud Abbott ; Lou Costello||speaker|
|Decca||L 6693||3/27/1952||Jack and the beanstalk, part 1||Bud Abbott ; Lou Costello||speaker|
|Decca||L 6694||3/27/1952||Jack and the beanstalk, part 2||Bud Abbott ; Lou Costello||speaker|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Costello, Lou," accessed July 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101938.
Costello, Lou. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/101938.
"Costello, Lou." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 25 July 2021.
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