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In the Navy - Admiral Lou Costello

Lou Costello biography

Lou Costello (March 6, 1906 – March 3, 1959)

Lou Costello, the man who would ask the eternal question, Who’s on First?, was born as Louis Francis Cristillo on March 6, 1906.  He grew up in his hometown of  Patterson, New Jersey, which he mentioned in virtually every movie and television episode that he appeared in. After high school, he had been bitten by the entertainer bug, and worked as a carpenter at both MGM and Warner Brothers movie studios in an attempt to break into show business

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Bud Abbott - breaking through a drum in Rio Rita

Bud Abbott biography

William Alexander Abbot, aka. Bud Abbott (October 2, 1895 – April 24, 1974)

Some people are said to have show business in their blood – in  Bud Abbott’s case, it’s almost literally true.  Abbott’s mother was a bareback rider for the Ringling Brothers Circus. And his father worked as an advance man for the same circus. Bud Abbot was born and raised in Asbury Park, New Jersey, and was smitten with the performing bug at an early age. He dropped out of school at the age of 14 and began working in carnivals. Later he began working in theaters across the country, eventually becoming the manager of the Nation Theater in Detroit. While there, Abbott began performing on stage as straight man to vaudeville performers. This led to a chance encounter that changed his life.

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