Birth Name: Lou Costello
Birth Place: Paterson, New Jersey, USA
Death Place: Beverly Hills, California, USA
Born Louis Francis Cristillo on March 6, 1906 in Paterson, NJ to parents Helen and Sebastian Cristillo, "Lou," although a precocious prankster at a young age, initially focused on athletics. Despite his lack of height, he was an accomplished basketball player, known for his skill at the free throw, as well as a formidable boxer. Sometime after graduating high school, he accepted the fact that a sports as a career was not in the cards for him and changed his goals accordingly. Having recently christened himself with the stage name "Lou Costello," he arrived in Hollywood in 1927 with little money and no place to live. There was a modicum of work to be had, which included stints as an extra in ...
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