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Bud Abbott

Bud Abbott

1940: He made his film debut in One Night in the Tropics (1940), which was also his first film pairing with his partner Lou Costello. It wasn't Costello's film debut, however, as he had been in several movies in the late 1920s as an extra and stuntman before he teamed up with Abbott.

1942: His salary was $393,314, making him one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood.

1960: He tried to form a new duo, this time with veteran comic/instrumentalist Candy Candido. Abbott quipped during an interview that he and Candy would star in "Space Privates", a futuristic version of his and Lou Costello's Buck Privates (1941) classic. "Space Privates" never materialized and the teaming was short-lived. They weren't attracting an audience, and Abbott was forced to leave after experiencing an epileptic attack while traveling to one of their personal appearances.

A lifelong epileptic, he died of prostate cancer following two strokes.

Abbott and Costello are known in Italy as "Gianni and Pinotto", Abbott being Gianni and Costello being Pinotto.



An avid gun collector, he once owned one of Adolf Hitler's shotguns and some of Tom Mix's pearl-handled pistols.

At Lou Costello's insistance, the monies earned from the their act were split 60/40, favoring Abbott. Costello's reasoning was that "comics are a dime a dozen. Good straight men are hard to find."

Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith; pg. 1-3. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387

Father of actor Bud Abbott Jr.

He and his professional partner Lou Costello were nominated for the 2007 inaugural New Jersey Hall of Fame for their services to entertainment.

He and his professional partner, Lou Costello, were elected into the 2008 New Jersey Hall of Fame for their services to arts and entertainment.

He has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio (6333 Hollywood Boulevard); Motion Pictures (1611 Vine Street) and Television (6740 Hollywood Boulevard); in Hollywood, California.

He was cremated and his ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean

He wore a front toupee for many of his early films.

His father, Harry, was a publicity advance man for Barnum and Bailey Circus.

His mother was a bareback rider for the Ringling Bothers Circus.

His twin sister, Olive Victoria Abbott, was also in vaudeville and lived to be 101 years old, dying on 8/8/1997.

March 1959: When his former partner Lou Costello died, a nationally run news photo showed him reading a newspaper article covering his former partner's death.

Pictured on one of five 29¢ US commemorative postage stamps celebrating famous comedians, issued in booklet form 29 August 1991. He is shown with his partner Lou Costello. The stamp designs were drawn by caricaturist Al Hirschfeld. The other comedians honored in the set are Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy; Edgar Bergen (with alter ego Charlie McCarthy); Jack Benny; and Fanny Brice.

September, 2003: Montclair State University in New Jersey dedicated a building in their new residence hall complex as "Abbott and Costello Center", after Bud and his partner Lou Costello.

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