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Also Known As: William Alexander Abbott, [Bud] Abbott Died: April 24, 1974
Born: October 2, 1898 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA Profession: comedian, vaudevillian, box office clerk, sailor

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The leaner, meaner, faster-talking half of one of America's greatest comedic duos, Bud Abbott, along with his partner Lou Costello, was one of Hollywood's biggest stars throughout the 1940s and 1950s. Born into a show business family, Abbott already had years of experience as a show producer, promoter and performer by the time he teamed up with fellow vaudevillian Costello in the mid-1930s. Growing recognition on the stages of New York eventually led to a guest stint on a popular national radio program, followed by their first film as a team, "One Night in the Tropics" (1940). With the massive success of their sophomore effort, "Buck Privates" (1941), Abbott and his cohort became two of the biggest movie stars of the wartime era. More hit films like "Pardon My Sarong" (1942), "In Society" (1944) and "The Naughty Nineties" (1945), combined with popular radio appearances on their own program and others like "The Kate Smith Show" - which first broadcast their famous "Who's on First?" routine - kept them at the top of the entertainment heap, despite critics' dismissal of their oeuvre as being decidedly lowbrow. The comedy-monster mash-up "Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein" (1948) marked not only the...

The leaner, meaner, faster-talking half of one of America's greatest comedic duos, Bud Abbott, along with his partner Lou Costello, was one of Hollywood's biggest stars throughout the 1940s and 1950s. Born into a show business family, Abbott already had years of experience as a show producer, promoter and performer by the time he teamed up with fellow vaudevillian Costello in the mid-1930s. Growing recognition on the stages of New York eventually led to a guest stint on a popular national radio program, followed by their first film as a team, "One Night in the Tropics" (1940). With the massive success of their sophomore effort, "Buck Privates" (1941), Abbott and his cohort became two of the biggest movie stars of the wartime era. More hit films like "Pardon My Sarong" (1942), "In Society" (1944) and "The Naughty Nineties" (1945), combined with popular radio appearances on their own program and others like "The Kate Smith Show" - which first broadcast their famous "Who's on First?" routine - kept them at the top of the entertainment heap, despite critics' dismissal of their oeuvre as being decidedly lowbrow. The comedy-monster mash-up "Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein" (1948) marked not only the beginning of their repetitive "Abbot and Costello Meet " phase, but of their inevitable over-exposure and consequent slump in popularity. As the team's career deteriorated, so too did Abbott's relationship with Costello. The comedy "Dance with Me, Henry" (1956) marked their final film appearance together before the team split up in 1957 and Costello died in 1959. Semi-retired and in increasingly poor health, Abbott passed away at the age of 78 in 1974. One of the best at what he did and in the underappreciated position of comic foil, Bud Abbott was openly admired by Costello, who frequently insisted, "Comics are a dime a dozen, but good straight men are hard to find."

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Entertaining the Troops (1989) Himself
2.
 Dance with Me, Henry (1956) Bud Flick
3.
 Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955) Pete Patterson [Bud Abbott]
6.
7.
 Lost in Alaska (1952) Tom Watson
8.
 Jack and the Beanstalk (1952) Mr. Dinkel/Dinkelpuss
9.
 Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952) Rocky Stonebridge
10.
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Organized and toured burlesque circuit with "tab shows" (typically consisting of comic, straight man, pianist, chorus girls) in the 1920s
1931:
Teamed with Lou Costello in Brooklyn
1938:
First radio appearance as Abbott and Costello on Kate Smith's program
1939:
Broadway acting debut in revue, "Streets of Paris" alongside Carmen Miranda
1940:
Film debut with Costello in comic supporting roles in "One Night in the Tropics"
1940:
First starring roles for the duo, "Buck Privates", for Universal Studios
:
Abbott and Costello consistently voted among top ten boxoffice stars by motion picture exhibitors
1946:
Unsuccessfully attempted to work separately within the same film, "The Little Giant"
1948:
Flagging popularity revived with success of "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein"; film initiated a series of onscreen encounters with other monsters
:
Appeared in 52 episodes of half-hour TV series, "The Abbott and Costello Show", reprising most of their comic routines
1955:
Ended association with Universal after "Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy"
1956:
Their most famous comic routine, "Who's on First?" placed on permanent display in National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum in Cooperstown, NY, in the form of a gold record and a framed copy of the text
1956:
Last film, "Dance with Me, Henry"
1957:
Ended partnership with Costello
1959:
Death of Costello
1961:
Briefly revived some of old routines on stage with new partner, Candy Candido
1966:
Supplied voice for 156 5-minute Abbott and Costello cartoons made by Hanna-Barbera
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Notes

In 1944 the Treasury Department published earnings for the twelve-month period ending August 31, 1943: Universal paid Abbott and Costello $789,628.

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wife:
Betty Abbott.

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father:
Harry Abbott Sr. Advance man for Ringling Bros. circus.
sister:
Olive Victoria Abbott. Actor. Born in 1896; died on August 8, 1997 at age 101.
son:
Bud Abbott Jr. Film technician, actor, cameraman. Adopted son; died of heart attack on January 19, 1997 at age 57.

Bibliography close complete biography

"The Abbott and Costello Book"
"The Horror Spoofs of Abbott and Costello: A Critical Assessment of the Comedy Team's Monster Films" McFarland

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