Lou Costello, the roly-poly comic whose heart was as big as his girth, died yesterday afternoon of a heart attack in Doctors Hospital, Beverly Hills, three days before his 53rd birthday. He had been confined to the hospital since last Wednesday when he collapsed at his apartment, Ethel Ave. With him at the time of his death was one of three private nurses who maintained a constant watch on the comic.
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Abbott and Costello were an American comedy duo composed of comedians Bud Abbott and Lou Costello , whose work on radio and in film and television made them the most popular comedy team of the s and early s and the highest-paid entertainers in the world during World War II. Their patter routine " Who's on First? The partnership ended soon afterwards. While they had crossed paths a few times previously, the two comedians first worked together in at the Eltinge Burlesque Theater on 42nd Street in New York City,  which is now the lobby of an AMC Theatres movie complex. Their first performance resulted from Costello's regular partner becoming ill. Other performers in the show, including Abbott's wife, encouraged a permanent pairing.
Abbott and Costello , American comedic duo who performed onstage, in films, and on radio and television. Bud Abbott original name William Alexander Abbott; b. March 6, , Paterson , New Jersey, U. March 3, , East Los Angeles , California specialized in rapid-fire patter and knockabout slapstick , and they are regarded as the archetypal team of burlesque comedy. Abbott was born into a circus family, and he managed burlesque houses before he met Costello. He spent much time backstage studying the top American comics of the day, including W. He spent the next decade perfecting his talents as a straight man and working with a number of partners that included his wife, Betty. As a young man, Costello greatly admired Charlie Chaplin. In he moved to Hollywood , where he worked as a stuntman; after an injury he quit stunt work to perform in New York burlesque. Although he had never worked onstage before, he quickly became one of the top burlesque comics and learned the hundreds of standard comedy routines of the circuit.