Biography of Bud Abbot (1896-1974)

Actor of theatre and cinema American, born in Asbury Park (New Jersey) on October 2, 1896 and died in Woodland Hills (California) on April 24, 1974, which was real name William Alexander Abbott.


He was the friend of Costello in all stories which starred together. He/She tried to always cause the most ridiculous situations for his cast mate, gags that found an important echo in the American spectators. They were, in the distance, the followers of the stories of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, but they could never make them shadow.

Abbott lived from very small world of the show while their parents worked in a circus. He/She served all kinds of trades in varieties both Theatre until he/she managed to reach Broadway and way beside another comic called Lou Costello. As a couple they enjoyed a remarkable success that soon moved to film and radio, half this where he/she had his own shows, first in the string ABC (1941-46), then in the NBC (1946-49).

His film career began by Costello with one night in the Tropics (1940), Edward A. Sutherland. Turned out a couple of highly effective on-screen since they faced not only a physical (Abbott, was thin; Costello, FAT) but, also, a distinctly (Abbott, was always surly and HUSTLER; Costello was the fool who is not learned nothing). They were more blockbuster faces during some years of the 1940s, period in which intervened in several films until, at the end of the 1950s, Costello, the actor who actually said the effectiveness of the couple dies.

Among the directors who were behind the camera on several occasions include Arthur Lubin (recruits and hold that Ghost, 1941), Charles T. Barton (the ghost flees, 1946; Conscripts return home, 1947) and, especially, Charles Lamont (Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion, 1950). At the beginning of the 1950s they had their own television show.

They sought to combine the formula of Laurel and Hardy, of the school of Mack Sennett and the contributions of other many great comedians that preceded it, without getting to overcome the mere and simple humour, with simple gags that brushed the absolute vulgarity. They dealt with all kinds of stories and got into the most varied scenarios (precisely intervened in several movies for Universal where he/she had as fellow cast to the Gallery of monsters of the study). In Europe they did not achieve as much impact as that obtained in their country.

Was Bud, that was never raised to work solo, difficult to find a new partner to continue working. For this reason, after Costello's death he/she decided to leave the profession. A cancer ended her life 15 years later.


1940: Night in the tropics. 1941: Hold on that ghost; Recruits; In the Navy; Birds of account; Pictures People; Meet the People. 1942: Rio Rita; Who Done It?; Pardon My Sarong; Gallop, boy. 1943: Gunmen without gun; It Ain ' t there. 1944: Lost in a Harem; In Society. 1945: Here Come the co-eds; Abbott and Costello in Hollywood; The Naughty Nineties. 1946: The small fenomemo; The ghost flees. 1947: Recruits returning home; The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap. 1948: Against ghosts; The Noose Hangs High; Mexican Hayride. 1949: The King mullet mines; Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff. 1950: Abbott and Costello in the Foreing Legion. 1951: Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Mann; Comin' Round the Mountain. 1952: Jack and the Beans talk; Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd; Lost in Alaska. 1953: Abbott and Costello Go to Mars; Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. 1955: Abbott and Costello against the cops; Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy. 1956: dance With Me, Henry. 1965: The World of Abbott and Costello.

Works for television:

1951: The colgate Comedy Hour (series). 1952: The Abbott and Costello Show. 1966: The Abbott and Costello Show (series; voice only).