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Bud Abbott

William Alexander Abbott aka Bud Abott (October 2, 1895-April 24, 1974) is a legendary American Actor, producer and comedian from Asbury Park, New Jersey.

Abbott is best known as half of the comedy team of Abbott and Costello, with Lou Costello.

Abbott, whose mother was a bareback rider for the Ringling Bothers Circus, dropped out of school as a child in 1909, and began working in carnivals. Abbott eventually started working in theaters around the county, eventually becoming the manager for the Nation Theater in detroit. While at the National Theater, Abbott began performing on stage as straight man to vaudeville performers like Harry Steepe and Harry Evanson.

Abbott met Costello in 1931 while working as a cashier at the Brooklyn theater, when he was asked to fill in for costello's straight man, who was ill. Throughout the 1930s, Abbott and Costello began performing together in burlesque shows, minstrel shows, vaudeville and movie houses.

At Costello's request, all profits earned from the act were split 60/40, favoring Abbott, because, according to Costello, "comics are a dime a dozen. Good straight men are hard to find."

In 1938 they received national exposure for the first time by performing on the Kate Smith Hour radio show, which lead to the duo signing with Universal the following year. Abbot and Costello released their first film in 1940 entitled, One Night in the Tropics. Although Abbott and Costello were only filling supporting roles in the film, they stole the film with their classic routing Who's On First?. (Abbott and Costello are the only two non-baseball players honored in the Baseball Hall of Fame museum in Cooperstown, New York, because of their legendary Who's On First? routine.)

Within a couple of years, the comedy team had also their own television and radio shows.

Abbott and Costello split up in 1957, after troubles with the Internal Revenue Service that left both men broke.

Abbott attempted to begin performing again in the 1960s, with a new partner, Candy Candido, but their efforts were not successful.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Bud Abbott Facts

Birth NameWilliam A. Abbott
BirthdayOctober 2, 1896
BirthplaceAsbury Park, New Jersey, USA
Date of deathApril 24, 1974 (age 77)
Height5' 8" (1m73)  How tall is Bud Abbott compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Dracula: Complete Legacy Collection
The Mummy: Complete Legacy Collection
Abbott and Costello Meet the Monsters Collection
Frankenstein: Complete Legacy Collection
The Wolf Man: Complete Legacy Collection
Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
Jack And The Beanstalk
The Best of Abbott & Costello, Vol. 2
Africa Screams
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