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Bud Abbott

Bud Abbott

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William Alexander “Bud” Abbott was born on the 2nd of October, 1895.

Best remembered as the straight man of the comedy team of Abbott and Costello, he made a series of comedy horrors in which, with his partner Lou Costello, he met up with some of the classic Universal Monsters, including Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948), which also starred Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr and Glenn Strange.

Bud Abbott suffered from epilepsy throughout his life, and in the early 1960s he suffered the first in a series of strokes. He broke his hip badly in 1972, but eventually succumbed to cancer on the 24th of April, 1974 at the age of 78, at his home in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles.

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    George Schmidt
    April 25, 2017

    “Bud Abbott is the greatest straight man who ever lived!” — Groucho Marx
    Definitely
    Abbott & Costello are my all-time fave entertainers and comedians. I grew up on all their films (I was raised and still live in NJ- at the time 2 TV stations ran their films on Sundays overlapping – WPIX Ch. 11 NYC and WSBK Ch. 48 Philadelphia and remember this was before VHS/DVR/etc. and the rare times they would broadcast the same film was like hitting the lottery – using the remote and flipping back and forth to see where each film was in the midst of (there was a 1/2 hour gap of the simultaneous airings). I loved all their films and their TV series (even their Hanna-Barbera cartoon show!) but the best was of course MEET FRANKENSTEIN; a film I’ve easily seen nearly a hundred times (several on the big screen and I own all their DVDs). God Bless Bud (and Lou)