Comedic actor, Lou Costello was born on March 6, 1906 in Patterson, New Jersey. He is best known as half of the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. In 1927, Costello went to Hollywood to become an actor and his athletic skill brought him occasional work as a stunt man. While working in vaudeville in the 1930s, Costello became acquainted with Bud Abbott. After working together sporadically, Abbott and Costello formally teamed up in 1936. They performed together in burlesque shows. In 1938 they received national exposure for the first time by becoming featured performers on The Kate Smith Hour, radio program. They were hugely successful, which ultimately led to their appearance in a Broadway play and signing with Universal Studios in 1940. The team's breakout picture was Buck Privates in 941. They immediately became the top-ranking comedy stars in Hollywood and fans looked forward to each of their pictures as a major event. Costello's child-like demeanor was strictly acting, and he aggressively battled with the more easy-going Abbott as well as the studio. The duo made 36 films between 1940 and 1956. They were among the most popular and highest-paid entertainers in the world during World War II. Abbott and Costello split up in July 1957, after troubles with the IRS forced both men to sell off their large homes and the rights to some of their films. Costello died of a heart attack in Beverly Hills on March 3, 1959, three days before his 53rd birthday. He is interred at the Calvary Cemetery in East Los Angeles, California.