Pat Costello, Writer, Producer and Brother of Lou Costello, Dead at 87
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Pat Costello, writer and producer of television’s ″Abbott & Costello Show″ and brother of the late comedian Lou Costello, has died. He was 87.
Costello died at his suburban Encino home Thursday of heart failure, his wife said Tuesday.
Born on Dec. 10, 1902, in Paterson, N.J., Anthony S. Cristillo served with the Navy in World War I before starting his entertainment career under the name Pat Costello in New York City.
He played saxophone for band leader Paul Whiteman, then returned to Paterson with his own 10-piece band, Pat Costello’s Gondoliers, and a theme song called ″Neapolitan Nights.″
When Lou Costello and Bud Abbott moved to California in 1939 to make their first major film, ″Buck Privates,″ he went along to work as a stunt double for his younger brother.
During the 1940s, he wrote for ″The Camel Show,″ a weekly NBC radio program starring the popular comedy team. He later wrote and produced the ″Abbott & Costello Show″ for television in 1951 and 1952.
He retired from the entertainment business after his brother’s death in 1959.
In addition to his wife, Marty, he is survived by a daughter, Susan Dowding, of Los Angeles.