Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Farewell Captain Lou

I am preparing a fun group interview about the definition of Horror to celebrate Halloween, but will post that tomorrow. Today PopLitiko saw the sad news that Captain Lou Albano died. He was a wrestler, manager, actor, and personality that saw popular culture and wrestling meet. It is only appropriate that a site like PopLitiko remembers him, today, for he exemplifies the fact that more and more, our mediums mix, and what used to be low brow or high brow entertainment, no longer has false walls to divide them.

full Wikipedia entry

“Louis Vincent Albano (July 29, 1933 - October 14, 2009), better known by his ring name Captain Lou Albano, was an American professional wrestler, manager and actor. With an over-the-top personality and a penchant for boisterous declarations, Albano was the epitome of the antagonistic manager that raised the ire of wrestlers and incited the anger of spectators. Throughout his forty-two-year career, Albano guided 15 different tag teams and 4 singles competitors to championship gold. A unique showman, with an elongated beard, rubber band facial piercings, and loud outfits, he was the forefather of the 1980s Rock 'n' Wrestling Connection. Collaborating with Cyndi Lauper, Albano helped usher in wrestling's crossover success with a mainstream audience. Capitalizing on his success, he later ventured into Hollywood with various television, film, and music projects.”


alex-ness said...

so I posted the interview today instead, read that too.

Steve Chaput said...

My friend Vinnie met Captain Lou several times and had nothing but nice things to say about him. His 'stage' persona was much different from the real Lou. The guy was an entertainer and some people could not and cannot seperate the two.

alex-ness said...

the few wrestlers that I've met were all great in person. And as big physically as on screen.