Wrestling: Captain Lou Albano
He's Captain Lou, Louis Vincent Albano
and he's talkin' to you.
(July 29, 1933 — October 14, 2009) was an Italian
plumber, dance choreographer
, father to Cyndi Lauper
, and professional wrestler
best known for his WWE
appearances between the 1960s and 1990s as Captain Lou Albano.
He debuted as a wrestler in 1953 and competed in Chicago and Los Angeles before making his home in the then-WWF. He moved into the role of manager in 1970 and was one of the era's "Triumvirate of Terror" with "Classy" Freddie Blassie
and the Grand Wizard. He worked as a Heel
for over a decade, until "Rowdy" Roddy Piper
smashed Cyndi Lauper's gold record over Albano's head. From that point on, Albano was a Face
and would remain one for the rest of his career.
His fast-talking huckster popularized what is now a bog standard wrestling trope: the intensely-irritating "manager" who leaves a slime trail wherever he goes. He managed a great many teams to the WWE World Tag Team Titles
, including Mr Fuji
's teams with Professor Toru Tanaka and Mr. Saito, the Wild Samoans, The Moondogs
, The Blackjacks
, the U.S. Express (Barry Windham
and Mike Rotunda
), the British Bulldogs (Dynamite Kid
and Davey Boy Smith
) and the Headshrinkers. He retired in 1995. He was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter
Hall of Fame in 2012. He was a 1x WWWF United States Tag Team Champion
with Tony Altimore as the Sicilians in 1967.
Outside the wrestling world, he's best known for playing Marionote
on The Super Mario Bros. Super Show
As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki
"These tropes are often imitated, never duplicated":
- Autobiography: 2008's Often Imitated, Never Duplicated
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996.
- Badass Grandpa
- Beard of Evil -> Badass Beard
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: "Dr. Papoofnick said I could be helped!"
- Collegiate American Football: At the University of Tennessee.
- Early Installment Weirdness: He started as a Pretty Boy babyface named "Leapin' Lou Albano."
- Fat Bastard: As a heel.
- Big Fun: As a face.
- He retired in 1986 and came back to co-manage the face-turned Headshrinkers with Afa in 1994, and had dropped a lot of weight during those 8 years.
- Game Show Appearance: On The Hollywood Squares.
- Iconic Item: The hardcore-looking rubber band piercings he used to wear all the time.
- Jerkass: As a heel.
- Large Ham: One of his greatest assets as a manager, since he could bring out a wrestler with little to no charisma or mic skills and Albano could put him over on the mic as an all-time great.
- The Mafia: This was the original gimmick of his Tag Team the Sicilians with Tony Altimore, until the real thing got word of it and told them not to do it.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor/Real Life Writes the Plot: His face turn was mostly due to the fact that he had become very involved in charity work, including several high-profile events. Since this was in the era where Kayfabe could never be broken, he had to become a good guy because a Heel wouldn't be involved in charity
- Motor Mouth: To Cloudcuckoolander/Talkative Loon levels, as he would make up names of nonexistent people and go off on random tangents.
- Pirate: He briefly used this gimmick.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: He suffered a non-wrestling injury and used the scar as a way to turn himself heel.
- Red Baron: "The Guiding Light"
- Redemption Promotion: While he was always a very successful manager, his face turn helped raise his profile a lot.
- Religious Bruiser: He was a Catholic and was even baptized at the Vatican.
- Sitcom: As Himself on the 1990 Hey Dude episode "Killer Ernst" and as "Gus" on 227.
- Talk Show with Fists: "Captain Lou's Corner," in Herb Abrams' UWF.
- Terrible Trio: Along with his fellow managers Freddie Blassie and the Grand Wizard.
"Until next time everybody, Do The Mario!!"