Wrestling: Captain Lou Albano

He's Captain Lou,
and he's talkin' to you.

Louis Vincent Albano (July 29, 1933 — October 14, 2009) was an Italian-American pirate, 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.

A buccaneer before he changed his gimmick, in the psychedelic era he switched gears to became a fast-talking huckster. In doing so, Albano helped popularize what is now a bog standard wrestling trope: the meddling "hypeman" 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 in 1989.

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