Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Art-For-Art’s-Sake Theatre: NRBQ and “Captain Lou”

It's a little early for our usual midday Wednesday feature. Nevertheless ...

Remember that gnarly bearded guy who played the big daddy-oh in Cyndi Lauper's video the other day? Well, yours truly recognized him right away. That was “Captain Lou” Albano. He started out as a professional wrestler in 1953, at a time when "big time wrestling" was a big time chunk of early television programming (facing stiff competition from pro bowling, if memory serves). In fact, it was Lauper herself who teamed up with Albano in bringing professional wrestling to mainstream audiences, resulting in the "WWE Raw" craze of the present day.

Albano retired from active performing in 1969 and turned to the managerial side, also trying his hand at acting. He died in his sleep of a heart attack in 2009, at the age of 76.

Rest in peace, Captain Lou.

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