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Don Costello

Don Costello

American stage actor Don Costello was brought to films via an MGM contract in 1939. A valuable screen menace, Costello played such steely-eyed toughies as "Noose" in Red Skelton's Whistling in the Dark (1941). He moved to 20th Century-Fox in 1942, where among other things he was seen as the elderly--but no less criminally inclined--Doc Lake in Laurel and Hardy's A-Haunting We Will Go (1942). Perhaps his frequent association with comedians enabled his screen characters to develop a sense of humor, albeit a wicked one. In the Republic "Red Ryder" western The Great Stagecoach Robbery (1945), he scores several solid laughs as an outlaw leader posing as a schoolteacher, assuring an anxious mother that he'll learn to love her children, then muttering "If they live that long...." Don Costello died suddenly at the age of 44; his last appearance was in the Alan Ladd thriller The Blue Dahlia (1946). ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide


Don Costello Trivia

Who did Don Costello portray in Tarzan and the Green Goddess?
Don Costello was Raglan in Tarzan and the Green Goddess

Who did Don Costello portray in A Lady Takes a Chance?
Don Costello was Drunk in A Lady Takes a Chance

What role did Don Costello play in Here Comes Mr. Jordan?
Don Costello played Lefty in Here Comes Mr. Jordan

Who did Don Costello portray in Along Came Jones?
Don Costello was Leo Gledhill in Along Came Jones

Who did Don Costello portray in Air Raid Wardens?
Don Costello was Heydrich in Air Raid Wardens


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