Maurice  Costello

Maurice Costello

Male 1877 - 1950  (73 years)    Has no ancestors but 7 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Maurice Costello 
    Relationshipwith Adam
    Born 22 Feb 1877  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 28 Oct 1950  Hollywood, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I372808  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2002 

    Family 1 Mae Altshuk,   b. 1884,   d. 1929  (Age 45 years) 
    Married 1902 
    Divorced 1927 
    Children 
     1. Helene Costello,   b. 21 Jun 1902, New York, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jan 1957, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
     2. Dolores Costello,   b. 17 Sep 1903, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1979, Fallbrook, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2002 
    Family ID F147757  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Ruth Reeves 
    Married 1939 
    Divorced 1941 
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2002 
    Family ID F147761  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • began his film career in 1908. He would become soon become the most popular matinee idol of his day. He gave Dolores and her sister Helene their screen debut in 1911.

      (1909) Discovered Moe Howard, later of the Three Stooges. Twelve-year-old Moe, who was hoping to get into movies, would hang around the American Vitagraph studio and run errands for the actors and crew. Costello was impressed with Moe because he didn't charge extra to run errands. He invited Moe into the studio. Moe, under the name Harry Howard, appeared in several Vitagraph dramas and comedies that summer.
      In the early days of movie making, everybody on the set (actors, directors, writers, cameramen, lighting crews, grips, etc.) was expected to build sets and paint scenery. Costello was the first actor to get away with refusing this duty. He claimed that he was hired as an actor and nothing else. He often sat in a chair, reading a newspaper and drinking coffee while the others did set work.
      In 1939 he sued his daughters Dolores and Helene for support.


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