1877 - 1950 (73 years)
Has no ancestors but 7 descendants in this family tree.
||Maurice Costello |
||22 Feb 1877
||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
||28 Oct 1950
||Hollywood, California, USA
||2 Apr 2002 |
||Mae Altshuk, b. 1884, d. 1929 (Age 45 years) |
| ||1. Helene Costello, b. 21 Jun 1902, New York, NY, USA , d. 26 Jan 1957, Los Angeles, California, USA (Age 54 years)|
| ||2. Dolores Costello, b. 17 Sep 1903, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA , d. 1 Mar 1979, Fallbrook, California, USA (Age 75 years)|
||2 Apr 2002 |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
- 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.