Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wrestling Legend, Captain Lou Albano, Passes

The Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum is saddened by the news of "Captain" Lou Albano's passing, and we send our deepest condolences to his wife, Geri, four children and fourteen grandchildren. Albano, whose real name was Louis Vincent Albano, died of natural causes at the age of 76. "Captain" Lou became one of the most recognizable personalities in modern professional wrestling, and he leaves behind a legacy of nearly fifty years in the business. Although he first entered wrestling in 1953, Albano gained widespread fame in the 1980s after playing the role of Cyndi Lauper's father in her music video for "Girls Just Want to Have Fun." While remaining active and incredibly popular in wrestling, Albano continued to find success outside the ring, reaching a whole new generation in the role of "Mario" in the hit "Super Mario Brothers Super Show" from 1989 to 1991. Albano was inducted into the PWHF in 2009.

The PWHF invites fans to share their memories of "Captain" Lou Albano on our blog, Facebook page and through Twitter.


  1. You were a part of the 1st match I ever saw back in 1972. It was you and the Spoiler Don Jardine vs Chief Jay Strongbow and Sonny King. Right from there I was hooked. Watching you every Saturday morning on WWWF wrestling was a childhood that I wish I could have again. Capt Lou...Thank you for all of the years of memories you created.
    In your own words...Often imitated but never duplicated! There will never be another Captain Lou Albano.
    ~ Jay DeChellis, Weymouth, Massachusetts

  2. Captain Lou will be greatly missed. I also have fond memories of watching WWWF on TV in Massachusetts when I was a kid. Reliving those memories on YouTube is great, another great performer gone to the squared circle in the sky! RIP Lou!
    ~ D. Hartnett - New Hampshire