Lou Albano Biography
(Italian-American Professional Wrestler)
Birthday: July 29, 1933 (Leo)
Born In: Rome, Italy
Louis Vincent "Lou" Albano was an Italian American professional wrestler, manager, and actor, who was prominently affiliated with World Wrestling Federation (WWF/E). Regarded as one of the earliest superstars of the industry, he had a moderately successful career as a professional wrestler before becoming a manager. As a youth, he was athletically gifted, competing in track and field events as well as leading his school football team to numerous victories. He then joined the United States Army but due to the injuries obtained in the football field, he was honourably discharged after eight months. Trying to figure out what to do next, Albano harboured boxing aspirations for a short while. However, he eventually took up wrestling. He debuted in the professional circuit in 1952 and would be active for the next 17 years. Despite being an average wrestler, it was quite apparent that he was an entertaining speaker. In 1969, he began the second phase of his professional wrestling career as a manager. One of the three managers collectively known as the “Triumvirate of Terror”, Albano’s “clientele” included 15 tag teams and four singles champions. Considered to be the forefather of the 1980s’ Rock 'n' Wrestling Connection for his elongated beard, rubber band facial piercings, and loud outfits, he played a pivotal role in mainstream audiences’ embracing professional wrestling. In his later years, Albino became a successful actor, playing numerous memorable roles in both films and television shows.