Check is dated April 14, 1953. It is signed by owner Beldon R.
It is endorsed in ink Bud Abbott. William Alexander "Bud" Abbott (October 2, 1897 April 24, 1974) was an American actor, best known for his film comedy double act, as straight man to Lou Costello. Groucho Marx declared Abbott the greatest straight man ever. Abbott was born in Asbury Park, New Jersey on October 2, 1897 into a show business family.  His parents, Rae Fisher and Harry Abbott, had worked for the Barnum and Bailey Circus. When Bud was a child the family relocated to Harlem, then the Coney Island section of Brooklyn. Abbott dropped out of grammar school and began working summers with his father at Dreamland Park on Coney Island. When he was 15, Abbott signed on as a cabin boy on a Norwegian steamer but was soon forced to shovel coal. He would work his way back to the United States after one year. After his father became a longtime advance man for the Columbia Burlesque Wheel, Bud began working in the box office of the Casino Theater in Brooklyn.
 He spent the next few years in burlesque box offices, rising to treasurer. In 1918, while working in Washington, D. He met and married Jenny Mae Pratt, a burlesque dancer and comedian who performed as Betty Smith. They remained together until his death 55 years later. In 1923 Abbott produced a cut-rate vaudeville tab show called Broadway Flashes, which toured on the small-time Gus Sun circuit.
 Abbott began performing as a straight man in the show when he could no longer afford to pay one.  He continued producing and performing in burlesque shows on the Mutual Burlesque wheel, and as his reputation grew, he began working with veteran comedians like Harry Steppe and Harry Evanson.  Abbott suffered from epilepsy starting from about 1926.  In 1964, he suffered the first in a series of strokes.
 Career Lou Costello and Hollywood Abbott crossed paths with Lou Costello in the early 1930s when Abbott was producing and performing in Minsky's Burlesque shows and Costello was a rising comic. They first worked together in stock burlesque in 1935 at the Eltinge Theatre on 42nd Street, after an illness sidelined Costello's regular partner.  They formally teamed up in 1936, and went on to perform together in burlesque, vaudeville, minstrel shows, and stage shows.
 In 1938, they received national exposure as regulars on the Kate Smith Hour radio show, which led to roles in a Broadway musical, The Streets of Paris. In 1940, Universal signed the team for their first film, One Night in the Tropics. Despite having minor roles, Abbott and Costello stole the film with several classic routines, including an abbreviated version of Who's On First?  During World War II, Abbott and Costello were among the most popular and highest-paid stars in the world. Between 1940 and 1956 they made 36 films and earned a percentage of the profits on each.
 They had their own radio program (The Abbott and Costello Show) throughout the 1940s, first on NBC from 1942 to 1947, and from 1947 to 1949 on ABC. In the 1950s, they introduced their comedy to live television on The Colgate Comedy Hour, and launched their own half-hour series, The Abbott and Costello Show.
Strain and split Relations between Abbott and Costello were strained by egos and salary disputes. In their burlesque days, they split their earnings 60%40%, favoring Abbott, because the straight man was always viewed as the more valuable member of the team. This was eventually changed to 50%50%, but after a year in Hollywood, Costello insisted on a 60%40% split in his favor, and it remained so for the remainder of their careers.Costello also demanded that the team be renamed "Costello and Abbott", but this was rejected by Universal Studios, resulting in a "permanent chill" between the two partners, according to Lou's daughter Chris Costello in her biography Lou's on First. Their relationship was further strained by Abbott's alcohol abuse, a habit motivated by his desire to stave off epileptic seizures.  In late 1956, Lou was the subject of the Ralph Edwards-produced TV show, This Is Your Life.
Abbott and Costello split in 1957.  Costello made solo appearances on several TV shows and did one film, "The Thirty-Foot Bride of Candy Rock" released posthumously in 1959. Lou died on March 3, 1959.  In 1960, Abbott began performing with a new partner, Candy Candido, to good reviews. But Abbott called it quits, remarking that No one could ever live up to Lou." The following year, Abbott performed in a dramatic television episode of General Electric Theater titled "The Joke's on Me. In 1966, Abbott provided his own voice for the Hanna-Barbera animated series The Abbott and Costello Cartoon Show, with Stan Irwin providing the voice of Lou Costello. Abbott's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in television Bud and Betty Abbott were married for 55 years. The couple adopted two children: Bud Jr. In 1942 and Vickie in 1949. Died on January 19, 1997, at age 57. Norman and Betty Abbott, the children of Bud's older sister, Olive, started their careers in Hollywood working behind the scenes on the Abbott and Costello films.
Betty became Blake Edwards' longtime script supervisor, and Norman directed episodes of many television series, including Leave It to Beaver, The Jack Benny Program, Sanford and Son and Welcome Back, Kotter. Bud has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: the radio star is located at 6333 Hollywood Boulevard, the motion pictures star is located at 1611 Vine Street, and the television star is located at 6740 Hollywood Boulevard.  Death Abbott died of cancer at age 78 on April 24, 1974, at his home in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles.  He was cremated and his ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean. His widow, Betty, died on September 12, 1981.
When Groucho Marx was asked about Abbott shortly after his death, his response was that Abbott was the greatest straight man ever. If you have any questions or other information, please let me know. Check out my other items.
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