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October 14, 2009

Capt. Lou Albano dead at 76

Legendary wrestling manager Capt. Lou Albano died this morning, according to a report on wwe.com. He was 76. Albano had been released from a hospital earlier this week and placed under hospice care.

I will have a post up later today with my thoughts on Albano.My condolences go out to his family and friends.

Posted by Kevin Eck at 1:24 PM | | Comments (21)
        

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My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family in this time of sorrow. A true blow to the "old school" of wrestling.

RIP!

R.I.P. Lou

Capt. Lou was 1 of my favorite characters in WWE. I remember the Rock n' Wrestling with Hulk Hogan, Cyndi Lauper, and Wendi Richter going up against Rowdy Roddy Piper, Fabulous Moolah, and Capt. Lou Albano. Oddly enough it was Lou that was in a couple of Cyndi Lauper's music videos. We can't forget all those tag team champions he managed. The Valiant Brothers, Wild Samoans, The British Bulldogs, and Mike Rotundo/Barry Windham just to name a few. I know he managed much more than that.
They say the go in 3's. Moolah's and now Lou. I wonder after hearing about Piper if he is going to be next.

Wow. Glad I got to see him live as a kid at the Civic Center. At first he specialized in tag teams but later manged single wrestlers. My parent and I loved seeing his antics. Also, loved it when he had to participate in 6 man matches. His tag matches with the Wild Somans were very memorable. Sad to see him go!

Now there goes a true and original wrestling icon!

I hope WWE does a nice tribute segment for Capt. Lou.

Truly one of the best wrestling entertainers of all time. As a kid I was convinced that Captain Lou was an out of control crazy guy that would snap on anyone at anytime. I didn't realize that he actually had a calm side until late one night when I caught him on the Joe Franklin show. At first I felt sorry for Joe because Captain Lou was acting like a lunatic but he eventually broke character and settled down a bit, mainly to talk about the charities he was involved in. In the wrestling world, Lou Albano could cut a promo like no other. His fierce, fast talking style is one that should be studied by guys who are wanting to get into the business. I don't know if Captain Lou and Vince McMahon had a falling out but I always thought that it was strange that we didn't hear more about the Captain on WWE TV. There isn't a single person that you can compare Lou Albano to, he was in a class all by himself

The Capt, such a big part of my youth as a wrestling fan.

Saw him a few times in Carmel, NY at the food store in his home town. Nice dude.

I hope his family finds solace in this trying time.

I will always remember The Captain. Especially the angle where he purchased Pat Patterson's contract from The Grand Wizard. He then ordered The Samoans to attack Patterson during a televised match six-man tag team match. That resulted in Patterson becoming one of most popular wrestlers in the WWF.

It's a shame that the three top managers of the 70s and early 80s are all gone now - Albano, Grand Wizard, and "Classy" Freddie Blassie.

First memories was Lou and Tony Altimore as the hated Sicilians. Growing up in NYC in the 50-60s where each neighborhood had their ethnic pride made that persona Siciliana that much more credible to a 8-12 yo kid.

Altimore would later don the zebra stripes in the 70s when the Captain went into management.
The best description I read today about Captain Lou was that he was a Hawaiian shirt-wearing, hoarse-voiced blowhard... And he was.. one of the best.

Nothing better than to see him sneak (actually stomp his way) into the ring, get caught by Chief Jay Strongbow or Tony Garea and knocked for a loop, then landing on his back, his legs and arms flailing about. Toss a beetle on its back and watch it right itself and you know what I mean.

Nothing but wonderful wrestling memories of Mr. Albano, hating him with a passion throughout the 60-70s.....as only a wrestling fan can

God bless you and rest in peace, signore.


I will always remember The Captain telling us that Backlund had the brain of a dehydrated pea.

I miss those days. King Kong Mosca, Bulldog Brower, George Steele, Captain Lou, The Valiant Brothers, Tony Garea, Haystacks, DeNucci, Johnny Rivera, Johnny Rodz, and all the others.

Kev who's Idea was it to make all these new dumbass pay-per-veiws Names Im mean bragging rights come the hell on thats got to be the stupidest name I ever heard for a ppv

RIP Lou.

A question for Dave. What's up with Rowdy Roddy Piper's health?
Capt. Lou was a big reason I watched WWF in the 80's. One of a kind. I'm going now to listen to 'Capt. Lou's History of Music' on 1985's "The Wrestling Album". Boy do I miss that era.

R.I.P CAP LOU LET YOUR LEGEND LIVE ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I will always remember The Captain telling us that Backlund had the brain of a dehydrated pea.

It was a dehydrated BB ;-)

My favorite quote was "Buddy Rogers on the wall, you're the biggest liar of them all"

wow...I thought it was Ron Jeremy that played Mario...anyways, its one of those people u dont expect to die..mario?!

"It's a shame that the three top managers of the 70s and early 80s are all gone now - Albano, Grand Wizard, and "Classy" Freddie Blassie" ad Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan

Anonymous, are you saying 'The Brain' is deceased?
If so, when did this occur?

RESPONSE FROM KE: Bobby Heenan battled throat cancer several years ago and also had other health issues in recent years, but he is still alive.

R.I.p.captain lou god bless u and ur family.the best manger ever.I will miss ya dj nastyc

REST IN PEACE CAPT. LOU!!!! You were one of the very best manangers!!! Does anyone know what is roddy piper's real health story?

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