Eldon Lawrence "Don" Costello (September 5, 1901 – October 24, 1945) was an American actor of stage, screen and radio.
Costello in Another Thin Man (1939)
September 5, 1901
|Died||October 24, 1945 44) (aged|
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)|
Costello entered films in 1935 and in 1939 was put under contract with MGM. Known for his wicked sense of humor, Costello oftentimes played the role of a menace or a tough guy. He is probably best known for his role as Lefty in the movie Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941). He appeared in 37 movies (31 times credited), including Another Thin Man (1939), Johnny Eager (1941) and The Blue Dahlia (1946).
According to the obituary of the actor published in the Los Angeles Times on October 26, 1945, Costello died of an overdose of sleeping tablets. His wife Louise found him dead in the bedroom of their home at 13424 Valley Vista Street, Sherman Oaks. He had earlier complained of being unable to get to sleep.
- Another Thin Man (1939) - 'Diamond Back' Vogel
- Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President (1939) - Fred
- One Crowded Night (1940) - Lefty
- Wildcat Bus (1940) - Sid Casey
- Sleepers West (1941) - Carl Izzard
- Ride on Vaquero (1941) - Redge
- I'll Wait for You (1941) - Police Sergeant Brent
- Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) - Lefty
- Whistling in the Dark (1941) - 'Noose' Green
- Last of the Duanes (1941) - Jim Bland
- Unholy Partners (1941) - Georgie Pelotti
- Johnny Eager (1941) - Billiken
- Joe Smith, American (1942) - Mead
- Sundown Jim (1942) - Dobe Hyde
- A-Haunting We Will Go (1942) - Doc Lake
- Just Off Broadway (1942) - George Dolphin
- A Night to Remember (1942) - Eddie Turner
- Truck Busters (1943) - Anthony 'Tony' Bonetti
- Air Raid Wardens (1943) - Heydrich
- Crime Doctor (1943) - Nick Ferris
- A Lady Takes a Chance (1943) - Drunk
- Murder on the Waterfront (1943) - Gordon Shane - 'The Great Rajah'
- Texas Masquerade (1944) - Ace Maxson
- Rationing (1944) - Ace (uncredited)
- The Whistler (1944) - Lefty Vigran aka Gorss (uncredited)
- Mystery Man (1944) - Bud Trilling
- Here Come the Co-Eds (1945) - Diamond (uncredited)
- Great Stagecoach Robbery (1945) - Jed Quinlan
- It's in the Bag! (1945) - Mickey (uncredited)
- Nob Hill (1945) - Steve, Fighting Bartender (uncredited)
- Along Came Jones (1945) - Leo Gledhill
- Incendiary Blonde (1945) - Gus Vettori (uncredited)
- Marshal of Laredo (1945) - Henchman Pretty Boy Murphy
- Follow That Woman (1945) - Nick
- The Red Dragon (1945) - Charles Masack
- Crime of the Century (1946) - Joe, Bartender
- The Blue Dahlia (1946) - Leo (final film role)
- "Handsome stage manager of Wright Players, doing his work, plays many parts". The Courier-Journal. Kentucky, Louisville. March 7, 1926. p. 31. Retrieved February 5, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Majestic Play Is Real Drama". Star-Gazette. New York, Elmira. October 11, 1927. p. 13. Retrieved February 5, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- Don Costello at IMDB
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