Illustration of Captain Lou Albano, created by Albano Agency. He has black wavy hair with a medium length black beard tied together with a rubberband. He is wearing a white shirt with a yellow and orange Hawaiian shirt, and blue jeans with with sandals on.

Captain Lou Albano Often Imitated Never Duplicated

Throughout his life, Captain Lou Albano was not just a wrestling icon, but a devoted family man who brought joy and laughter to everyone around him. We will always remember him as a loving father, grandfather and role model. God Bless!

1933

Louis Vincent Albano is born in Rome, Italy on July 29th of 1933. He was baptized in a cherished ceremony at the Vatican.  

1949

The Albano family immigrated to the US and started off in Mount Vernon, New York. Lou was one of five children, with three brothers and a sister.

1953

Albano graduates from Stepinac all-boys’ Roman Catholic High School and begins working as a longshoreman on the Hudson River. 

1950s-1960s

Albano starts wrestling under a few diffrent ring names “Leaping Lou Albano”, “Mount Vernon Mauler” and “The Sicilians”. Through trail and error, he began gaining traction in Northeastern US. Although his family is initially wary of his profession, they eventually become his biggest supporters, cheering him on at matches with pride!

1967

Albano joins the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) and becomes a manager, guiding the careers of stars like Andre the Giant, The Wild Samoans, Ivan Koloff, The Mongols and many more. Captain Lou was a larger-than-life personality in the ring.

1983-1986

Albano gains national fame managing the tag team The U.S. Express, who win the WWF Tag Team Championship at the 1st  Wrestle Mania in 1985. 

1984-1986

Albano works with Cyndi Lauper, appearing in her music videos and helping to promote her album “She’s So Unusual.” He is spotted in most of Cyndi’s early music videos as they were good friends. This odd collaboration helped to bridge the gap between professional wrestling and mainstream popular culture, bringing a new life to the entertainment industry.

1989-1991

 Albano landed a role as Mario in the live-action Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Captain Lou Albano was creating crossover’s never seen before, catering to audiences on a huge range from child to adulthood. He also got his friend to guest feature in the show such as Cyndi Lauper, Magic Johnson, Sgt. Slaughter and more!

1996

Albano is inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. His family attends the ceremony, beaming with pride as they watch him receive the honor he so deserves.

2003

Albano retires from the entertainment industry to enjoy time with his family, friends and local community. He was a local legend in Carmel, befriending people from all walks of life.

2009

Captain Lou Albano passes away at the age of 76 but his legacy continues forever. He was an everlasting impression on his community. Today he’s celebrated through the stories people share everyday. He famously said Often Intimidated, Never Duplicated.

THE CAPTAIN WANTS YOU TO HAVE THE BEST!