Capt. Lou Albano, Cyndi Lauper's video co-star, dies at 76
His face will be more memorable to us from watching hours and hours of MTV than his more-famous days in the pro wrestling business. "Captain" Lou Albano, Cyndi Lauper's "dad" in so many of her iconic music videos, died today at age 76.
Before he became the paternal face of Lauder's MTV career, Albano made his mark as the manager of pro wrestling tag teams with names as diverse as the Masked Executioners, the Mongols and the Wild Samoans.
Aside from the music videos, Albano had an otherwise successful career in Hollywood during the '80s and '90s starring in a variety of movies including Wise Guys (1986), Body Slam (1986) and Stay Tuned (1992). He also played "Mario" in the TV series The Super Mario Bros. Super Show.
Lauper wrote the intro to Albano's autobiography, Often Imitated, Never Duplicated. According to Rolling Stone, Lauper once claimed on the Tonight Show that Albano was her mentor because he had taught her the three keys to fame: "politeness, etiquette, and grooming."
OUR FAVORITE LAUPER-ALBANO VIDEOS:
GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN: The first appearance of Albano and Lauper is still the best. "Oh, Daddy dear, you know you're still No. 1." [Video]
SHE BOP: Okay, it's a little creepy to have your "dad" appear in a video for a song about ... well, moving right along...
TIME AFTER TIME: Still Cyndi's most underrated song. Lou could have used more rubber-banded face time here though. [Video]
THE GOONIES 'R' GOOD ENOUGH: The memories of this movie and title song never seem to die. That's good enough for Lou Albano, too. Rest in peace, Captain. [Video]