Capt. Lou Albano -- wrestler, entertainer, video dad -- dead at 76
Captain Lou Albano, the former professional wrestler, fake dad for Cyndi Lauper and Super Mario Brother has died, the AP reports. He was 76.
World Wrestling Entertainment confirmed the death Thursday on its Web site. The Mount Vernon, N.Y., native has been battling health problems for several months and was under hospice care, charity Wrestler's Rescue told Newsday.
Albano performed with WWE from 1983 to 1996, when he was inducted into its hall of fame. He began his wrestling career in Canada in 1953 after attending the University of Tennessee.
His stubby stature and rubberband fetish really captured the hearts of millions in 1983 when he played Lauper's father in the video for her hit single Girls Just Want To Have Fun on a fledgling MTV. He later claimed to be the catalyst for her success, WWE says, although we don't see him taking credit for the decline in her popularity.