Captain Lou Albano Passes Away
Posted by Marcel van Duyn
One of the greatest Mario actors there ever was has passed away.
This year's already had a lot of crazy celebrity deaths, but the person we lost today will probably hit the hardest for any Nintendo fan - Captain Lou Albano, who played the live-action version of Mario in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show and also provided Mario's voice for the cartoon segments, died earlier today.
With his crazy hair, deep voice and wild gestures, his portrayal of Mario was always a fan-favourite. In the opinion of some, he was even better at the role than Nintendo mainstay Charles Martinet, but sadly, after the Super Show, he never played Mario again.
Of course, the Super Show might not even be the only thing you know him from - he became famous as both a wrestler and a wrestling manager, and appeared in many of Cyndi Lauper's video clips, usually as her dad. He also made a ton of guest appearances on other shows.
Captain Lou was 76 years old. Our condolences go out to his family members and friends.