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Captain Lou Albano -- (born July 29, 1933, in Rome, Italy) was a legendary wrestling manager, leading 15 different tag teams to championship gold. He was best known for his work in the World Wrestling Federation and for his unique appearance, including rubber band facial piercings, helter skelter gray hair, and obnoxiously loud, half-open Hawaiian shirts, and Albano was as memorable for his self-professed art of bullshit on the mic, often creating false authorities to prove his point. Behind the scenes, Albano ushered in the Rock 'n' Wrestling era by meeting Cyndi Lauper on a flight and then introducing her to Vince McMahon for a storyline, which led to the first WrestleMania in 1985. Albano appeared in three Cyndi Lauper videos and gained mainstream exposure. He later ventured into Hollywood and appeared in a few movies and television shows, most noteably as Mario, who was also Italian-American, in the live-action portions of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!

Albano was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996, and his life and career were chronicled in his 2008 autobiography Often Imitated, Never Duplicated. Unfortunately, Albano passed away in October 2009.

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