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Legendary wrestling manager Captain Lou Albano has died at theage of 76. Albano reached fame in the 1970’s and 80’s during histime with the WWWF, later the WWF and WWE. Albano died while underhospice care at his New York home.

During his career as a manager he managed several wrestlers andtag teams including Don Muraco, Andre the Giant, The Iron Sheik andthe Wild Samoans as well as several others. Throughout his careeras a manager he managed over 50 wrestlers and guided them to twodozen championships. Before becoming a full time manager Albano wasa wrestler himself even winning the WWF United States Tag TeamChampionship with Tony Altimore in 1967. Albano retired in1996.

Outside of wrestling Albano appeared in several films and musicvideos. He played Cyndi Lauper’s father in her video “Girls JustWant To Have Fun” as well as three more of Lauper’s videos. Hisappearance in her videos caused WWF owner Vince McMahon to createthe Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Connection.

He also played Mario in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! alongside Danny Wells.

Albano was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996, the sameyear as wrestlers he managed Pat Paterson and Jimmy “Superfly”Snuka.