Waldo Cosgrove
Biographical Information
Real NameWaldo Cosgrove
Social Information
CitizenshipCitizen of the United States
Base of OperationsJokertown
AffiliationsCosgrove Mortuary
RelativesCosmo Cosgrove, Titus Cosgrove
First AppearanceDead Man’s Hand
CreatorGeorge R.R. Martin

Waldo Cosgrove is a fictional character from the Wild Cards series of books.

One of three brothers who own Jokertown’s pre-eminent mortuary, Waldo is the frontman who greets and commiserates with the bereaved. He’s better at being sorry than anybody else. He probably also runs the management and financial side of the business.


A round, soft man in his 70’s (in 1988) Waldo is bald as an egg, with tiny moist hands. He dresses impeccably and smells faintly of perfume, he also looks like he’s been rolled in talcum.

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