Buddy Hackett

Comedian, Actor, Voice actor
Best known for his raunchy Las Vegas routine, Buddy Hackett has also enjoyed substantial Broadway, film and TV success throughout the years. A short round kid with a smart mouth, he had every intention of going into the ... Read more »
Born: 08/31/1924 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (58)

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Boy Meets World 1996 - 1998, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1986 - 1987, 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 1998, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Last Comic Standing 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lateline 1997 - 1998, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1986 - 1987, 1996 - 1998, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Nightclub Years 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Action 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 MTV Video Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Presenter

Merv Griffin: Master of the Game 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea 1999 (Movie)

of Scuttle (Voice)

Paulie 1998 (Movie)

Artie (Actor)

Rodney Dangerfield: Respect at Last 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1998 (Tv Show)

Voice

The College of Comedy With Alan King 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Long Ago and Far Away 1988 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

More of the Best of the Hollywood Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Fish Police 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Life's Most Embarrassing Moments 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Little Mermaid 1989 (Movie)

of Scuttle (Voice)

Scrooged 1988 (Movie)

Scrooge (Actor)

Jack Frost 1987 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Comic Relief 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

New Love American Style 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Hey Babe! 1984 (Movie)

Sammy Cohen (Actor)

Buddy Hackett -- Live and Uncensored 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

There Goes the Neighborhood 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Jack Frost 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Voice

Loose Shoes 1981 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

You Bet Your Life 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Liar's Club 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Sweepstakes 1973 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney World: a Gala Opening 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Golddiggers 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Scoey Mitchlll Show 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Plimpton! Did You Hear the One About...? 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Get Smart 1965 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Good Guys and the Bad Guys 1969 (Movie)

Townsman (Actor)

The Love Bug 1968 (Movie)

Tennessee Steinmetz (Actor)

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 1963 (Movie)

Benjy Benjamin (Actor)

Muscle Beach Party 1963 (Movie)

S Z Matts (Actor)

The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm 1962 (Movie)

Hans (Actor)

All Hands on Deck 1961 (Movie)

Shrieking Eagle Garfield (Actor)

The Jackie Gleason Show 1952 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

The Music Man 1961 (Movie)

Marcellus Washburn (Actor)

God's Little Acre 1958 (Movie)

Pluto Swint (Actor)

Stanley 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

Entertainment 1955 1954 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

Fireman Save My Child 1954 (Movie)

Smokey (Actor)

Walking My Baby Back Home 1952 (Movie)

Blimp Edwards (Actor)

Bud and Lou (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Best known for his raunchy Las Vegas routine, Buddy Hackett has also enjoyed substantial Broadway, film and TV success throughout the years. A short round kid with a smart mouth, he had every intention of going into the family upholstering business, despite having made his professional debut on the 'Borscht Circuit' at the age of 15, but upon returning to New York after World War II service, he began performing at clubs like the Pink Palace in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Headlining at comedy clubs led to a starring role in the hit road production of "Call Me Mister" (1946) and his first foray into TV on the DuMont Network's "School House" (1948-49). Hackett first cracked features in "Walking My Baby Back Home" (1953) and took Broadway by storm in the revival of "Lunatics and Lovers", winning the 1955 Donaldson Award for Best Debut Performance--Male. He then returned to TV in a live situation comedy, starring opposite Carol Burnett and Paul Lynde as "Stanley" (NBC, 1956-57), the outgoing proprietor of a newsstand in a fancy New York hotel. Hackett's shtick featured a wide range of facial expressions and a distinctive voice often delivered out of the side of his mouth, but in "God's Little Acre" (1958), Anthony Mann's adaptation of the Erskine Caldwell novel, he brought a real depth to his role as the whimsical, ridiculed Pluto. A regular on CBS' "The Jackie Gleason Show" during the 1958-59 season, he also started simultaneously contributing to "The Tonight Show", starring Jack Paar, where he remained a regular until 1962. Hackett was back at his zaniest as a Chickisaw Indian sailor who mates a turkey with a pelican in the lightweight "All Hands on Deck" and remained a simple seaman for the equally slight "Everything's Ducky" (both 1961), this time sharing a series of juvenile misadventures with Mickey Rooney and a talking duck. He followed with the popular screen version of the hit musical "The Music Man" (1963), restraining himself for the sake of the story in his role as Marcellus Washburn, and then pulled out all the stops for Stanley Kramer's madcap blockbuster "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" (1963), scoring mightily in his runaway aircraft sequence with Rooney.

Relationships

Anna Hacker

Mother

Ivy Julie Hackett

Daughter

Lisa Jean Hackett

Daughter

Sandy Zade Hackett

Daughter

Sherry Cohen

Wife
married on June 12, 1955

Philip Hacker

Father

Milestones

1999

Co-starred as Mohr's uncle and chaffeur on the Fox series "Action"

1998

Lost out to Jay Mohr in competition to voice "Paulie", the talking parrot; ended up playing smaller role of Artie the pawnbroker

1998

Honored with the 2,106th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1996

Stepped back from live shows when for the first time in his life he experienced stage fright in the form of a sudden dizziness and sense he could not breathe; condition immediately followed gum surgery, which the entertainer believes had something to do w

1992

Voiced Crabby on the short-lived animated TV series "Fish Police" (CBS)

1989

Provided voice of Scuttle, the silly seagull, in the Disney animated feature "The Little Mermaid"

1988

Played Scrooge in the Bill Murray vehicle "Scrooged", a contemporary spin on Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"

1986

Starred in second HBO comedy special "Buddy Hackett II--On Stage at Caesar's Atlantic City", again executive producing

1983

Headlined own HBO special "Buddy Hackett--Live and Uncensored"; also executive produced

1980

Hosted the syndicated version of "You Bet Your Life"

1978

Portrayed comedian Lou Costello in the NBC TV biography "Bud and Lou", opposite Harvey Korman

1968

Co-starred in the Disney comedy "The Love Bug"

1964

Returned to Broadway in "I Had a Ball"

1963

Had featured role in the big screen comedy "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World"

1962

Co-starred in the screen version of the hit Broadway musical "The Music Man"

1958

Appeared in the film "God's Little Acre"

1953

Feature film debut, "Walking My Baby Back Home"

1948

Appeared as part of the constantly changing cast of the DuMont network's comedy-variety issue "School House", based on Gus Edwards' old "School Days" vaudeville routine which had featured such stars-to-be as Georgie Jessel, Groucho Marx and Ray Bolger, am

1939

Made professional debut at the age of 15 at a small hotel in the Catskills (date approximate)

Contributed regularly to "The Tonight Show" (NBC), starring Jack Paar

Starred as the title character in the NBC sitcom "Stanley", aired live from NYC

Appeared on Broadway in "Lunatics and Lovers"; received the Donaldson Award for Best Debut Performance--Male

Became a popular headliner in comedy clubs across the country, which led to a starring role in the hit road production of "Call Me Mister" (1946) and eventually a Hollywood contract

Returned to NYC and began playing clubs like the Pink Palace in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn

Served in the Army during World War II

Was a regular on CBS' "The Jackie Gleason Show"

Bonus Trivia

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Hackett serves as one of the Proctors (along with Billy Crystal) of the Friars Club

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