Buddy Hackett

Highest Rated: 94% The Music Man (1962)
Birthday: Aug 31, 1924
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
The son of a Brooklyn upholsterer, baby-faced comic actor Buddy Hackett always claimed he was "born to be funny." Hackett was the boy who invariably blew his lines in the Holiday pageants and the overweight teen who accidentally stuck his foot in a water bucket during his first game with the high school football team. It was while serving in the Army that Hackett met the double-talking Chinese waiter who inspired him to create the most famous of his early nightclub routines. Hackett's first stand-up gig in Brooklyn led to additional work on the New York supper club Catskill resort circuits; he also guested on a very early (1945) TV program, Laff Time. His film debut was as the voice of a talking camel in the otherwise straightforward Arabian nights programmer Slave Girl (1947). He was signed to a Universal Pictures contract in 1953, then starred for two years in Broadway comedy Lunatics and Lovers. He played the title role in 1956 TV sitcom Stanley, which served to introduce Carol Burnett to America's televiewers; two years later, he became a regular on Jackie Gleason's Saturday night variety series. Hackett was most active in films during the years 1958 through 1968, appearing primarily in nitwit comedy-relief roles, but also delivering a solid dramatic performance in God's Little Acre. At the same time, his reputation in nightclubs soared, first because of his quick wit and gift for sudden improvisation, then later for his ability to spout out the dirtiest of material with the cherubic ingenuousness of a naughty first-grader. Perhaps it was this veneer of innocence that made Hackett an ideal "family" entertainer in such G-rated pictures as Everything's Ducky (1961), The Music Man (1962), and The Love Bug (1968). As late as 1989, he was still delighting the kiddie trade as the voice of Scuttle in the Disney animated feature The Little Mermaid. Among Buddy Hackett's many television credits was the 1978 biopic Bud and Lou, in which he offered a curiously unsympathetic interpretation of his idol, Lou Costello; ironically, back in 1954 Hackett had replaced an ailing Costello in the Universal slapstick comedy flick Fireman Save My Child.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Ella Fitzgerald & Other Jazz & Swing Greats Actor 2006
33% The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea Scuttle 2000
62% Paulie Artie 1998
93% The Little Mermaid Scuttle 1989
70% Scrooged Scrooge 1988
No Score Yet Buddy Hackett II: On Stage at Caesar's Atlantic City Actor 1988
No Score Yet Buddy Hackett Live & Uncensored Actor 1984
No Score Yet Loose Shoes Himself 1980
57% Jack Frost Pardon-Me-Pete 1979
No Score Yet Bud and Lou Lou Costello 1978
20% Good Guys and the Bad Guys Townsman 1969
75% The Love Bug Tennessee 1969
No Score Yet The Golden Head Lionel Pack 1965
No Score Yet Muscle Beach Party S.Z. Matts 1964
73% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Benjy Benjamin 1963
No Score Yet The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm Hans 1962
94% The Music Man Marcellus Washburn 1962
No Score Yet Everything's Ducky Adm. John Paul Jones 1961
No Score Yet All Hands on Deck Shrieking Eagle Garfield 1961
No Score Yet God's Little Acre Pluto Swint 1958

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Action
2019
  • 2019
No Score Yet Last Comic Standing
2003-2015
Judge
  • 2003
No Score Yet Just Shoot Me
1997-2003
Himself
  • 2000
No Score Yet Boy Meets World
1993-2000
Mr. Fountain
  • 1996
No Score Yet L.A. Law
1986-1994
Himself
  • 1993
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Murray Gruen
  • 1987
No Score Yet The Flip Wilson Show
1970-1974
Guest
  • 1973
No Score Yet Get Smart
1965-1970
  • 1967

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