Buddy Hackett

Buddy Hackett

Highest Rated: 94% The Music Man (1962)

Lowest Rated: 17% The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (2000)

Birthday: Aug 31, 1924

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

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.

Highest rated movies

The Music Man
The Love Bug
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Scrooged
Paulie
Jack Frost
The Good Guys and the Bad Guys

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
17% 45% The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea Scuttle (Voice) - 2000
62% 55% Paulie Artie (Character) $27.0M 1998
93% 88% The Little Mermaid Scuttle (Voice) $109.9M 1989
69% 71% Scrooged Scrooge (Character) $58.2M 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hey Babe! Sammy Cohen (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 17% Loose Shoes Self - 1980
57% 61% Jack Frost Unknown (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bud and Lou Lou Costello (Character) - 1978
20% 30% The Good Guys and the Bad Guys Ed (Character) - 1969
76% 66% The Love Bug Tennessee Steinmetz (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 41% Muscle Beach Party S.Z. Matts (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Golden Head Lionel Pack (Character) - 1964
70% 83% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Benjy Benjamin (Character) - 1963
94% 85% The Music Man Marcellus Washburn (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 61% The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm Hans (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet All Hands on Deck Shrieking Eagle Garfield (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 20% Everything's Ducky Seaman Admiral John Paul `'Ad'` Jones (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 42% God's Little Acre Pluto Swint (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fireman Save My Child Smokey Hinkle (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Walking My Baby Back Home Blimp Edwards (Character) - 1953

TV

Credit
93% No Score Yet Action Lonnie Valiant (Character) 1999 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet All That Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet 33% Just Shoot Me Himself (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet 75% Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet 95% Boy Meets World Mr. Fontini (Guest Star) 1996
91% 91% Dinosaurs Louie (Guest Voice) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Carson Unknown (Character),
Guest
1973-1974 1977-1981 1984-1986 1990
No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
60% No Score Yet The Fall Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1982-1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Norm Crosby's Comedy Shop Guest 1979-1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Disney's Wonderful World Tennessee Steinmetz (Character) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Guest 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Here's Lucy Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lucy Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet 50% Get Smart Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1965-1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Valley Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1957 1960 1962 1964-1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Joey Bishop Show Himself (Guest Star) 1963-1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rifleman Unknown (Guest Star) 1959 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Danny Thomas Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stanley Stanley (Character) 1956-1957