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      Buddy Hackett

      Buddy Hackett

      Highest Rated: 94% The Music Man (1962)

      Lowest Rated: 17% The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (1969)

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

      Photos

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      17% 45% The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea Scuttle (Voice) - 2000
      62% 54% Paulie Artie (Character) $27.0M 1998
      92% 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% 62% Jack Frost Pardon-Me-Pete (Voice) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bud and Lou Lou Costello (Character) - 1978
      17% 30% The Good Guys and the Bad Guys Ed (Character) - 1969
      78% 66% The Love Bug Tennessee Steinmetz (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet 40% Muscle Beach Party S.Z. Matts (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Golden Head Lionel Pack (Character) - 1964
      71% 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 62% 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% 100% 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 67% Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet 90% Boy Meets World Mr. Fontini (Guest Star) 1996
      91% 70% Dinosaurs Louie (Guest Voice) 1992
      No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fall Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1982-1983
      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