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Buddy Hackett

Highest Rated:   94% The Music Man (1962)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
92% The Little Mermaid
  • Scuttle
1989
68% Scrooged
  • Scrooge
1988
No Score Yet Buddy Hackett II: On Stage at Caesar's Atlantic City
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Buddy Hackett: Live and Uncensored
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Loose Shoes
  • Himself
1980
No Score Yet Jack Frost
  • Pardon-Me-Pete
1979
No Score Yet Bud and Lou
  • Lou Costello
1978
No Score Yet 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
75% 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 God's Little Acre
  • Pluto Swint
1958

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Last Comic Standing
2003-2015
  • Judge
  • 2003

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