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Buddy Hackett

Buddy Hackett, born Leonard Hacker, was an American comic.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Public School 103 and then went on to New Utrecht High School. While still in high school, he began appearing in nightclubs, beginning with the Borscht Belt, the Catskills resorts. He served three years with an antiaircraft unit during World War II. His first job after the war was at the Pink Elephant, a Brooklyn club. He made appearances in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and the Catskills. He appeared on Broadway in Lunatics and Lovers, where Max Liebman saw him and put him in two television specials. A television series, Stanley, was developed for him, which helped start Carol Burnett's career. He became known to a wider audience when he appeared on television in the 1950s and 1960s as a frequent guest on such talk shows as Jack Paar and Arthur Godfrey, telling brash, often off-color jokes, and mugging widely at the camera. He appeared as Art Carney's replacement in the old Jackie Gleason show, and in the 1958 film God's Little Acre. His later career was mostly as a guest on established series. Died in Malibu, California.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Buddy Hackett Facts

Birth NameLeonard Hacker
BirthdayAugust 31, 1924
BirthplaceBrooklyn, New York, USA
Date of deathJune 29, 2003 (age 78)
Height5' 6" (1m68)  How tall is Buddy Hackett compared to you?

Selected Filmography

The Little Mermaid
Little Mermaid II: Return to The Sea
The Music Man
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
The Love Bug
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Buddy Hackett Live and Uncensored: Resorts International Atlantic City March 1983
The Little Mermaid II and Ariel's Beginning 2-Movie Collection
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