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Posted: 7/1/2003 5:06:28 AM EDT
Comedian, actor instrumental in rise of stand-up comedy By Paul Brownfield LOS ANGELES TIMES Tuesday, July 1, 2003 MALIBU, Calif. -- Buddy Hackett, who broke into comedy as a young waiter-performer in New York's Catskill Mountains and went on to achieve iconic status as a raunchy nightclub performer and rubber-faced clown in movies including "The Music Man" and "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," died Monday at his home in Malibu. He was 78. The cause of death was not immediately clear. Hackett had been suffering from a chest cold, although he had been in "robust good health" until a few days ago, according to a family spokesperson. Hackett hadn't worked professionally since 1996, when he stopped performing after experiencing dizziness and shortness of breath onstage. Like Milton Berle or Henny Youngman or Red Buttons, Hackett is among the pantheon of Jewish comedians forever associated with the rise of the stand-up comic on stage, radio and, eventually, television. Over the decades, to be sure, Hackett's look helped make him inimitable: the rotund body with the cross-eyed gaze and the delivery in which he seemed to be talking out of the side of his mouth. His 1950s TV credits include his own sitcom, "Stanley," in which Hackett ran a newsstand in a swanky New York Hotel. The series, which co-starred Carol Burnett as Hackett's girlfriend, was broadcast live by NBC during its brief run in 1956-57. The pilot was co-written by Neil Simon. A year later Hackett replaced Art Carney as a regular cast member on CBS's "Jackie Gleason Show," and he began showing up on Jack Paar's "Tonight Show," something he would continue to do when Johnny Carson took over the reins from Paar. [V]
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 10:09:04 AM EDT
I moved my flag to half-staff. A sad day indeed.
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 10:21:21 AM EDT
One of the funniest motherf'ers on the planet. Here's to you obesceri illegitimo!!!
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 12:20:38 PM EDT
Big time gun collector too. One of the many reasons I liked him. He was a funny man and nice guy also.
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 12:24:23 PM EDT
Anybody have a pic? I am not familiar with this guy, perhaps I will recognize him.
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 12:38:40 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/1/2003 12:39:14 PM EDT by RiffRandall]
Originally Posted By Wobblin-Goblin: Anybody have a pic? I am not familiar with this guy, perhaps I will recognize him.
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[img]http://www.stagebenders.com/Be%20a%20Bender/Buddy%20Hackett.jpg[/img] [img]http://www.collectinghollywood.com/BHacke1.jpg[/img] Google [url]http://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=[/url] [:D] sorry about the pic size, first I could find.
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 12:39:59 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/1/2003 12:41:12 PM EDT by Hawkeye]
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 12:48:14 PM EDT
Thanks, guys. I do recognize him, but it's been a long time since I've seen any of his work.
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 12:50:21 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Hawkeye: Edit....Dang, Riff beat me to the post with teh same pic!
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[:D][:O)]
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 12:58:28 PM EDT
He was the FUNNIEST. I was wondering just a few days ago if he was still with us or active in the business. Some of the absolute best laughs I've ever had, the kind where you laugh yourself sore, were from his stuff. I think I'll see if I can locate a tape of him on an HBO comedy special done in the 80's that I THINK I still have, and play it. Buddy will be having his opening night in the Celestial Comedy Club shortly. Tickets are in short supply, and you'll have to die to get in. CJ
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 1:10:09 PM EDT
He was also asked to be the the replacement for Curly Howard of the "Three Stooges" after Curly had the stroke in 1946. Hackett agrees to the idea, until he drops by a Stooges rehearsal and witnesses the boys hitting each other with pipes, wrenches and other pain-inducing tools. Hackett backed out of the deal.
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 1:50:34 PM EDT
Shame, he was funny as hell. You don't see too many old school comedians who are as raunch as he was.
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 2:12:34 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 2:12:41 PM EDT
"I went to see a Psychiatrist because I had an inferiority complex, he told me "you don't have an inferiority complex you ARE inferior" Buddy Hackett
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 2:25:04 PM EDT
Sorry to see him go. He was truly a funny guy. [USA]
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 2:33:44 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Wobblin-Goblin: Thanks, guys. I do recognize him, but it's been a long time since I've seen any of his work.
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He was also the voice of the seagull in the Disney movie The Little Mermaid. [:I] [yea yea FLAME SUIT ON]
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 2:56:41 PM EDT
I saw that. Yes, actually I have the DVD. The seagull's name was Scuttle and was very funny. He reminded me of several people I know. In that movie, during the transformation from mermaid to human, there is ONE frame (dark though it is) where Ariel's shiny new ass is very clearly rendered, which is a first for a Disney animated movie as far as I know. CJ
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 3:01:46 PM EDT
Originally Posted By cmjohnson: ...there is ONE frame (dark though it is) where Ariel's shiny new ass is very clearly rendered,
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And for that discovery, you don't have to stop in purgatory because you are going straight to hell.[}:D]
Link Posted: 7/1/2003 3:22:21 PM EDT
In the 80's he used to frequent a hole in the wall coffee shop that I also loved. Early one Saturday morning a group of us meet to chow down before heading out shooting and he was at the counter across from our booth. He overheard oour convertsation and on the way out stopped to say "Get a few for me". I never knew he was a shooter. Thought he was just joking.
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