Buddy Hackett
Biographical Information
Born August 31st, 1924
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died June 30th, 2003
Malibu, California, United States
Productions The Music Man as Marcellus Washburn
I Had a Ball as Garside (original Broadway cast)
Jack Frost as Pardon-Me-Pete
Recordings The Music Man (film soundtrack)
I Had a Ball (original cast recording)
Vocal Type Baritone

Buddy Hackett was an American actor and comedian.


Born Leonard Hacker in Brooklyn, New York, he initially performed as a nightclub comedian but after a performance of Lunatics and Lovers on Broadway he received his first TV gig. He gained recognition for his appearance in Walking My Baby Back Home, based on his earlier stand-up routine. He made a record number of appearances with Johnny Carson, and it was the talk show circuit that would bring Hackett wider recognition.

Hackett would go on to appear in the television series Stanley and films such as It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World and The Love Bug as well as providing the voice of Scuttle in The Little Mermaid series.

Hackett passed away in 2003.


Hackett made his singing debut in the motion picture The Music Man playing Marcellus Washburn and soon appeared in the original cast of the stage musical I Had a Ball playing Garside. He also sang in the animated holiday film Jack Frost, in which he played Pardon-Me-Pete, the Groundhog.


The Music Man (1962)Edit

  • Shipoopi (contains solo lines)

Jack Frost (1979)Edit

  • Me and My Shadow (solo)
  • Jack Frost Is Here (contains solo lines)
  • I've Got a Day Named After Me (solo)


I Had a Ball (1964)(originated the role)Edit

  • Dr. Freud (solo)
  • You Deserve Me (contains solo lines)
  • You Deserve Me (Reprise)(solo)
  • Tunnel of Love Chase (contains solo lines)

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