August 31, 1924 - June 30, 2003
wife said to me, 'I want to be cremated.' I said, 'How about
was born Leonard Hacker, and after serving in the military he started doing stand up comedy. He went on to have a career that lasted for sixty years.
He appeared in many movies, from Herbie
the Love Bug, to It's
a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, alongside Milton Berle and Jonathan Winters, and
on TV as well.
1996, buddy had a dizzy spell during a show, and stopped doing live
performances. He had discovered considerable success doing voiceovers in
animated features like The Little Mermaid for Disney, and its
sequel. He also appeared on Craig Kilborn's show, and had a role on the
short-lived television series, Action.
and Sherry, his wife of 48 years , lived in this
house in Beverly Hills.
Buddy wouldn't sign an autograph for a fan
unless you gave him 10 bucks for the Singita
Animal Sanctuary, a nonprofit organization he and his wife Sherry founded, dedicated to the rescue
and adoption of abandoned cats and dogs. They
filled their tennis court with stacks and stacks of animal crates for strays,
and had their garage brimming with cans of cat food.
the Animal Sanctuary declared bankruptcy in 2007 after the passing of Buddy.
had diabetes and bronchitis, and on Sunday, June 29th 2003, he left their Beverly Hills house to avoid catching his
wife's flu, and headed to their Malibu beach house. As you do. The
beach house is on the other side of these gates.
scrambling through the no-doubt-rattle-snake-infested-wooded-area-next-door, this is the
closest Troy and I could get to the house.
Sherry phoned later
that evening to check on him, and his last words to her were, "Too late.
I've already got it. I feel awful and I'm going to bed."
Failing to reach him by phone the next day, his wife called the fire department
and had them check on
him. Buddy was found dead of a heart attack. I wonder if dying might be less difficult, if the last thing you saw was a
He was 78 years old.
with tradition, The Laugh Factory on the Sunset Strip
erected their memorial sign.
was cremated, and his ashes were given to his family. There was no public
memorial service. The location of his cremains is a mystery.
Curve (ish): Jan Berry of Jan and Dean had his near
fatal car accident about 50 yards from Buddy's front door.
the front lawn of Buddy's Beverly Hills home, sits a concrete
This was a gift from Sammy Davis, Jr. For quite a while after
his death, Buddy's Mercedes remained in the driveway of the Beverly Hills
house. Note the vanity plates.
was offered the chance to replace Curly Howard in the Three Stooges, but he
passed, preferring to pursue his own style of comedy.
wanted $150,000 to appear in It's
a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, but he only received $105,000.
There is an odd museum here in Hollywood, and inside of it is the original
miniature model of the building from IAMMMMW,
complete with broken fire escape
A VERY unique place, and a cool find. I
Buddy's official website has been
shamelessly hijacked by the son. Nice guy - I met him in Vegas, but really
Malibu Death House went on the market about a year and a half after his
death. They were asking 4 to 5 mil. It would have been mandatory to disclose
the fact that Buddy died in the house, because it falls under the three year rule.
Did you know, in the state of California - even it the Manson Murders happened
there, you are only obligated to share this information with prospective buyers,
for three years?
Read about Buddy's oral
contract at my buddy Joe's blogsite.
From Findadeath contributor/savior Mark
My gal pal told me that she was once a teen usherette in 60s
Baltimore at a theater where comic Buddy Hackett and singer Anthony Newley
After the show, my petite cute little friend (age 17) was
invited into their dressing room. The door was promptly shut and the two male
stars (in bathrobes) were more than happy to give an autograph in exchange for a kiss and a little grope
of her teen ass. She got out of there within an inch of her life. She said it
was shocking. ha
Cut to: It's 30 years later, Fall 2002, and the same gal pal
(the former usherette) is working on a TV studio lot in Los Angeles where
Buddy Hackett was invited to come by to do a video testimonial for the 90th
Bday party of reporter Irv Kupcinet. Buddy showed up and was a delight. My
lady friend with her teen trauma tale even posed with him for a photo. How
Buddy was wearing white gloves that day (perhaps a germaphobe
or fighting a skin ailment?) and within 7 months, Buddy was dead.
The last thing he jokingly said before he left the soundstage
was: "Well, I gotta go home now, and do nuttin'."
A 1983 Van Tour Tale: Buddy battled with snooty neighbors in
Beverly Hills. When they once complained about a pink flamingo on his lawn -
he responded with dozens of plastic birds added to piss them off more.
Trivia: Buddy sang and danced in the "Shapoopie"
number in the film The Music Man (1962) - which was later
paid homage by cartoon character Peter Griffin on Family Guy.
see his mailbox?
a ton to Kevin Hassell for help with this story.