July 6, 2003 |
Around the time that Bonny Lee Bakley, Robert Blake's wife, was found shot to death outside Vitello's restaurant in Studio City, I got one of Buddy Hackett's phone calls. "Everything in her apartment was all packed, right?" he said. "When you pack what's the last thing you do?" I wasn't sure. Lock the doors? Was this a setup for one of Hackett's jokes? When he called, he often had a joke, but they tended to begin with a duck or a horse walking into a bar.
July 2, 2003
"The Love Bug" -- The obituary of Buddy Hackett in Tuesday's California section and a photo caption on A1 mistakenly referred to his film "The Love Bug" as a 1968 hit. It was released in 1969.
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July 1, 2003 |
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.
September 29, 2002 |
You are in the "world famous" Friars Club of Beverly Hills sitting at a long white table. At the bar lurks a man whose cratered mug has been in every gangster movie since "Little Caesar." A few feet away, two women in motorized vehicles that look more like Harleys than wheelchairs are negotiating the buffet with its glass bowls of Thousand Island dressing and croutons. The air shimmers with the smell of butane and the sound of Donna Summer singing "God Bless America."
March 29, 2001 |
Director Stanley Kramer's comedy smorgasbord, "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," will be shown Saturday at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro. "Mad," released in 1963, was the late director's extravagant, slapstick caper movie featuring a who's who of comedians, including Milton Berle, Phil Silvers, Jonathan Winters, Buddy Hackett, Sid Caesar, Dick Shawn and Mickey Rooney, part of a ragtag bunch chasing after a bank robber's buried cash. Spencer Tracy also stars as Captain C.G. Culpeper.
September 27, 2000 |
I like USC Coach Paul Hackett. In fact, if Conan O'Brien is ever replaced, I would recommend my buddy Hackett. You know what UCLA fans are going to say when I pass on a few of the big guy's funny lines at their expense: "Dining on cream puffs like Penn State and San Jose State can sure make someone fat, and with all that sugar, sassy." The folks at UCLA, of course, are not known for their sense of humor, but listening to my buddy Hackett on Tuesday, well, I just split a gut.