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|Voice actor Buddy Hackett in 1968|
| Background Information
|Birth Name||Leonard Hacker|
|Born||August 21, 1924|
|Years active||1950 - 2003|
|Role in films||Scuttle|
|Film appearances||The Little Mermaid|
Hackett was born in Brooklyn, New York, New York, the son of a Jewish upholsterer. He grew up on 54th and 14th Ave in Borough Park, Brooklyn, across from Public School 103 (now a yeshiva). Living next door was aspiring baseball player Sandy Koufax. He graduated from New Utrecht High School in 1942. While still a student, he began performing in nightclubs in the Catskills Borscht Belt resorts. He appeared first at the Golden Hotel in Hurleyville, New York, and he claimed he did not get one single laugh.
Hackett enlisted in the United States Army during World War II and served in an anti-aircraft battery.