Sandy Hackett is the son of the famous actor/comedian Buddy Hackett.
Full Name at Birth
Sandy Zade Hackett
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Actor | Producer | Miscellaneous Crew
Birth Name Sandy Zade Hackett
Mini Bio (1)
Sandy Hackett son of world-renowned legendary comedian, Buddy Hackett, was inspired at a young age to enter his father's world of comedy. Buddy was a powerful teacher and role model for Hackett. He taught by example, always reading and studying diligently, always re-examining his techniques, and ever the comic-genius guru to comedians old and young alike including his son.
Hackett soon learned what many already knew, an evening with Buddy Hackett was an evening of comedy & entertainment at its best. [The senior Hackett passed away June 30, 2003.] This was the foundation from which Hackett began his development, growth and versatility as a performer, producer, writer and entertainer.
At age eleven, Hackett accompanied his father for a scheduled appearance on the "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. " It was there that he caught the eye of the show's producers and made his first professional television debut. That's how it started.
Hackett was the Director of Entertainment at UNLV for the last three semesters that he attended there before he graduated with a degree in Hotel Administration. Degree in hand, Hackett couldn't deny his innate love for the stage and was motivated to pursue opportunities in that direction, which ultimately resulted in his producing and hosting "The Sahara Showcase of Talent" on Monday nights at The Sahara Hotel & Casino's Casbar Theater.
After a successful four-year run, and some acclaim for his subtle, Carson-esque hosting style, the show was renamed "Sandy Hackett's Talent Showcase" and ran for another decade, entertaining packed audiences. Due to it's popularity, Hackett hosted and produced the show not only at the Sahara in Las Vegas, but the Sahara Reno and Sahara Tahoe, and then the old Mint and Dunes Hotel & Casinos, where he introduced over ten thousand acts, including many first -time appearances on a Las Vegas stage by such entertainment phenoms as Andrew "Dice" Clay, Howie Mandel, Gary Muledeer, The Unknown Comic, Tony D'Andrea, Kenny Kerr, George Wallace, and many others. Sandy Hackett's Talent Showcase came to an end when they blew up the hotels he was working at while he was on stage to make way for what would become the new Las Vegas.
For the next 40 years he led his people through the desert in search of the Promised Land, stopping at Comedy Clubs throughout the land to learn his craft and entertain the masses. His father came to see him one night and asked him to come and share the stage with him. It was a dream come true for the younger Hackett. He accepted and traveled and learned from the master for the next 10 years as road manager, stage manager, navigator, opening act and best friend.
In 1990, Hackett opened his own comedy club in Laughlin, NV. His success there lasted throughout the 90's. His networking and organizational skills eventually opened up many show business ventures, and Hackett became an accomplished agent, manager, event planner, and buyer of talent when he became the Entertainment Director for Sun City Summerlin, booking talent for an incredible 400+ shows in two years at the intimate 320-seat Starbright Theater.
When HBO announced it was going to do a movie about he legendary Rat Pack, longtime family friend, Joey Bishop, called Hackett and told him that he would be perfect for the role of Joey. Although the part eventually went to someone else, the idea of playing Bishop, a man Hackett grew up with and whom he long admired, struck a chord with him. Hackett decided to pen his own show recreating Bishop and his famous buddies ....and so, "Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show" was born...and so was the baby Moses...but that's another story, for another time.
Hackett's role as writer, director and star of "Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show - Shadows in the Desert," which he produces with his partner and beautiful, talented wife, producer/singer Lisa Dawn Miller Hackett, has led to his most current success. Together, they have two beautiful children, Oliver (13 years old), an incredible young, singer/actor, who has already shared the stage with Stevie Wonder and 7 year old daughter, Ashleigh, an amazing young actress/comedian who has already shared the stage with her father.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Sandy Hackett
Lisa Dawn Miller (10 April 2005 - present) (2 children)
Son of Buddy Hackett.
Step-father of Oliver Richman.
Sandy Hackett is the son of the famous actor/comedian Buddy Hackett.
Comedian Sandy Hackett had his first television appearance on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In at age 11. At age 20 Sandy became the Entertainment Director at UNLV where he served for 3 semesters until his graduation in December 1980 with a BS degree in Hotel Administration. Sandy then went on to work in the entertainment department of the former Sahara Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. He helped to create the Sahara Hotel Showcase of Talent with producer Terry James. This concept offered unknown performers a chance to perform in the Sahara's Casbah lounge. Eventually the show became known as Sandy Hackett's Talent Showcase with Sandy as the producer and host of the weekly showcase. The show also did a year in Reno at the Sahara Reno and a year in Lake Tahoe at the Sahara Tahoe. The show moved from the Sahara in 1986 to the Mint Hotel & Casino on Fremont Street downtown Las Vegas. The show appeared on Sunday nights at the Mint and then opened at the Dunes Hotel & Casino on Monday nights. Over the years Sandy introduced over 10,000 performers at his showcases to the Las Vegas audience. In 1990 Sandy opened Sandy Hackett's Comedy Club in Laughlin, NV at Sam's Town Gold River. The hotel was bought and sold several times but Sandy lasted the decade presenting over 1000 comedians to the Laughlin audiences. In 2000 Sandy started work on a script for a show about the Rat Pack. The show opened in Las Vegas at the Greek Isle Hotel and Casino as "The Tribute to Frank, Sammy, Joey & Dean, in May of 2002 and ran successfully for 5 years until it moved downtown to The Plaza Hotel and Casino. In 2009 Sandy's partners disagreed with Sandy about the direction of the show. Sandy and his wife Lisa Dawn Miller Hackett (daughter of legendary songwriter Ron Miller i.e. "For Once In My Life" "Touch Me In the Morning" "Heaven Help Us All" "I've Never Been to Me" "If I Could" and another 400 songs) went off on their own recreating their own show as Writer/Producers/Creator/Performers in the 'Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show' (2009–present) currently touring in venues throughout the U.S and Canada. Sandy has also penned his second show "My Buddy" a father and son story about his life with his father and legendary comedian Buddy Hackett, produced and directed by his wife Lisa Dawn Miller Hackett. Sandy is currently the host of his own podcast and resides with his wife and 2 children in Los Angeles, CA.
The shows have successfully toured throughout the United States including San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Ft. Worth, Memphis, New York, Dayton, Manchester, Charlotte, Detroit, Reno, Lake Tahoe, Fresno, East Lansing, Easton, Denver,
The Portal (2007) Dr. Mulag
The Indie Pendant (2005) .... Roy Patterson
Down and Derby (2005) .... Larry Savage
Las Vegas .... Surveillance #1 (1 episode, 2003)
The S.I.N. (2001) (V) .... Bud Chelzer
Jack of Hearts (2000) .... Benny
The Nanny .... The Rabbi / ... (2 episodes, 1996–1998)
Lovers and Liars (1998) .... Frank
Deadly Games .... Mr. Spencer (1 episode, 1996)
Hamburger... The Motion Picture (1986) .... Fred Domino
Stitches (1985) .... Student #3
Joan Rivers and Friends Salute Heidi Abromowitz (1985) (TV)
Cannonball Run II (1984) .... Official
Hot Dog... The Movie (1984) .... T-Shirt Contest M.C.
Happy (1983) (TV) .... Warm-up entertainer
The Fall Guy (1 episode, 1983)
Actor (22 credits) Producer (2 credits) Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit) Self (4 credits)
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Buddy Hackett (? - June 30, 2003)
Lisa Jean Hackett, Ivy Julie Hackett
Claim to Fame
Rowan & Martin
Couple Profile Source
Lisa Dawn Miller (10 April 2005 - present) (2 children), Oliver Richman (b. September 2000)., Ashleigh Zayda Hackett (b. January, 2006).
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Actor (22 credits)
Producer (2 credits)
Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
Self (4 credits)
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