At a young age, Sandy Hackett was inspired by his father, legendary comedian, Buddy Hackett, to enter the world of comedy. Buddy was a powerful teacher and role model; an avid reader, studying diligently, and re-examining his comedy techniques. He taught his son by example. The younger Hackett soon learned that an evening with Buddy Hackett was an evening of comedy and entertainment at its best. [The senior Hackett passed away on 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 with John Wayne.
Hackett graduated with a degree in Hotel Administration from UNLV for which he also served as UNLV’s Director of Entertainment. He produced “The Sahara Showcase of Talent” at the Las Vegas based Sahara Hotel & Casino for four years before it was renamed “Sandy Hackett’s Talent Showcase” and ran for another decade. Additionally, Hackett hosted and produced the show at Sahara Reno, Sahara Tahoe and the old Mint and Dunes Hotel & Casinos. During this time, Hackett introduced over ten thousand acts, including many first -time appearances by Andrew “Dice” Clay, Howie Mandel, Gary Muledeer, The Unknown Comic, Tony D’Andrea, Kenny Kerr, George Wallace, and many others.
For the next 40 years he led his people through the desert in search of the Promised Land, stopping at comedy clubs to learn his craft and entertain the masses. His father came to see him one night and asked him to come share the stage with him. It was a dream come true for the younger Hackett. He accepted and then got to travel and learn from the master of comedy for the next 10 years as his opening act, road manager, stage manager, navigator and best friend.
Throughout the 1990’s, Hackett successfully ran his own comedy club in Laughlin, Nevada. An accomplished agent, manager, event planner, and buyer of talent, he became the Entertainment Director for Sun City Summerlin, booking talent for an incredible 400+ shows in two years at at the Starbright Theater.
When HBO announced it was going to do a movie about the Rat Pack, longtime family friend, Joey Bishop, called Hackett and said “Sandy, I think you’d be perfect to play me!” Hackett replied, “Uncle Joey, that’s great! Who do I call? What do I do?” Bishop said, “I don’t know! Nobody called me!” The idea of playing Bishop struck a chord with Sandy. Bishop (one of Buddy’s best friends and a man the younger Hackett grew up with) was someone Sandy had long admired. He decided to pen his own show, recreating Bishop and his famous buddies, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. Hackett, together, with his beautiful and talented wife, producer / director / singer / songwriter, Lisa Dawn Miller, created and produce “Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show,” the most successful original live theatrical production of its kind. The show tours nationwide to great critical acclaim, earning thousands of fans from around the globe.
In 2014 Hackett successfully launched the premiere of his new show, “My Buddy,” a live theatrical production about the life of his father and the deep bond they shared. Directed by Miller, the show opened in 2014 to wonderful reviews and standing ovations at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and is now on tour throughout the U.S.
Hackett and Miller reside in Los Angeles with their two beautiful children, Oliver (15-year-old), an incredible young, singer/actor (who has already shared the stage with Stevie Wonder), and 9-year-old Ashleigh, an amazing young actress/dancer who has already shared the stage with her father and headlined the Charleston Kids Fair.