Brockett was one-half of the popular Pittsburgh comedy team, "Brockett and Barbara". He was also known for his annual comedic cinematic look at Pittsburgh, Forbidden Pittsburgh.
Brockett also had bit parts in the box-office smashes Flashdance and Houseguest, both of which were filmed in Pittsburgh. Barely six months after the release of Houseguest, Brockett died of a heart attack. Prior to his death, Brockett had been heavily involved in local charities, particularly with polio research. Brockett himself had been stricken with the disease as a child. His grave is located at Allegheny Cemetery.