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  • BIRTH 02/04/1908
  • DEATH 06/07/2003
  • Country United States
  • SHOWS 15
  • MOVIES 20

Buddy Ebsen

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Christian Ludolf "Buddy" Ebsen Jr. (April 2, 1908 – July 6, 2003) was an American actor and dancer, whose career spanned seven decades, including the role of Jed Clampett in the CBS television sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–1971) and the title character in the television detective drama Barnaby Jones (1973–1980), also on CBS.[3] The SAG-AFTRA records also show him as Frank "Buddy" Ebsen.

A performer for seven decades, he had starring roles as Jed Clampett in the long-running television series "The Beverly Hillbillies" and as the title character in the 1970s detective series "Barnaby Jones".

Ebsen was cast as the original Tin Man in 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz", but fell ill, reacting to the aluminum dust in his makeup, and was forced to drop out of the film.

Ebsen made his television debut on an episode of The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre in 1949. This led to television appearances in: Stars Over Hollywood, Gruen Guild Playhouse, four episodes of Broadway Television Theatre, Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, Corky and White Shadow, the H.J. Heinz Company's Studio 57, Screen Directors Playhouse, two episodes of Climax!, Tales of Wells Fargo, The Martha Raye Show, Playhouse 90, Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, Johnny Ringo, two episodes of Bonanza, three episodes of Maverick (in which he portrayed assorted homicidal villains), and 77 Sunset Strip. Ebsen received wide television exposure when he played Georgie Russel, a role based on a historical person and companion to frontiersman Davy Crockett, in the Disneyland television miniseries Davy Crockett (1954–1955).

In the 1958–1959 season, Ebsen co-starred in the 26-episode half-hour NBC television adventure series Northwest Passage. This series was a fictionalized account of Major Robert Rogers, a colonial American fighter for the British in the French and Indian War. Ebsen played the role of Sergeant Hunk Marriner; Keith Larsen played Rogers.

In 1960, Ebsen appeared in episodes of the television series Rawhide, in the episodes "The Pitchwagon" and Tales of Wells Fargo, which he reprised in episodes of both series during 1962 in the roles of different characters. Also in 1960, Ebsen played in season 4 episode 30 of Have Gun, Will Travel called "El Paso Stage", as a corrupt marshal.

From 1961 to 1962, Ebsen had a recurring role as Virge Blessing in the ABC drama series Bus Stop, the story of travelers passing through the bus station and diner in the fictitious town of Sunrise, Colorado. Robert Altman directed several episodes. Arthur O'Connell had played Virge Blessing in the earlier film version on which the series was loosely based. Ebsen also appeared as "Mr. Dave" Browne, a homeless hobo, on The Andy Griffith Show opposite Ron Howard, and as Jimbo Cobb in The Twilight Zone episode "The Prime Mover" (season 2, episode 21) in 1961.

Buddy Ebsen

Shows (15)

The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
Jimbo Cobb
Hawaii Five-O
Hawaii Five-O
Professor Ambrose Pierce
Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
Drago / Hannibal / Quimby
King of the Hill
King of the Hill
Chet Elderson (voice)
Bonanza
Bonanza
Cactus Murphy / Sheriff Jesse Sanders
Rawhide
Rawhide
George Stimson
Cannon
Cannon
Barnaby Jones
The Andy Griffith Show
The Andy Griffith Show
David Browne
Barnaby Jones
Barnaby Jones
Barnaby Jones
Matt Houston
Matt Houston
Roy Houston
Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett
George Russel
Tony Awards
Tony Awards
Self - Host
General Electric Theater
General Electric Theater
Pa Jericho
The Carol Burnett Show
The Carol Burnett Show
Self
Checkmate
Checkmate
Pete O'Mara

Movies (20)

Breakfast at Tiffany's
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Doc Golightly
Davy Crockett and the River Pirates
Davy Crockett and the River Pirates
George Russel
Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
George Russel
Night People
Night People
M/Sgt. Eddie McColloch
The Beverly Hillbillies
The Beverly Hillbillies
Barnaby Jones
Leave Yesterday Behind
Leave Yesterday Behind
Doc
Working Tra$h
Working Tra$h
Vandevere Lodge
Under Mexicali Stars
Under Mexicali Stars
Homer Oglethorpe
Attack
Attack
Tolliver
Stone Fox
Stone Fox
Grandpa
The Horror at 37,000 Feet
The Horror at 37,000 Feet
Glenn Farlee
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic
Self (archive footage)
The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band
The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family…
Calvin Bower
The President's Plane Is Missing
The President's Plane Is Missing
Vice President Kermit Madigan
Tom Sawyer
Tom Sawyer
Muff Potter
Davy Crockett at the Alamo
Davy Crockett at the Alamo
George Russel
The Return of the Beverly Hillbillies
The Return of the Beverly Hillbillies
Jed Clampett
Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter
Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter
George Russel
Between Heaven and Hell
Between Heaven and Hell
Pvt. Willie Crawford
Davy Crockett Goes to Congress
Davy Crockett Goes to Congress
George Russel