Buddy Ebsen Net Worth

Buddy Ebsen Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Christian Ludolf Ebsen, Jr. net worth is
$2 Million

Christian Ludolf Ebsen, Jr. Wiki Biography

Christian Rudolph Ebsen Jr. was born on the 2nd April 1908, in Belleville, Illinois USA, of Danish and Latvian descent. He was an actor, dancer and entertainer, probably best known for the roles of Jed Clampett in the popular television series “The Beverly Hillbillies” (1962–1971) and the private detective in the series “Barnaby Jones” (1973–1980). Ebsen had been active in the entertainment industry from 1928 to 2001. He passed away in July 2003.

How rich was the actor? It was estimated by authoritative sources that the overall size of Buddy Ebsen’s net worth was as much as $2 million.

Buddy Ebsen Net Worth $2 Million

To begin with, he was the son of Christian Rudolf Ebsen, Sr. and Frances. He matriculated from high school in 1926, then from 1926 to 1927 he studied at the University of Florida, and then at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida in 1928. Financial problems in the family forced him to leave the university at the age of 20, and Ebsen moved to New York with only $26.75 in his pocket to try his luck as a dancer there. With his sister Vilma, they performed under the pseudonym The Baby Astaire and had some small roles on Broadway.

In 1936, the Ebsens family received a two-year contract at MGM; they moved to Hollywood and had their first film appearance in the film “Broadway Melody” (1936). Then Vilma Ebsen retired from show business, but Buddy got more roles in “Captain January” (1936), “Born to Dance” (1936) and “Banjo on My Knee” (1936). His flamboyant dance style earned him more roles, and in 1939 he landed the role of the Tin Man in “The Wizard of Oz”. His net worth was rising steadily.

During World War 2, Buddy served in the US Coast Guard, being honorably discharged in 1946. Afterwards, he created roles in the films including “Under Mexicali Stars” (1950), “Rodeo King and the Senorita” (1951), “Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier” (1954) and others. He also landed the role in television series “Davy Crockett” (1954-1955). He also starred as the significantly older husband of Audrey Hepburn in the comedy “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1960).

Probably the biggest impact on Ebsen’s career was the comedy series “The Beverly Hillbillies” (1962–1971) aired on CBS. The series had many fans and possessed high audience ratings, yet it was judged only moderately by critics. From 1973 to 1980 Ebsen continued his career as the title role of the television detective Barnaby Jones on CBS. He was also a speaker in the documentary series “Album Disney Family”.

Even after retirement, he landed many guest roles in various series. Ebsen was also active as a writer, releasing several novels and an autobiography, and he was also heard in several recordings as a singer and spokesman. Ebsen received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as well as a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame. The Walt Disney Company appointed him as a Disney Legend in 1993.

Finally, in the personal life of the actor, he had been married three times. His first wife with whom he had two daughters was Ruth Cambridge(1936-42). The second wife with whom he had four daughters and a son was Lieutenant Nancy Wolcott(1945-85), and his third wife was Dorothy Knott(1985-2003). Buddy Ebsen died from respiratory failure at Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Torrance, California, being 95 years old.

Full NameBuddy Ebsen
Net Worth$2 Million
Date Of Birth1908-04-02, Belleville, Illinois, U.S.
Died2003-07-06, Torrance, California, United States
Height1.92 m
ProfessionSinger, author, film, television, character actor
EducationOrlando High School, University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida
SpouseDorothy Knott (m. 1985–2003), Nancy Wolcott McKeown (m. 1945–1985), Ruth Cambridge (m. 1936–1942)
ChildrenKiki Ebsen, Dustin Ebsen, Bonnie Ebsen, Alix Ebsen, Susannah Ebsen, Elizabeth Ebsen, Cathy Ebsen
ParentsChristian Rudolf Ebsen, Sr. and Frances Ebsen
SiblingsVilma Ebsen, Leslie Ebsen, Helga Ebsen, Norma Ebsen
AwardsGolden Boot Awards (1984), TV Land Awards (2004)
Record LabelsSAG-AFTRA records
NominationsHollywood Walk of Fame (1960), St. Louis Walk of Fame
Movies"Whoopee", "Flying Colors", "They Met in Argentina" (1941), "Sing Your Worries Away" (1942), "Ziegfeld Follies of 1934", "Broadway Melody of 1936", "Born to Dance", "Captain January" (1936), "Broadway Melody of 1938", "The Wizard of Oz"
TV Shows"King of the Hill", "Bus Stop" (1961-1962), "The Andy Griffith Show", “The Beverly Hillbillies” (1962–1971), "Barnaby Jones" (1973–1980), "The Twilight Zone", "The Waiting Room", "Reading Rainbow", King of the Hill", "Disney Family Album", "Burke's Law" (1994)
1Towering height.
2The catchphrase "Wellll, doggies!"
3His deep, croaking, commanding voice
4The role of Jed Clampett in The Beverly Hillbillies (1962).
5His unusual, almost surreal dancing and singing style
1I can walk on any stage in the English-speaking world and say, 'Well, doggies!' and I'm home free.
2[For gaining popularity as the sixty-something Barbaby Jones]: With such a glut of private-eye shows, I didn't see how another one could succeed, I really thought the network was making a mistake.
3They had poise. They never felt out of place.
4[As to why he didn't want to star in The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), in the first place]: I was reluctant to do it, because I didn't think I had any business in this picture because it was gonna be all new people. And then Penelope got on the phone and finally persuaded me to do it. She felt that it was a good comedy notion, and I think it turned out she was right.
5[Who said in 1993 about an admirer Jim Varney playing his predecessor's role that made him famous, 3 decades ago]: I want to welcome Jim Varney into a very exclusive club. That's the Uncle Jed Club. There are hundreds of actors that have played Hamlet, but only two have played Jed Clampett.
6[on the effects of aluminum poisoning that forced his relinquishing the 'Tin Man' role] Production had been underway for ten days when, one night after dinner,I took a deep breath - and nothing happened! I felt like no air had reached my lungs... as though someone had coated them with glue. And my breathing was excruciatingly labored. I wondered if I was dying.
7[In 1993]: "It's therapeutic. When I get depressed, I just rent a cassette [of it] and I feel good. I don't have to see a doctor."
8[For gaining popularity for playing fifty-something Jed Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies]: "I don't see how people can see themselves or their friends in our show."
9[Who said in 1964 when his first given name was: Christian Rudolph Ebsen, Jr.]: "It was a German community, and the schools taught German as well as English. Although it was my first language, I never became fluent in it. When I was filming 'Night People' in Berlin, a few years ago, I was often complimented on my accent, but never on my vocabulary or grammar."
10[Who said in 1971 as to why he'd done things on tour rather than staying at home sailing one of his boats]: "Well, I've always loved the stage, and naturally it's been a long time since I played to a live audience. So I got this hankering, or itch, maybe it's almost like a disease"
11[About Cass Daley]: "Anyway, Cass Daley is with me in the cast of 10 and it's a happy group we have. I don't want to sound like a Don Quixote-type character, but I'm sort of on a one-man rampage to find out if there isn't a place on stage for good, clean fun, the kind of wholesome entertainment people used to enjoy some years back. And so far, the attendance on this tour has backed me up."
12They got a lot of very important people to make a comment about 'Hillbillies,' its position in the general tapestry of Americana.
13[When he was playing the saxophone, the same instrument that inspired future president Bill Clinton, to play it long after him]: "Sixty-seven years ago, I owned a saxophone and played in the high school band. I said, 'Shucks, if he can do it, I can.'"
14[Who believed in 1962 about The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) making it a surefire hit]: "It has several things going for it - including the scripts. First, there's the contrast between a historically primitive culture and an extremely modern one. And the simple one doesn't come off second best because the people are kind and direct. Then, there's the business about the country jakes with 25 million dollars who appear to be ripe for the slickers - but never get taken because of their basic honesty and goodness. People always like that - the story of the wise fools, a classic."
15[Who said in 1963 about his career before starring in The Beverly Hillbillies (1962)]: "I'm a straight man in the series. Jed is essentially not a comedy character, so my job is to set up the situations and the lines. Occasionally, Jed will make a droll observation and sometimes when the show is slanted toward him, I'll play in a comedy scene. But for the most part I feed lines to the others."
16My father was born in what used to be Denmark and later became part of Germany. After what my uncle told him about his experiences in the German army, my father thought he had better get out of the country fast. That's why he came to the United States when he was 16 and went to Chicago, where his sister had married the postmaster.
17[Where he spent most of his time aboard a weather ship outside of Seattle, where he doesn't consider a total loss]: "I met my present wife Nancy during the war. She was in the Coast Guard, too, and stationed in Seattle as a communications officer. We were both lieutenants, j.g., but I got my extra half stripe before we got married, so I outranked her."
18[Who said in 1977 about his tune, The September Song, taken from Knickerbocker Holiday]: "I don't consider 'September Song' a survivor song, but there is one line which expresses why I'll never retire. That's these few golden days I'll spend with you."
19[Who was still going on strong with his Barnaby Jones character]: "After this, I'll just get into something else. Some other job. I can't do nothing."
20I have about six plays and I want to write 'My First 50 Years in Show Business.' My mother, God bless her, saved every letter from 1928 on. Every clipping pictures. She squirreled it all away.
21[When he had a lot of time writing, Mark Shera, joined the cast of Barnaby Jones (1973), as J.R.]: "I said we have two clever people on the show. Lee Meriwether and Mark Shera. I said why don't you do a number of shows in which they carry the load. They agreed to that and it gives me more time to do the things I want to do."
22[Of his Barnaby Jones character]: "Barnaby is more of a fox. He counterpunches. Let's somebody make a mistake and he capitalizes on it."
23[on being a best-selling author]: "Writing fiction, there are no limits to what you write as long as it increases the value of the paper you are writing on."
24[Who said as to why The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) was his favorite TV series to date]: "The one flaw in this is that you can't hear the people laughing."
25[Who said in 1965 about his stage performances]: "I probably enjoyed show business most when I was doing plays like 'The Male Animal' and 'Good Night, Ladies,' when people would lay down their money and laugh and you'd see them walk out happy. By God, I'd feel honest. I could go home with a good taste in my mouth. You'd feel better, you'd feel more alive and like you were justifying your existence."
26[Who thought in 1973 for a while about the Barnaby Jones character he portrayed]: "Besides being older, he approaches problems more calmly. Not that he's incapable of being worked up. He has compassion for the victim, compassion for the bereaved and compassion really for the convicted. Not that he's soft. He's a embodiment of what someone once said about a tough skipper-he's hard, but he's fair."
27I've been typecast as various things in my career. As a cute little-well, not-so-little, brother-sister dance team. I got by that and that was deliberate. I played heavies for about eight or nine years. It was my agent's idea. He said we'd have to break this mold.
28[When asked why he had returned to the rigors of a weekly show (Matt Houston (1982)), at the age of 76. (1984)]: "I'm used to getting up at dawn and going to the studio to be with my pals on the set. It's my lifestyle and I wouldn't trade it for any other."
29'As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.' Often the values of the influences imposed on us by our mothers and fathers, our teachers and certain friends, are not realized until years later, when we, as a sailor does, look back at our wakes to determine the course we have steered that got us to where we are. Today when I look back, then look around me to see with whom I am standing, I fully realize the influence on my life that must be credited to DeMolay.
30You get more negative reactions than positive reactions as you go through life, and the big lesson is nobody counts you out but yourself...I never have, I never will.
31[Commenting on having written a romance novel at age 93]: "There are a lot of mes."
32You take a blank piece of paper and, whatever you're thinking, you write it down. I'm very satisfied if, in my mind, it increased the value of the paper. That's what writing should do. It should increase the value of the paper.
1Bore a slight resemblance and sounded like Peter Graves.
2Had often fallen asleep in his car and fallen asleep standing up, on the set of Barnaby Jones (1973).
3He was most widely known to be a social butterfly.
4Had commuted from his Newport Beach house to Los Angeles, every weekend for 8 1/2 seasons, while starring in Barnaby Jones (1973).
5His daughter, Bonnie Ebsen, had guest-starred on Barnaby Jones (1973).
6Had known Max Baer Jr.'s family, when Max was just a little boy. Years later, all grown up, Baer Jr. would co-star opposite Ebsen in The Beverly Hillbillies (1962).
7He was known to be a very busy actor.
8Had taught his The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) co-star, Max Baer Jr., how to sail, when sailing wasn't his cup of tea.
9Had many times sailed with James Arness.
10On both of his shows, The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) and Barnaby Jones (1973), his characters danced in a few episodes, in real-life, Ebsen was also a dancer.
11Had a photographic memory. According to his Barnaby Jones (1973) co-star, Lee Meriwether, she said in an interview, Ebsen had a wonderful memory and would put his lines down immediately.
12According to his The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) co-star, Donna Douglas, she said in an interview, that she reminded Ebsen of her late father. She also said in the same interview, most of her scenes, on that show were with Ebsen.
13His good friend Ruth Warrick, and his former Barnaby Jones (1973) co-star, Lee Meriwether, both starred in the long-running daytime soap opera, All My Children (1970), from 1996 to 1998.
14Ebsen had exchanged guitar lessons, with Fess Parker, who took dancing lessons.
15Began his second show Barnaby Jones (1973) at age 64.
16Said in an interview that his favorite show was The Beverly Hillbillies (1962).
17Began writing songs in high school.
18In 1962, Ebsen was one of the actors to have joined the ranks of other sitcom male lead stars, such as John Forsythe, Andy Griffith, Danny Thomas, Alan Young, Robert Young, Fred MacMurray and Ernest Borgnine (whose sitcom McHale's Navy (1962), debuted just 2 weeks after Ebsen's) to star in his own popular sitcom, The Beverly Hillbillies (1962).
19Behind Mickey Rooney and Bob Hope, Ebsen was the third actor ever to have an extended acting career, longer than anybody else in the business.
20Was the producers first choice for the lead role of Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier (1955), but lost the role to fellow actor Fess Parker. Ebsen played Parker's sidekick in the series.
21Before he was a successful actor, in the 1930s, he formed a vaudeville act with his sister, Vilma Ebsen, performing throughout the country.
22He and his third wife, Dorothy Knott, were stopped by a police officer. Then he stuck his head in the window, looked at Ebsen and said, 'Georgie Russell!' That was the only time that a cop has let either him and his wife off, by not giving them a ticket.
23Longtime friends of Ruth Warrick, Michael Landon, James Arness and Cameron Mitchell.
24When Ebsen was in his early 20s, he traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he participated in a lot of plays: 'Whoopee,' 'The Male Animal,' and 'Apple of His Eye.'.
25Ebsen had a unique Disney connection. It was Disney that hired him in 1955 for the Davy Crockett series that ended an almost 20 year absence from leading movie roles after he rejected MGM's 1938 contract offer. Disney, however, appears to have always been a "good luck" charm for Ebsen. In his first film, Broadway Melody of 1936, in his first scene he is wearing a Mickey Mouse sweater. Ebsen appeared just a few years later in the followup film, Broadway Melody of 1938. In the second scene in which he appears, he is wearing a Donald Duck sweater/shirt.
26Between The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) and Barnaby Jones (1973), he had roles on television for 18 consecutive seasons.
27Was one of the two actors to appear in every episode of Barnaby Jones (1973).
28Appeared on the front cover of TV Guide 8 times.
29Buddy Ebsen died on July 6, 2003. Just 3 weeks after his death, his longtime best friend, comedian Bob Hope, passed away.
30Was a spokesperson for the United Way in the late 1960s-early 1970s.
31Had purchased the 4,398 square ft. house in Palos Verdes Estates, California, in, late 1985, and lived there until his death. The house was sold in 2007.
32Attended Michael Landon's funeral in 1991.
33He was set to make a cameo appearance on Son of the Beach (2000), but was forced to cancel it due to failing health.
34Ebsen became embroiled in a contract dispute with MGM that left him idle for long periods.
35Published his first novel: "Kelly's Quest." He is writing a novel based on his Barnaby Jones character. [April 2001]
36Was a Boy Scout.
37Had began writing since high school.
38Celebrated his 84th birthday at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California in 1992. Among the guests were Donna Douglas, Max Baer Jr., his widow, Dorothy Knott, Leigh Taylor-Young, Barbara Eden, Fess Parker, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy, Jacklyn Zeman, Kin Shriner, Anthony Geary, Lee Horsley, Steve Allen, Pierce Brosnan, Milton Berle, Norm Crosby, Ray Conniff, Terry Moore, Ruth Warrick, Penny Singleton Joseph Cotten, Lew Ayres, Ann Rutherford, Virginia Mayo, Yvonne De Carlo, Jane Powell and Tony Martin.
39Was good friends with Eddie Albert, where the two began their lifelong friendship from 1956 until Ebsen's own death in 2003. He worked with him on Attack (1956) and The Beverly Hillbillies (1962).
40Survived by 7 children and 2 nephews.
41Despite being an average student at Orlando High School, he was a member of the swimming team, which he participated all 4 years, who became a Florida State Champion. He also played football his senior year.
42Ebsen's family moved to Palm Beach, Florida, in 1919, at age 11, to help his mother's aggravated sickness.
43Before he was a successful actor, he did everything from being a lifeguard to being a waiter.
44Before his death, both of his ex-The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) co-stars, Donna Douglas and Max Baer Jr., went to visit him in the hospital, during his final days.
45His birthplace, Belleville, Illinois, is located 16 miles East of St. Louis, Missouri.
46Had been an entertainer since the age of 20.
47Longtime best friend Fess Parker attended his funeral.
48On Barnaby Jones (1973), he played a private eye detective, on Matt Houston (1982), he also played a private eye detective.
49Was a longtime friend of Dick Van Dyke, who hosted his memorial service on 30 August 2003.
50Began his television series The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) at age 54.
51Was one of the three actors who appeared in every episode of The Beverly Hillbillies (1962).
52Was approached by Paul Henning for his first choice as the lead role of Jed Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies (1962).
53Worked with William Conrad in episodes of both shows: Barnaby Jones (1973), which Conrad appeared on the first episode, and another afterwards and Cannon (1971).
54Was Quinn Martin's first choice for the lead role of Barnaby Jones (1973), he accepted it, which was his comeback to television, after a 2 year absence.
55Dancing ran in his family.
56Long lives ran in his family.
57His second ex-wife, Nancy Wolcott McKeown, died on May 14, 2008, just 1 day before her 90th birthday.
58German was his first language.
59Met Nancy Wolcott, when he was serving as a Coast Guard in World War II. The two would remain married, for 40 years, until their divorce in 1985.
60Upon his death, he was cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea.
61After his final guest-starring role on King of the Hill (1997), he retired from acting at age 91.
62Before he was a successful actor, he worked at a soda fountain shop.
63When he turned to acting, he and the rest of his family were financially broke.
64Began his contract career at MGM in 1935.
65Met Fess Parker, when they were both under contract at Disney, where the two began a lifelong friendship, from 1954 until Ebsen's own death in 2003. He was 16 years Parker's senior.
66On The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), his character always wore a tattered hat, a tan coat, blue jeans and a fake mustache, in real-life, he wore none of those, ex. his blue jeans.
67Got the nickname 'Buddy' from his aunt, so Christian changed his name to Buddy Ebsen.
68Buddy Ebsen died on July 6, 2003. Just three months before his death, he celebrated his 95th birthday, on April 2.
69Didn't start acting until he was age 28.
70Moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1935.
71Dropped out of college, to pursue showbiz.
72Acting mentor and friends of Donna Douglas, Max Baer Jr. and Lee Meriwether.
73Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1765 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
74When he left Florida to arrive in New York City in 1928, he had $26.75 in his pocket. He and Vilma both formed the act, while attending supper clubs. In Vaudeville, they were known as "The Baby Astaires".
75Future game show host Bob Barker, talk show host Jerry Springer and comedians Jim Varney, Drew Carey and Graham Elwood, all said Ebsen was their childhood television hero.
76While filming Barnaby Jones (1973), he was hospitalized with pains in his legs. [2 July 1976].
77Graduated from Orlando High School in Orlando, Florida, in 1926.
78Remained friends with Donna Douglas and Max Baer Jr. during and after The Beverly Hillbillies (1962).
79Remained friends with Lee Meriwether during and after Barnaby Jones (1973).
80Of Danish and Latvian descent.
81At age 12, his family moved to Orlando, Florida, where Ebsen was raised.
82Before he was a successful actor, he was a successful singer and dancer.
83Was very good friends with: Fess Parker, Raymond Bailey, Irene Ryan, Eddie Albert, Frank Cady, Bea Benaderet, Cameron Mitchell, Broderick Crawford, Robert Conrad, Larry Manetti, Shirley Temple, Jane Withers, Eleanor Powell, Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, John Wayne, James Arness, Dick Van Dyke, William Shatner, Ray Bolger, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Kenneth Tobey, Donald O'Connor, Florence Rice, Vilma Ebsen, Fred Astaire, Jonathan Winters, Una Merkel, Paul Henning, Linda Henning, Keith Larsen, John Carter, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Fred MacMurray, Tony Martin, Ruth Warrick, Jane Wyman, Beverly Garland, Mickey Rooney, Ruta Lee, Clint Eastwood, Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Charles Lane and Patricia Neal.
84He had 15 hobbies over his long life: dancing, playing guitar, coin collecting, swimming, golfing, riding horses, sailing, painting, building sailboats, spending time with his family, politics, gardening, fishing, traveling and singing.
85His series The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) was canceled at the end of the ninth season, because of the infamous rural purge that axed all shows in 1971.
86His series Barnaby Jones (1973) was canceled at the end of the eighth season, because Buddy had decided to retire from acting.
87After he died, his family sent Shirley Temple an invitation to his memorial, but she declined.
88Co-founder of the Beverly Hills Coin Club with a young, unknown actor, Chris Aable.
89His former Barnaby Jones (1973) co-star, Lee Meriwether, said he reminded her a lot of Ray MacDonnell, with whom she had a wonderful relationship on All My Children (1970).
90Almost all of his sisters lived long lives, just like Buddy himself. Helga died in 1994, at the age of 92 and Norma died in 1996, also at the age of 92. His sister, Vilma, died in 2007, just four years after her brother's own death.
91Son Dustin Ebsen is married to Stan Freberg 's daughter Donna.
92Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 161-163. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
93Best remembered by the public for his starring role as Jed Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) or as the lead role on Barnaby Jones (1973).
94He and his The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) co-star, Donna Douglas, had a lot in common. Like Buddy, she too is a successful singer (of gospel), is also a character actress, and is also a Republican.
95Owned a 36-acre ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains.
96He served in the Coast Guard during World War II as the executive officer on the Pocatello, a submarine chaser in the North Pacific.
97Fathered two daughters, Elizabeth Ebsen and Alix Ebsen, with his first wife, Ruth. Had five additional children (Susannah, Cathy, Bonnie Ebsen, Kiersten Kiki Ebsen, and Dustin Ebsen) with his second wife, Nancy.
98He and sister Vilma Ebsen performed in vaudeville doing variations on the same theme -- with Vilma playing a dancing instructor who teaches the seemingly uncoordinated country doofas Buddy how to dance. A vaudeville showstopper in such shows as "Whoopee!", "Flying Colors" and "The Ziegfeld Follies of 1934", they were known for a time as "The Baby Astaires".
99Had four sisters - Helga, Norma, Vilma Ebsen and Leslie. He was the middle child.
100Set up the Ebsen School of Dance in Pacific Palisades, California. When Buddy was young, his father, a physical fitness advocate, taught dance in West Palm Beach, Florida. This is where Buddy and younger sister Vilma Ebsen learned their craft and they appeared in local and school productions.
101In the last two years of his life, he recorded his first CD in which he sang some of his own songs.
102Taught Judy Garland the shim-sham shimmy while they were at MGM.
103Appeared in three musical film extravaganzas starring tap great Eleanor Powell.
104Was initiated into DeMolay at the John M. Cheney Chapter in Orlando Florida, in 1926. DeMolay is a Masonic youth organization for young men between 12 and 21. Was inducted into the DeMolay Hall of Fame on June 21, 1996.
105Wrote a half dozen plays, five of which were produced, including a farce called Honest John in 1948 and Champagne General in 1973, a Civil War story. Also a part-time songwriter, he became a newly-published author of a romantic novel at the age of 93, titled Kelly's Quest.
106One of his last roles was a gag cameo in The Beverly Hillbillies (1993) in which Jim Varney played Jed Clampett. Ebsen showed up as Barnaby Jones.
107His father owned a dance studio, and when Ebsen was a young boy insisted that he take dance lessons.
108Director Norman Foster first recommended Ebsen to Walt Disney to play Davy Crockett, and Disney was "half sold" on the idea. Then Disney saw Fess Parker in the sci-fi film Them! (1954) and cast the strapping actor as the famed frontiersman. Ebsen was crestfallen because he knew how big the picture would be. The next day the studio signed Ebsen on as Crockett's weatherbeaten sidekick, Georgie Russel. The part helped to turn his career around and arguably played a part in Ebsen's getting the role of the equally grizzled and popular Jed Clampett.
109Initially wanted to become a doctor. He took premed courses at Rollins College and the University of Florida, but his mother persuaded him into show business.
110In 1938, MGM offered him a seven-year contract, starting at $2,000 a week but requiring him to give the studio absolute control over his career. He rejected it. MGM blackballed him and his film career went into eclipse for nearly 20 years, until Walt Disney hired him to play Georgie Russel, Davy Crockett's sidekick, in Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier (1955).
111After seeing Ebsen in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), the creator of The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) wanted him to play family patriarch Jed Clampett. At the time, Ebsen was thinking of retiring, but the producers sent him a copy of the script, and he changed his mind.
112An outspoken Republican, he helped defeat Nancy Kulp, his co-star in The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), in her 1984 Democratic congressional bid in Pennsylvania. Ebsen made radio ads for her opponent accusing Kulp of being "too liberal" and not good for the district. The two did not speak for years after the incident, but eventually settled their differences.
113Originally cast as the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz (1939), Buddy was hospitalized as a result of inhaling aluminum powder used as part of his make-up. One chorus of "We're Off to See the Wizard" in the movie and soundtrack album retain Ebsen's original vocals as the Tin Man, recorded before he was forced to leave the production. Because of the prolonged hospitalization, he was replaced by Jack Haley (whose reformulated make-up used pre-mixed aluminium dust), and Ebsen's scenes were re-shot using Haley. Footage of Ebsen as the Tin Man still exists, and was included as an extra with the U.S. 50th anniversary video release of The Wizard of Oz (1939).
114Became a bestselling author at age 93. [2001]
115Had surgery on June 10, 1998 to repair an aortic valve in his heart.
116Attended Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida shortly before starting his film career.
117In the 1930s, Disney animators filmed him dancing in front of a grid to "choreograph" Wayne Allwine's dance steps for the Silly Symphony cartoons.
118His first wife, Ruth, was originally Walter Winchell's secretary/Girl Friday.


The Bastard1978TV MovieBenjamin Edes
Leave Yesterday Behind1978TV MovieDoc
Smash-Up on Interstate 51976TV MovieAl Pearson
The Tiny Tree1975TV ShortSquire Badger (Narrator) (voice)
Cannon1975TV SeriesBarnaby Jones
The President's Plane Is Missing1973TV MovieVice President Kermit Madigan
Tom Sawyer1973TV MovieMuff Potter
The Horror at 37,000 Feet1973TV MovieGlenn Farlee
Alias Smith and Jones1972TV SeriesPhil Archer / George Austin
The Daughters of Joshua Cabe1972TV MovieJoshua Cabe
Night Gallery1972TV SeriesDoc Soames (segment "The Waiting Room")
Bonanza1959-1972TV SeriesCactus Murphy / Sheriff Jesse Sanders
Gunsmoke1960-1971TV SeriesDrago / Print Quimby / Hannibal Bass
Hawaii Five-O1971TV SeriesProfessor Ambrose Pierce
The Beverly Hillbillies1962-1971TV SeriesJed Clampett
The Andersonville Trial1970TV MovieDr. John Bates
The Dean Martin Show1970TV Series
The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band1968Calvin Bower
The Red Skelton Hour1966TV SeriesJed Clampett
Mr. Kingston1964TV Movie
Mail Order Bride1964Will Lane
The Interns1962Dr. Sidney Wohl
Checkmate1962TV SeriesPete O'Mara
Westinghouse Presents: That's Where the Town Is Going1962TV MovieGeorge Prebble
Tales of Wells Fargo1960-1962TV SeriesLou Reese
Rawhide1960-1962TV SeriesGeorge Stimson / Will Kinch
King of Diamonds1962TV SeriesAnderson
Adventures in Paradise1961TV SeriesBen Curtis
Bus Stop1961TV SeriesVirge Blessing
Have Gun - Will Travel1961TV SeriesBram Holden / Marshal Elmo Crane
The Andy Griffith Show1961TV SeriesDavid Browne
Breakfast at Tiffany's1961Doc Golightly
The Barbara Stanwyck Show1961TV SeriesDr. Mark Carroll
Gunslinger1961TV SeriesJed Spangler
The Twilight Zone1961TV SeriesJimbo Cobb
77 Sunset Strip1961TV SeriesBaxter Kellogg
Maverick1959-1961TV SeriesNero Lyme / Rumsey Plumb / Sheriff Scratch Madden
The Best of the Post1961TV SeriesThe Trumpet Man
Bronco1960TV SeriesSergeant Cass
Riverboat1960TV SeriesNiles Cox
General Electric Theater1960TV SeriesPa Jericho
Johnny Ringo1960TV SeriesMatt Sample
Lock Up1960TV SeriesCurly Simmons
Black Saddle1960TV SeriesGurney Rhodes
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse1959TV SeriesBret
Playhouse 901958-1959TV SeriesFroelich / Phil
Northwest Passage1958-1959TV SeriesSergeant Hunk Marriner Hunk Marriner
Climax!1957TV SeriesGaffney / Ben
Lux Video Theatre1957TV SeriesPaul
Strange Stories1956TV Series
Between Heaven and Hell1956Pvt. Willie Crawford
Attack1956Sfc. Tolliver - Fox Co.
Screen Directors Playhouse1956TV SeriesFred
Studio 571956TV SeriesIra Farr
Corky and White Shadow1956TV SeriesSheriff Matt Brady
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1954-1955TV SeriesGeorge Russel
The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater1955TV SeriesMike Applegate
Night People1954Sgt. Eddie McColloch
Omnibus1954TV SeriesPat Humbert
Red Garters1954Ginger Pete
Schlitz Playhouse1952TV SeriesRipplehissian gang
Broadway Television Theatre1952TV SeriesWilliam Magee / Henry Williams / Preston Mitchell / ...
Gruen Guild Theater1952TV Seriesthe Genie
Chevron Theatre1952TV Series
Utah Wagon Train1951Snooper
Rodeo King and the Senorita1951Muscles Benton
Stars Over Hollywood1951TV Series
Thunder in God's Country1951Happy Hooper
Silver City Bonanza1951Gabe Horne
Under Mexicali Stars1950Homer Oglethorpe
The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre1949TV Series
Sing Your Worries Away1942Tommy Jones
Parachute Battalion1941Jeff Hollis
They Met in Argentina1941Duke Ferrel
The Wizard of Oz1939The Tin Man (singing voice, uncredited)
The Kid from Texas1939'Snifty'
Four Girls in White1939Express
My Lucky Star1938Buddy
Yellow Jack1938'Jellybeans'
The Girl of the Golden West1938'Alabama'
Broadway Melody of 19381937Peter Trot
Banjo on My Knee1936Buddy
Born to Dance1936'Mush' Tracy
Captain January1936Paul Roberts
Broadway Melody of 19361935Ted
King of the Hill1999TV SeriesChet Elderson
Burke's Law1994TV SeriesLouie Pike
The Beverly Hillbillies1993Barnaby Jones
Working Tra$h1990TV MovieVandevere Lodge
CBS Summer Playhouse1987TV SeriesBuddy Tucker
Stone Fox1987TV MovieGrandpa
Milroy: Santa's Misfit Mutt1987Video shortSanta Claus (voice)
Matt Houston1984-1985TV SeriesRoy Houston
Finder of Lost Loves1984TV SeriesWalter Lewis
The Yellow Rose1984TV SeriesToat Gilmore
Fire on the Mountain1981TV MovieJohn Vogelin
The Return of the Beverly Hillbillies1981TV MovieJed Clampett
Barnaby Jones1973-1980TV SeriesBarnaby Jones
The Paradise Connection1979TV MovieStuart Douglas
The Critical List1978TV MovieCharles Sprague


Quest for Camelot Sing-Alongs1998Video short performer: "We're Off To See The Wizard"
That's Entertainment! III1994Documentary performer: "Follow in My Footsteps" 1937 - uncredited
Milroy: Santa's Misfit Mutt1987Video short performer: "Santa's Song"
Living Seas1986TV Movie performer: "At the Codfish Ball"
The 31st Annual Tony Awards1977TV Special performer: "I'm Still Here", "September Song"
The Tiny Tree1975TV Short performer: "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day", "Minuet For Clarinet"
That's Entertainment!1974performer: "Your Broadway and My Broadway" 1937 - uncredited
A Family Thing1968TV Special performer: "Consider Yourself", "The Old Soft Shoe", "What the World Needs Now Is Love"
The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band1968performer: "Oh, Benjamin Harrison"
The Danny Kaye Show1964TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Beverly Hillbillies1962-1963TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Grand Ole Opry1956TV Series performer - 1 episode
MGM Parade1955TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dateline: Disneyland1955TV Special documentary performer: "Bang! Went Old Betsy"
Red Garters1954performer: "Lady Killer"
Behave Yourself!1951"Behave Yourself!"
The Ed Wynn Show1949TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sing Your Worries Away1942performer: "Sing Your Worries Away" 1942, "Cindy Lou McWilliams" 1942, "Sally"
Parachute Battalion1941performer: "The Arkansas Traveler" - uncredited
They Met in Argentina1941"North America Meets South America", "I Congratulate You, Mr Cowboy", uncredited / performer: "I Congratulate You, Mr Cowboy", "You've Got the Best of Me", "Lolita", "Cutting the Cane", "Never Go to Argentina If You Don't Dance" - uncredited
The Wizard of Oz1939performer: "We're Off To See The Wizard" 1939, "If I Only Had the Nerve/We're Off To See The Wizard" 1939 - uncredited
The Kid from Texas1939performer: "Right in the Middle of Texas" 1939
My Lucky Star1938performer: "Could You Pass in Love?", "This May Be the Night", "I've Got a Date with a Dream"
The Girl of the Golden West1938performer: "The Wind In The Trees" 1938, "The West Ain't Wild Anymore" 1938 - uncredited
Broadway Melody of 19381937performer: "Yours and Mine" 1937, "Follow in My Footsteps" 1937, "Your Broadway and My Broadway" 1937 - uncredited
Banjo on My Knee1936performer: "With a Banjo on My Knee" 1936
Born to Dance1936performer: "Rolling Home" 1936 uncredited, "Hey, Babe, Hey" 1936, "Easy to Love" 1936 uncredited, "Swingin' the Jinx Away" 1936 uncredited
Captain January1936performer: "At the Codfish Ball" 1936, "The Sailor's Hornpipe" uncredited
Broadway Melody of 19361935performer: "Broadway Rhythm" 1935, "Sing Before Breakfast" 1935, "On a Sunday Afternoon" 1935 - uncredited


The Paradise Connection1979TV Movie producer


Walt: The Man Behind the Myth2001TV Movie documentary grateful acknowledgment


American Masters2004TV Series documentaryHimself - Actor
Walt: The Man Behind the Myth2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Memories of Oz2001TV Special short documentaryHimself
Pioneers of Primetime1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
Vicki!1994TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994TV SeriesHimself
The Legend of the Beverly Hillbillies1993TV Special documentaryJed Clampett
Jerry Springer1993TV SeriesHimself
One on One with John Tesh1991TV SeriesHimself
Hard Copy1990TV SeriesHimself
The Morning Program1987TV SeriesHimself
The Disney Family Album1984-1986TV Series documentaryNarrator / Himself / George Russel
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan1985TV SpecialHimself
The Annual Friars Club Tribute Presents a Salute to Gene Kelly1985TV MovieHimself
Reading Rainbow1985TV SeriesHimself
Hardcastle and McCormick1983TV SeriesHimself
The 8th Annual People's Choice Awards1982TV SpecialHimself
Kraft Salutes Disneyland's 25th Anniversary1980TV SpecialHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1972-1980TV SeriesHimself - Actor
Good Morning America1980TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1979TV SeriesHimself
The 5th Annual People's Choice Awards1979TV SpecialHimself
NBC Salutes the 25th Anniversary of the Wonderful World of Disney1978TV Movie documentaryHimself
CBS: On the Air1978TV Mini-Series documentaryCo-host - part IV
The People's Command Performance1978TV SpecialHimself - Host
CBS Galaxy1977TV SpecialHimself - Guest
The 31st Annual Tony Awards1977TV SpecialHimself - Host, Performer & Presenter: Best Actress in a Play & Best Choreography
Dinah!1976TV SeriesHimself
The 29th Annual Tony Awards1975TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
At Long Last Cole1975TV MovieHimself
Tony Orlando and Dawn1975TV SeriesHimself
The Carol Burnett Show1975TV SeriesHimself
ABC Late Night1974TV SeriesHimself
Walt Disney: A Golden Anniversary Salute1973TV SpecialHimself
This Is Your Life1971TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters1969TV SeriesHimself
A Family Thing1968TV SpecialHimself
The Jonathan Winters Show1968TV SeriesHimself
The Dean Martin Show1967-1968TV SeriesHimself
The Dean Martin Summer Show1966TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Talent Scouts1966TV SeriesHimself
The Danny Kaye Show1964-1965TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Palace1964-1965TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Host
The Entertainers1965TV SeriesHimself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium1964TV SeriesHimself
The Andy Williams Show1963TV SeriesHimself
The Bing Crosby Show1963TV SeriesHimself
CBS: The Stars' Address1963TV MovieHimself
The Bob Hope Show1963TV SeriesHimself
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1958TV SeriesHimself - Northwest Passage
Disneyland, U.S.A.1956Documentary shortHimself - as George Russel
Grand Ole Opry1956TV SeriesHimself
Dateline: Disneyland1955TV Special documentaryHimself
The Martha Raye Show1954TV SeriesHimself
All Star Revue1951TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Wynn Show1949TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Hobbies1939ShortHimself (uncredited)
Houston Post Contest Winners Arrive in Los Angeles1939ShortHimself

Archive Footage

The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryJed Clampett
Family Band: The Cowsills Story2011DocumentaryHimself
Pioneers of Television2011TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
To Oz! The Making of a Classic2009Video documentary shortHimself
The Yellow Brick Road and Beyond2009Video documentaryHimself
TV Land Moguls2009TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
CMT: The Greatest - 20 Greatest Country Comedy Shows2006TV SpecialJed Clampett
Biography1994-2005TV Series documentaryHimself / George Russel in 'Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier'
Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years2005Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
The 76th Annual Academy Awards2004TV SpecialHimself (Memorial Tribute)
'Weird Al' Yankovic: The Ultimate Video Collection2003VideoJed Clampett (Beverly Hillbillies) (uncredited)
E! True Hollywood Story2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Television: The First Fifty Years1999Video documentaryJed Clampett
'Weird Al' Yankovic: The Videos1996VideoJed Clampett (Beverly Hillbillies)
Bad Hair Day: The Videos1996Video shortJed Clampett (Beverly Hillbillies) (uncredited)
That's Entertainment! III1994DocumentaryPerformer in Clip from 'Broadway Melody of 1938' (uncredited)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic1990TV Movie documentaryHimself
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah1986Video shortGeorge Russell
The Carol Burnett Show1978TV SeriesHimself
Fred Astaire Salutes the Fox Musicals1974TV MovieHimself
That's Entertainment!1974Clip from 'Broadway Melody of 1938'
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1972TV SeriesCalvin Bower
Fury River1961Sergeant Hunk Marriner
Mission of Danger1960Hunk Marriner
Frontier Rangers1959Sergeant Hunk Marriner
Davy Crockett and the River Pirates1956George Russel
Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier1955George Russel

Won Awards

2004TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsFavorite "Fish Out of Water"The Beverly Hillbillies (1962)
1984Golden BootGolden Boot Awards
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 1765 Vine Street.

Known for movies

IMDB Wikipedia

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.