Buddy Ebsen

Buddy Ebsen

Age
95 (passed away Jul. 6th, 2003)
Birthday
Apr. 2nd, 1908
Born in
Belleville, Illinois, USA
Height
6' 3"

Buddy Ebsen's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Beverly Hillbillies TV Show
The Beverly Hillbillies
Barnaby Jones TV Show
Barnaby Jones
Bus Stop TV Show
Bus Stop
Northwest Passage TV Show
Northwest Passage
 

Main Movie Roles

1993 - The Beverly Hillbillies
1985 - That's Dancing!
1961 - Breakfast at Tiffany's
1956 - Attack
1955 - Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
1938 - My Lucky Star
1938 - The Girl of the Golden West
1937 - Broadway Melody of 1938
1936 - Born to Dance
1935 - Broadway Melody of 1936

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Roy Houston
22
Calvin Bower
7
Rumsey Plumb
3
Hannibal Bass
3
Marshal Elmo Crane
2
Phil Archer
2
Sheriff Jesse Sanders
2
Will Kinch
2
Phil
2
[Complete List]



BIOGRAPHY:

Buddy Ebsen began his career as a dancer in the late 1920s in a Broadway chorus. He later formed a vaudeville act with his sister Vilma Ebsen, which also appeared on Broadway. In 1935 he and his sister went to Hollywood, where they were signed for the first of MGM's Eleanor Powell (I) movies, Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935). While Vilma retired from stage and screen shortly after this, Buddy starred in two further MGM movies with Powell. Two of his dancing partners were Frances Langford in Born to Dance (1936) and Judy Garland (I) in Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937). They were a little bit taller than Shirley Temple, with whom he danced in Captain January (1936). MGM studio chief Louis B. Mayer offered him an exclusive contract in 1938, but Ebsen turned it down. In spite of Mayer's warning that he would never get a job in Hollywood again, he was offered the role of the scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz (1939). Ebsen agreed to change roles with Ray Bolger, who was cast as the Tin Man. Ebsen subsequently became ill from the silver make-up, however, and was replaced by Jack Haley (I). He returned to the stage, making only a few pictures before he got a role in the Disney production of Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier (1955). After this, he became a straight actor, and later won more fame in his own hit series, "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962) and "Barnaby Jones" (1973).


TRIVIA:
  • His film career was ruined by 'Louis B. Mayer' (qv) when Ebsen refused to sign an MGM contract that would "own" him to the studio.
  • (2001) Became a best-selling author at the age of 93.
  • His father owned a dance studio, and when Ebsen was a young boy insisted that he take dance lessons.
  • One of his last roles was a gag cameo in _The Beverly Hillbillies (1993)_ (qv) in which 'Jim Varney' (qv) played Jed. Ebsen showed up as Barnaby Jones.
  • Director 'Norman Foster (I)' (qv) first recommended Ebsen to 'Walt Disney' (qv) to play Davy Crockett, and Disney was "half sold" on the idea. Then Disney saw 'Fess Parker (I)' (qv) in the sci-fi film _Them! (1954)_ (qv) 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 equally grizzled and popular Jed Clampett.
  • Was 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 21st, 1996.
  • In the last two years of his life, he recorded his first CD in which he sang some of his own songs.
  • Had four sisters - Helga, Norma, 'Vilma Ebsen' (qv) and Leslie. He was the middle child.


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