Buddy Ebsen

Buddy Ebsen

  • Highest Rated: 100% That's Entertainment! III (1994)
  • Lowest Rated: 22% The Beverly Hillbillies (1993)
  • Birthday: Apr 2, 1908
  • Birthplace: Belleville, Illinois, USA
  • A dancer from childhood, Buddy Ebsen headlined in vaudeville in an act with his sister Velma. In 1935, Ebsen was signed by MGM as a specialty performer in The Broadway Melody of 1936, wherein he was shown to good advantage in several solos. He worked in a number of subsequent musicals, including Shirley Temple's Captain January (1936), teaming with Shirley for the delightful number "At the Codfish Ball." MGM assigned Ebsen to the role of the Scarecrow in 1939's The Wizard of Oz, but Ray Bolger, who'd been cast as the Tin Man, talked Ebsen into switching roles. The move proved to be Ebsen's undoing; he found that he was allergic to the silver makeup required for the Tin Man, fell ill, and was forced to bow out of the film, to be replaced by Jack Haley (however, Ebsen's voice can still be heard in the reprises of "We're Off to See the Wizard").Ebsen then returned to the stage, taking time out to provide the dancing model for a electronically operated wooden marionette which later was used at Disneyland. In 1950 Ebsen returned to films as comical sidekick to Rex Allen, gradually working his way into good character parts in "A" pictures like Night People (1955). Walt Disney, who'd remembered Ebsen from the dancing marionette, offered the actor the lead in his 1954 three-part TV production of Davy Crockett, but at the last moment engaged Fess Parker as Davy and recast Buddy as Crockett's pal George Russel. Ebsen continued to pop up in films like 1961's Breakfast at Tiffany's (as Audrey Hepburn's abandoned hometown husband), and in TV westerns, where he often cast his image to the winds by playing cold-blooded murderers. Comfortably wealthy in 1962 thanks to his film work and wise business investments, Ebsen added to his riches by signing on to play Jed Clampett in the TV sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies, which ran for nine years to excellent ratings. A millionaire several times over, Ebsen planned to ease off after Hillbillies, but in 1972 he was back in TV in the title role of Barnaby Jones. Few observers gave this easygoing detective series much of a chance, but they weren't counting on Ebsen's built-in popularity; Barnaby Jones lasted until 1980. The actor now confined himself to special events appearances and occasional guest-star roles, though he did play the recurring part of Lee Horsley's uncle in the final season of the TV mystery show Matt Houston (1983-85). One of Buddy Ebsen's final roles was in the 1993 theatrical film version of The Beverly Hillbillies -- not as Jed Clampett but in a cameo as Barnaby Jones!

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet The Horror At 37,000 Feet Actor 2014
No Score Yet Adventures of Tom Sawyer Actor 2011
No Score Yet Pioneers of Primetime Actor 2005
100% That's Entertainment! III Actor 1994
22% The Beverly Hillbillies Barnaby Jones 1993
No Score Yet Legend of the Beverly Hillbillies Actor 1993
No Score Yet Working Trash Vandevere Lodge 1990
No Score Yet Buddy Ebsen's Musical Collectibles Host 1990
No Score Yet Stone Fox Actor 1987
No Score Yet Milroy, Santa's Misfit Mutt Actor 1987
No Score Yet Falling for the Stars Actor 1985
No Score Yet The Return of the Beverly Hillbillies Actor 1981
No Score Yet Fire on the Mountain Actor 1981
No Score Yet The Bastard Benjamin Edes 1978
No Score Yet Smash-Up on Interstate 5 Actor 1976
No Score Yet The President's Plane Is Missing Vice President Kermit 1972
No Score Yet The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band Papa Bower 1968
No Score Yet Mail Order Bride Will Lane 1964
No Score Yet The Interns Dr. Sidney Wohl 1962
88% Breakfast at Tiffany's Doc 1961
No Score Yet Fury River Actor 1961
No Score Yet Riverboat Actor 1959
100% Attack Sgt. Tolliver 1956
No Score Yet Davy Crockett and the River Pirates George Russell 1956
No Score Yet Between Heaven and Hell Pvt. Willie Crawford 1956
100% Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier George Russel 1955
No Score Yet Night People Sgt. McColloch 1954
No Score Yet Red Garters Ginger Pete 1954
No Score Yet Silver City Bonanza Gabriel Horne 1951
No Score Yet Sing Your Worries Away Tommy Jones 1942
98% The Wizard of Oz Tin Woodman on "We're Off to See the Wizard" $3.9M 1939
No Score Yet The Girl of the Golden West Alabama 1938
No Score Yet Yellow Jack Jellybeans 1938
No Score Yet My Lucky Star Buddy 1938
100% Broadway Melody of 1938 Peter Trot 1937
No Score Yet Banjo on My Knee Puddy 1936
No Score Yet Born to Dance Mush Tracy 1936
86% Captain January Paul Roberts 1936
88% Broadway Melody of 1936 Ted Burke 1935

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Night Gallery
1970-1973
Soames
  • 1972
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Sheriff Cactus Murphy
  • 1972
  • 1959
No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
1962-1971
Jed Clampett
  • 1971
  • 1970
  • 1969
  • 1968
  • 1967
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1964
  • 1963
  • 1962
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Quimby Drago Hannibal Bass
  • 1971
  • 1961
  • 1960
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
George Simpson Kinch
  • 1962
  • 1960
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
1960-1968
Guest David Browne
  • 1961
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Jimbo Cobb
  • 1961
  • 1960
No Score Yet Maverick
1957-1962
Ramsey Plum Nero Lyme Sheriff Scratch Mannon
  • 1961
  • 1960
  • 1959

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