Buddy Ebsen - Rotten Tomatoes

Buddy Ebsen

Highest Rated:   100% That's Entertainment! III (1994)
Lowest Rated:   23% The Beverly Hillbillies (1993)
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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
23% 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
No Score Yet 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
99% 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 My Lucky Star
  • Buddy
1938
No Score Yet 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
83% Broadway Melody of 1936
  • Ted Burke
1935

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Jimbo Cobb
  • 1961
  • 1960

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