Remembering Buddy Ebsen on his birth anniversary today.287 views
Birthday remembrance Buddy Ebsen (born Christian Ludolf Ebsen, Jr.; April 2, 1908 – July 6, 2003), was an American singer, dancer, author, film, television and character actor, whose career spanned seven decades. He had also appeared as a guest on several talk and variety shows. The SAG-AFTRA records also show him as Frank “Buddy” Ebsen.
Originally a dancer, Ebsen began his long career in films in 1935, beginning with Jack Benny in Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935), Maureen O’Hara in They Met in Argentina (1941) and June Havoc in Sing Your Worries Away (1942). He also danced with child star Shirley Temple in Captain January (1936), released the same year. Cast as the Tin Man in 1939’s The Wizard of Oz, Ebsen fell ill due to the aluminum dust in his makeup and was forced to drop out of the film. In Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), he portrayed Doc Golightly, the much older husband of Audrey Hepburn’s character. He also had a very successful television career; who played Davy Crockett’s sidekick, George Russell, in Walt Disney’s Davy Crockett miniseries (1953–54). He is probably best remembered for starring in the long-running CBS television sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–1971) as Jed Clampett. He also played the title character in the successful television detective drama Barnaby Jones (1973–1980), also on CBS. Ebsen had a cameo role in the 1993 film version of The Beverly Hillbillies, not as Jed Clampett, but as Barnaby Jones.