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Also Known As: Christian Rudolph Ebsen Jr. Died: July 6, 2003
Born: April 2, 1908 Cause of Death: natural causes
Birth Place: Belleville, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, vaudevillian, dancer, playwright

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Buddy Ebsen was a tall, not particularly handsome, somewhat gangly hoofer who performed an amazing rope-like dance number on stage with his sister Vilma. With the encouragement of his father, who operated a dance studio, he was partnered with his sister as a youngster. Not unlike Fred and Adele Astaire, the Ebsens toured in vaudeville and hit Broadway in the 1920s. The duo danced in "Whoopee" and in one of the last editions of the "Ziegfeld Follies" (1934).

Buddy Ebsen was a tall, not particularly handsome, somewhat gangly hoofer who performed an amazing rope-like dance number on stage with his sister Vilma. With the encouragement of his father, who operated a dance studio, he was partnered with his sister as a youngster. Not unlike Fred and Adele Astaire, the Ebsens toured in vaudeville and hit Broadway in the 1920s. The duo danced in "Whoopee" and in one of the last editions of the "Ziegfeld Follies" (1934).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 That's Entertainment! III (1994) Song Performer
2.
 Beverly Hillbillies, The (1993) Barnaby Jones
3.
 Working Trash (1990) Vandever Lodge
4.
 Stone Fox (1987) Grampa
5.
 Fire on the Mountain (1981) John Vogelin
6.
 Return of the Beverly Hillbillies (1981) Jed Clampett
7.
 Paradise Connection, The (1979) Stuart Douglas
8.
 Leave Yesterday Behind (1978) Doc
9.
 Smash Up On Interstate 5 (1976) Al Pearson
10.
 Tom Sawyer (1973) Muff Potter
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Milestones close milestones

1928:
Made stage debut as a dancer in "Whoopee"
1932:
Featured in Broadway production of "Flying Colors"
1934:
Appeared in "Ziegfeld Follies"
1935:
Film debut, "Broadway Melody of 1936"
1936:
Danced with Shirley Temple in "Captain January"
1938:
Lost role of Tin Man in "The Wizard of Oz" because he was allergic to metallic dust used as make-up
1952:
TV debut, "Gruen Guild Playhouse"
1954:
TV series debut as George Russell in "Disneyland: The Adventures of Davy Crockett"
:
Played Sgt. Hunk Marriner in "Northwest Passage"
1961:
Portrayed Audrey Hepburn's husband in "Breakfast at Tiffany's"
:
Appeared as Jed Clampett in "The Beverly Hillbillies"
:
Starred in CBS detective series "Barnaby Jones"
1981:
Reprised Jed Clampett in TV-movie
1984:
Campaigned against former co-star Nancy Kulp in her bid for a Pennsylvania congressional seat
:
Joined cast of "Matt Houston"
1993:
Reprised Barnaby Jones in "The Beverly Hillbillies" feature film
1995:
Published autobiography, "The Other Side of Oz"
1998:
Underwent heart surgery to replace an aortic valve
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Education

University of Florida: Gainesville , Florida -
Rollins College: Winter Park , Florida -

Notes

When Nancy Kulp, who had portrayed Miss Hathaway in "The Beverly Hillbillies," ran for a congressional seat in Pennsylvania in 1984, Ebsen made TV commercials in favor of her Republican opponent. She lost the election.

There is an official website devoted to the actor at www.buddyebsen.com

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Ruth Cambridge. Married in 1936; divorced c. 1943; mother of Ebsen's two eldest daughters.
wife:
Nancy Wolcott. Actor. Married in 1944; divorced in 1983.
wife:
Dorothy Knott. Born c. 1940; married in 1985.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Christian Rudolph Ebsen. Operated a dance studio.
mother:
Frances Ebsen.
sister:
Helga Ebsen.
sister:
Norma Ebsen.
sister:
Vilma Ebsen. Dancer, singer, actor. Performed with her brother onstage and appeared with him in "Broadway Melody of 1936" (1935); retired shortly thereafter.
sister:
Leslie Ebsen.
daughter:
Alix Ebsen. Mother, Ruth Cambridge.
daughter:
Libby Ebsen. Mother, Ruth Cambridge.
daughter:
Susannah Ebsen. Mother, Nancy Wollcott.
daughter:
Cathy Ebsen. Born c. 1950; mother Nancy Wolcott.
daughter:
Bonnie Ebsen. Actor. Mother, Nancy Wollcott.
son:
Dustin Ebsen. Mother, Nancy Wollcott.
daughter:
Kirsten Ebsen. Singer. Born c. 1958; mother, Nancy Wolcott; recorded first album "Red" (1993).
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Bibliography close complete biography

"The Other Side of Oz" Donovan Publishing Co
"Kelly's Quest" 1stBooks Library

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