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      Buddy Ebsen

      Buddy Ebsen

      Highest Rated: 100% Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937)

      Lowest Rated: 24% The Beverly Hillbillies (1993)

      Birthday: Apr 2, 1908

      Birthplace: Belleville, Illinois, USA

      Buddy Ebsen was a talented 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). Hollywood beckoned and Buddy and Vilma were seen in "Broadway Melody of 1936" (1935) before Vilma retired from show business. Although an MGM contract player, Ebsen was loaned to Fox for "Captain January" (1936), in which he was a ship's hand who danced with Shirley Temple--de rigeur for a screen hoofer of the period. In 1938, MGM producer Mervyn LeRoy cast Ebsen as The Tin Man in the film version of "The Wizard of Oz," set to be released in 1939. Ebsen filmed several sequences before landing in the hospital after the metallic dust from the character's make-up had clogged his lungs. Jack Haley replaced him in the film and Ebsen soon left MGM. He went to RKO for such pictures as "Parachute Battalion" (1941) and "Sing Your Worries Away" (1942), before moving to Republic, where he was then cast in Westerns (like "Utah Wagon Train" 1951), often as the amusing musical sidekick. Ebsen continued to make film appearances throughout the 1950s and 1960s. In 1968, he made his final screen appearance (to that date) in a leading role in Disney's "The One and Only Genuine Original Family Band." By then, Ebsen had established a presence on television. When ABC's "Disneyland" program decided to film ongoing installments of a "Davy Crockett" series, Ebsen was chosen as George Russell, Fess Parker's sidekick, a role he reprised for two films in the mid-1950s. Later, he was Huck Marriner in "Northwest Passage" (NBC, 1958-59). Ebsen was going to retire to his Orange County home in the early 1960s, when producer Paul Henning offered him the lead role in a CBS situation comedy. The premise: a backwoods hick discovers oil, becomes a millionaire, and moves his family to the most chic part of California where his kin become "fish out of water" amongst the more "sophisticated" Angelenos. "The Beverly Hillbillies" (CBS, 1962-71) was considered as low-brow as TV could get by the critics, but the audience kept it on the air. Ebsen seemed to be indelibly linked with Jed Clampett, the family patriarch. After the series ended, he donned a suit, kept the homespun flavor and became private detective "Barnaby Jones" (CBS, 1973-80), who would noodle and drive suspicious parties crazy until they practically begged to tell the truth. Ebsen decided to give series TV one last while whirl in 1984, when he joined the cast of the ABC series "Matt Houston." As Roy Houston, uncle to the title character, he played a detective who had come out of retirement and was raring to do things his way. While Ebsen appeared in the occasional TV movie, like the "Hillbillies" 1981 reunion and "Working Trash" (Fox, 1990), he was more or less retired when he appeared in the cameo role of Barnaby Jones in Penelope Spheeris' big screen version of "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1993). His autobiography, "The Other Side of Oz" was published in 1995, and in 2001, at the age of 93, he became a novelist, publishing a romance titled "Kelly's Quest" that became a best-seller.

      Highest rated movies

      100% Attack!
      100% Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier
      100% Broadway Melody of 1938
      90% Broadway Melody of 1936
      88% Breakfast at Tiffany's
      86% Night People
      86% Captain January
      40% The Interns

      Photos

      RED GARTERS, Cass Daley, Buddy Ebsen, 1954 DAVY CROCKETT, KING OF THE WILD FRONTIER, Buddy Ebsen, 1955 BROADWAY MELODY OF 1938, Judy Garland, Buddy Ebsen, 1937 ATTACK, Buddy Ebsen, 1956 ATTACK, Jack Palance, Buddy Ebsen, 1956 BROADWAY MELODY OF 1936, Buddy Ebsen, Vilma Ebsen, 1935 BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S, Buddy Ebsen, Audrey Hepburn, 1961 BORN TO DANCE, Frances Langford, Buddy Ebsen, Eleanor Powell, James Stewart, Una Merkel, Sid Silvers, 1936 BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S, George Peppard, Buddy Ebsen, 1961 CAPTAIN JANUARY, Slim Summerville, Shirley Temple, Guy Kibbee, Buddy Ebsen, 1936, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. DAVY CROCKETT, KING OF THE WILD FRONTIER, Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, 1955 BORN TO DANCE, Frances Langford, Buddy Ebsen, Eleanor Powell, James Stewart, Una Merkel, Sid Silvers, 1936 BORN TO DANCE, Buddy Ebsen, Sid Silvers, Una Merkel, James Stewart, Eleanor Powell, Alan Dinehart, Frances Langford, Raymond Walburn, 1936 CAPTAIN JANUARY, Shirley Temple, Buddy Ebsen, 1936, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp CAPTAIN JANUARY, Shirley Temple, Buddy Ebsen, 1936, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved BROADWAY MELODY OF 1936, from left: Robert Taylor, Buddy Ebsen, vilma Ebsen, Eleanor Powell, 1935 FOUR GIRLS IN WHITE, (front row) Florence Rice, Ann Rutherford, Mary Howard, Una Merkel, (back row) Alan Marshal, Buddy Ebsen, 1939 BROADWAY MELODY OF 1936, Vilma Ebsen, Eleanor Powell, Buddy Ebsen, 1935, dancing MY LUCKY STAR, Buddy Ebsen, Joan Davis, 1938, (c) 20th Century Fox, TM & Copyright FOUR GIRLS IN WHITE, Una Merkel, Buddy Ebsen, 1939

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      24% 32% The Beverly Hillbillies Barnaby Jones, P.I. (Character) $42.2M 1993
      No Score Yet 61% Working Trash Vandevere Lodge (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 67% Stone Fox Grandpa (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet 100% Return of the Beverly Hillbillies Jed Clampett (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fire on the Mountain John Vogelin (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Paradise Connection Stuart Douglas (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Leave Yesterday Behind Doc (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Critical List Charles Sprague (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet 43% Smash-Up on Interstate 5 Al Pearson (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet 50% The Horror at 37,000 Feet Glenn Farlee (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tom Sawyer Muff Potter (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daughters of Joshua Cabe Joshua Cabe (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Long Chase George Austin (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet 50% The President's Plane Is Missing Vice President Kermit Madigan (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet 61% The Family Band Calvin Bower (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mail Order Bride Will Lane (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fury River Sergeant Hunk Marriner (Character) - 1962
      40% 33% The Interns Dr. Sidney Wohl (Character) - 1962
      88% 91% Breakfast at Tiffany's Doc Golightly (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mission of Danger Hunk Marriner (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Frontier Rangers Sergeant Hunk Marriner (Character) - 1959
      100% 78% Attack! Sfc. Tolliver, Fox Co. (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 59% Between Heaven and Hell Pvt. Willie Crawford (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 68% Davy Crockett and the River Pirates George Russel (Character) - 1956
      100% 77% Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier George Russel (Character) - 1955
      86% 50% Night People Sgt. Eddie McColloch (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet 50% Red Garters Ginger Pete (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Silver City Bonanza Gabriel "Gabe" Horne (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thunder in God's Country Happy Hooper (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rodeo King and the Senorita Muscles Benton (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Utah Wagon Train "Snooper" Trent (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Under Mexicali Stars Homer Oglethorpe (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sing Your Worries Away Tommy Jones (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Parachute Battalion Jeff Hollis (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet They Met in Argentina Duke Ferrel (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Four Girls in White Express (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Kid From Texas "Snifty" (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Yellow Jack "Jellybeans" (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 67% The Girl of the Golden West Alabama (Character) - 1938
      100% 62% Broadway Melody of 1938 Peter Trot (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 0% Banjo on My Knee Buddy (Character) - 1936
      86% 76% Captain January Paul Roberts (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet 50% Born to Dance 'Mush' Tracy (Character) - 1936
      90% 76% Broadway Melody of 1936 Ted Burke (Character) - 1935

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 71% King of the Hill Chet Elderson (Guest Voice) 1999
      43% No Score Yet Burke's Law Louie Pike (Guest Star) 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Finder of Lost Loves Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Barnaby Jones (Character) 1973-1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tattletales Guest 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Barnaby Jones (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Carol Burnett Show Guest 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alias Smith and Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1959 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Drago (Guest Star) 1960-1961 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies Jed Clampett (Character) 1962-1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Danny Kaye Show Guest 1964-1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of Wells Fargo Lou Reese (Guest Star) 1960 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1960 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bus Stop Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet 100% The Andy Griffith Show David Browne (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunslinger Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
      92% 96% The Twilight Zone Jimbo Cobb (Character) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 77 Sunset Strip Baxter Kellogg (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Marshal Dillon Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bronco Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet G.E. Theater Pa Jericho (Character) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Ringo Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lock Up Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Northwest Passage Sergeant Hunk Marriner (Character) 1958-1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Screen Directors Playhouse Unknown (Character) 1956