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Buddy of “Barnaby Jones”; Clampett portrayer; Buddy
of Hollywood; Actor Buddy
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Martin, Dom Deluise & Buddy Ebsen
fiction, there are no limits to what you write as long as it
increases the value of the paper you are writing on ~ Buddy
(April 2, 1908 – July 7, 2003) was an American actor, who
is best-remembered for his role as Jed Clampett in the popular
television series The
in Belleville, Illinois, he began his career as a dancer, making
his film debut in 1935's Broadway
Melody of 1936
and appearing in various screen musicals including Born
(both 1936) and The
Girl of the Golden West
was originally cast as the Tin Man in the 1939 classic The
Wizard of Oz.
He recorded all his songs, went through all the rehearsals, and
started filming with the rest of the cast. He was rushed to the
hospital nine days after filming began, when his lungs seized
after a week of inhaling aluminum dust from the dangerously
experimental "tin" makeup.
Ebsen was in the hospital for two weeks, recovering from a
near-fatal allergic reaction to the dust, he was silently
replaced by Jack Haley. Haley didn't run the same risk, as the
makeup was changed in the meantime from a dust to a paste. After
the debacle, Ebsen appeared only in minor Westerns for many
1941 to 1946, Ebsen served as a lieutenant in the United States
work in television started as the sidekick to Fess Parker in the
series, but he became famous in 1962 with the role of Jed
Clampett in the television show The
The show depicted a hillbilly family from the fictional
Bugtussle, getting rich on oil and moving to a rich neighborhood
in Beverly Hills, California. Although scorned by critics, the
show was a massive hit, attracting as many as sixty million
viewers on CBS between 1962 and 1971. It was still earning good
ratings when it was canceled by CBS because advertisers shunned a
series that attracted a rural audience.
also had a notable role as a country farmer in the 1961 movie
which is credited for bringing him to the attention of the
producers of Beverly
who cast him in a similar role.
later starred in a TV detective series, Barnaby
beginning in 1973 and running for most of the decade. His last
work was mainly in television, reprising his Beverly
roles. As he entered his 90s, however, Ebsen remained active and
it was reported that he was trying his hand at writing a novel.
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