Buddy Ebsen

Actor, Dancer, Vaudevillian
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 ... Read more »
Born: 04/02/1908 in Belleville, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (54)

Memories of Oz 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Burke's Law 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

That's Entertainment! III 1994 (Movie)

Song Performer (Actor)

The Beverly Hillbillies 1993 (Movie)

Barnaby Jones (Actor)

The Time of Their Lives 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Fire on the Mountain 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Barnaby Jones 1972 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS: On the Air 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tiny Tree 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Voice

The President's Plane Is Missing 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Horror at 37,000 Feet 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Tom Sawyer 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Beverly Hillbillies 1962 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band 1968 (Movie)

Calvin Bower (Actor)

Marineland Carnival 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)

Actor

Mail Order Bride 1963 (Movie)

Will Lane (Actor)

Maverick 1957 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

The General Electric Theater 1952 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Breakfast At Tiffany's 1961 (Movie)

Doc Golightly (Actor)

The Interns 1961 (Movie)

Dr Sidney Wohl (Actor)

Playhouse 90 1956 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

The Desilu Playhouse 1958 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Attack! 1956 (Movie)

Sergeant Tolliver (Actor)

Between Heaven and Hell 1956 (Movie)

Willie (Actor)

Davy Crockett and the River Pirates 1955 (Movie)

George Russell (Actor)

Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier 1955 (Movie)

George Russel (Actor)

Red Garters 1954 (Movie)

Ginger Pete (Actor)

Night People 1953 (Movie)

Sergeant McCulloch (Actor)

The Chevrolet Tele-Theater 1948 - 1950 (TV Show)

Actor

Banjo on My Knee 1935 (Movie)

(Actor)

Born to Dance 1935 (Movie)

'Mush' Tracy (Actor)

Broadway Melody of 1936 1935 (Movie)

(Actor)

Broadway Melody of 1938 (Movie)

Peter Trot (Actor)

Captain January (Movie)

Paul Roberts (Actor)

Davy Crockett (TV Show)

Actor

Fire on the Mountain (Movie)

John Vogelin (Actor)

Leave Yesterday Behind (TV Show)

Actor

Matt Houston (TV Show)

Actor

Parachute Battalion (Movie)

Jeff Hollis (Actor)

Sing Your Worries Away (Movie)

Tommy Jones (Actor)

Smash-Up on Interstate 5 (TV Show)

Actor

Stone Fox (TV Show)

Actor

The Bastard (TV Show)

Actor

The Critical List (TV Show)

Actor

The Girl of the Golden West (Movie)

Alabama (Actor)

The Paradise Connection (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor

Working Trash (TV Show)

Actor

Yellow Jack (Movie)

Jellybean (Actor)
Music (1)

Behave Yourself! (Movie)

(Songwriter)

Biography

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).

Relationships

Frances Ebsen

Mother

Helga Ebsen

Sister

Leslie Ebsen

Sister

Norma Ebsen

Sister

Ruth Cambridge

Wife
married in 1936 divorced c. 1943 mother of Ebsen's two eldest daughters

Christian Ebsen

Father
operated a dance studio

Alix Ebsen

Daughter
mother, Ruth Cambridge

Bonnie Ebsen

Daughter
mother, Nancy Wollcott

Cathy Ebsen

Daughter
born c. 1950 mother Nancy Wolcott

Kirsten Ebsen

Daughter
born c. 1958 mother, Nancy Wolcott recorded first album "Red" (1993)

Libby Ebsen

Daughter
mother, Ruth Cambridge

Susannah Ebsen

Daughter
mother, Nancy Wollcott

Dustin Ebsen

Son
mother, Nancy Wollcott

Vilma Ebsen

Sister
performed with her brother onstage and appeared with him in "Broadway Melody of 1936" (1935) retired shortly thereafter

Dorothy Knott

Wife
born c. 1940 married in 1985

Nancy Wolcott

Wife
married in 1944 divorced in 1983

EDUCATION

University of Florida

Gainesville , Florida

Rollins College

Winter Park , Florida
(pre-med)

Milestones

1998

Underwent heart surgery to replace an aortic valve

1995

Published autobiography, "The Other Side of Oz"

1993

Reprised Barnaby Jones in "The Beverly Hillbillies" feature film

1984

Campaigned against former co-star Nancy Kulp in her bid for a Pennsylvania congressional seat

1981

Reprised Jed Clampett in TV-movie

1961

Portrayed Audrey Hepburn's husband in "Breakfast at Tiffany's"

1954

TV series debut as George Russell in "Disneyland: The Adventures of Davy Crockett"

1952

TV debut, "Gruen Guild Playhouse"

1938

Lost role of Tin Man in "The Wizard of Oz" because he was allergic to metallic dust used as make-up

1936

Danced with Shirley Temple in "Captain January"

1935

Film debut, "Broadway Melody of 1936"

1934

Appeared in "Ziegfeld Follies"

1932

Featured in Broadway production of "Flying Colors"

1928

Made stage debut as a dancer in "Whoopee"

Joined cast of "Matt Houston"

Appeared as Jed Clampett in "The Beverly Hillbillies"

Played Sgt. Hunk Marriner in "Northwest Passage"

Starred in CBS detective series "Barnaby Jones"

Bonus Trivia

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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.

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

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