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Christian Ludolf "Buddy" Ebsen Jr. (April 2, 1908 – July 6, 2003) was an American actor and dancer, whose career spanned seven decades, including the role of Jed Clampett in the CBS television sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–1971) and the title character in the television detective drama Barnaby Jones (1973–1980), also on CBS.[3] The SAG-AFTRA records also show him as Frank "Buddy" Ebsen.

A performer for seven decades, he had starring roles as Jed Clampett in the long-running television series "The Beverly Hillbillies" and as the title character in the 1970s detective series "Barnaby Jones".

Ebsen was cast as the original Tin Man in 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz", but fell ill, reacting to the aluminum dust in his makeup, and was forced to drop out of the film.

Ebsen made his television debut on an episode of The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre in 1949. This led to television appearances in: Stars Over Hollywood, Gruen Guild Playhouse, four episodes of Broadway Television Theatre, Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, Corky and White Shadow, the H.J. Heinz Company's Studio 57, Screen Directors Playhouse, two episodes of Climax!, Tales of Wells Fargo, The Martha Raye Show, Playhouse 90, Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, Johnny Ringo, two episodes of Bonanza, three episodes of Maverick (in which he portrayed assorted homicidal villains), and 77 Sunset Strip. Ebsen received wide television exposure when he played Georgie Russel, a role based on a historical person and companion to frontiersman Davy Crockett, in the Disneyland television miniseries Davy Crockett (1954–1955).

In the 1958–1959 season, Ebsen co-starred in the 26-episode half-hour NBC television adventure series Northwest Passage. This series was a fictionalized account of Major Robert Rogers, a colonial American fighter for the British in the French and Indian War. Ebsen played the role of Sergeant Hunk Marriner; Keith Larsen played Rogers.

In 1960, Ebsen appeared in episodes of the television series Rawhide, in the episodes "The Pitchwagon" and Tales of Wells Fargo, which he reprised in episodes of both series during 1962 in the roles of different characters. Also in 1960, Ebsen played in season 4 episode 30 of Have Gun, Will Travel called "El Paso Stage", as a corrupt marshal.

From 1961 to 1962, Ebsen had a recurring role as Virge Blessing in the ABC drama series Bus Stop, the story of travelers passing through the bus station and diner in the fictitious town of Sunrise, Colorado. Robert Altman directed several episodes. Arthur O'Connell had played Virge Blessing in the earlier film version on which the series was loosely based. Ebsen also appeared as "Mr. Dave" Browne, a homeless hobo, on The Andy Griffith Show opposite Ron Howard, and as Jimbo Cobb in The Twilight Zone episode "The Prime Mover" (season 2, episode 21) in 1961.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Christian Ludolf "Buddy" Ebsen Jr. (April 2, 1908 – July 6, 2003) was an American actor and dancer, whose career spanned seven decades, including the role of Jed Clampett in the CBS television sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–1971) and the title character in the television detective drama Barnaby Jones (1973–1980), also on CBS.[3] The SAG-AFTRA records also show him as Frank "Buddy" Ebsen.

A performer for seven decades, he had starring roles as Jed Clampett in the long-running television series "The Beverly Hillbillies" and as the title character in the 1970s detective series "Barnaby Jones".

Ebsen was cast as the original Tin Man in 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz", but fell ill, reacting to the aluminum dust in his makeup, and was forced to drop out of the film.

Ebsen made his television debut on an episode of The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre in 1949. This led to television appearances in: Stars Over Hollywood, Gruen Guild Playhouse, four episodes of Broadway Television Theatre, Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, Corky and White Shadow, the H.J. Heinz Company's Studio 57, Screen Directors Playhouse, two episodes of Climax!, Tales of Wells Fargo, The Martha Raye Show, Playhouse 90, Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, Johnny Ringo, two episodes of Bonanza, three episodes of Maverick (in which he portrayed assorted homicidal villains), and 77 Sunset Strip. Ebsen received wide television exposure when he played Georgie Russel, a role based on a historical person and companion to frontiersman Davy Crockett, in the Disneyland television miniseries Davy Crockett (1954–1955).

In the 1958–1959 season, Ebsen co-starred in the 26-episode half-hour NBC television adventure series Northwest Passage. This series was a fictionalized account of Major Robert Rogers, a colonial American fighter for the British in the French and Indian War. Ebsen played the role of Sergeant Hunk Marriner; Keith Larsen played Rogers.

In 1960, Ebsen appeared in episodes of the television series Rawhide, in the episodes "The Pitchwagon" and Tales of Wells Fargo, which he reprised in episodes of both series during 1962 in the roles of different characters. Also in 1960, Ebsen played in season 4 episode 30 of Have Gun, Will Travel called "El Paso Stage", as a corrupt marshal.

From 1961 to 1962, Ebsen had a recurring role as Virge Blessing in the ABC drama series Bus Stop, the story of travelers passing through the bus station and diner in the fictitious town of Sunrise, Colorado. Robert Altman directed several episodes. Arthur O'Connell had played Virge Blessing in the earlier film version on which the series was loosely based. Ebsen also appeared as "Mr. Dave" Browne, a homeless hobo, on The Andy Griffith Show opposite Ron Howard, and as Jimbo Cobb in The Twilight Zone episode "The Prime Mover" (season 2, episode 21) in 1961.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 88

Birthday 1908-04-02

Day of Death 2003-07-06

Place of Birth Belleville, Illinois, USA

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  • Christian Ludolf Ebsen, Jr.

Acting TV ShowsMovies

Barnaby Jones (44 episodes) as Barnaby Jones
2004 Judy Garland: By Myself as Himself
1997 King of the Hill (1 episode)
1994 That's Entertainment! III as (archive footage)
1990 Working Tra$h as Vandevere Lodge
1987 Stone Fox as Grandpa
1983 Hardcastle and McCormick (1 episode)
1982 Matt Houston (69 episodes)
1981 Fire on the Mountain as John Vogelin
1981 The Return of the Beverly Hillbillies
1978 The Bastard as Benjamin Edes
1978 Leave Yesterday Behind as Doc
1976 Smash-Up on Interstate 5 as Al Pearson
1975 The Tiny Tree as Squire Badger (Narrator) (voice)
1974 Tony Orlando and Dawn (1 episode)
1974 That's Entertainment! as Clip from 'Broadway Melody of 1938' (archive footage)
1973 The President's Plane Is Missing as Vice President Kermit Madigan
1973 Tom Sawyer
1973 The Horror at 37,000 Feet as Glenn Farlee
1972 The Daughters of Joshua Cabe as Joshua Cabe
1971 Alias Smith and Jones (2 episodes)
1970 Night Gallery (1 episode)
1970 The Andersonville Trial as Dr. John Bates
1968 Hawaii Five-O (1 episode)
1968 The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band as Calvin Bower
1965 The Dean Martin Show (3 episodes)
1964 Mail Order Bride as Will Lane
1963 Vacation Playhouse (1 episode)
1962 The Beverly Hillbillies (267 episodes) as Jed "JD" Clampett
1962 The Interns as Dr. Sidney Wohl
1961 Breakfast at Tiffany's as Doc Golightly
1961 Bus Stop (2 episodes)
1961 Fury River as Sergeant Hunk Marriner
1961 Gunslinger (1 episode)
1960 The Andy Griffith Show (1 episode)
1960 Checkmate (1 episode) as Pete O'Mara
1960 Mission of Danger as Hunk Marriner
1959 Adventures in Paradise (1 episode)
1959 The Twilight Zone (1 episode) as Jimbo Cobb
1959 Johnny Ringo (1 episode)
1959 Lock-Up (1 episode)
1959 Riverboat (1 episode)
1959 Black Saddle (1 episode)
1959 Rawhide (1 episode)
1959 Frontier Rangers as Sergeant Hunk Marriner
1958 77 Sunset Strip (1 episode)
1958 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1 episode)
1958 Bronco (1 episode)
1958 Northwest Passage (26 episodes) as Sergeant Hunk Marriner
1957 Maverick (3 episodes)
1957 Have Gun – Will Travel (2 episodes)
1956 Disneyland, U.S.A as Himself - as George Russel
1956 Between Heaven and Hell as Pvt. Willie Crawford
1956 Attack as Sfc. Tolliver, Fox Co.
1956 Davy Crockett and the River Pirates as George Russel
1956 The Steve Allen Show (1 episode)
1955 Gunsmoke (3 episodes)
1955 Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier as George Russel
1954 Davy Crockett (6 episodes) as Georgie Russell
1954 Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter as George Russel
1954 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (3 episodes)
1954 Climax! (2 episodes)
1954 Studio 57 (1 episode)
1954 Night People as M/Sgt. Eddie McColloch
1954 Red Garters as Ginger Pete
1953 General Electric Theater (1 episode)
1952 Omnibus (1 episode)
1951 Utah Wagon Train as 'Snooper' Trent
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1 episode)
1951 Rodeo King and the Senorita as Muscles Benton
1951 Thunder in God's Country as Happy Hooper
1951 Silver City Bonanza as Gabe Horne
1950 Under Mexicali Stars as Homer Oglethorpe
1947 Tony Awards (1 episode)
1942 Sing Your Worries Away as Tommy Jones
1941 Parachute Battalion as Jeff Hollis
1941 They Met In Argentina as Duke Ferrel
1939 Hollywood Hobbies as Himself
1939 The Kid From Texas as 'Snifty'
1939 Four Girls in White as Express, an Orderly
1938 My Lucky Star as Buddy
1938 Yellow Jack as Jellybeans
1938 The Girl of the Golden West as Alabama
1937 Broadway Melody of 1938 as Peter Trot
1936 Banjo on My Knee as Buddy
1936 Born to Dance as 'Mush' Tracy
1936 Captain January as Paul Roberts
1935 Broadway Melody of 1936 as Ted Burke

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