Buddy Ebsen Overview:

Legendary character actor, Buddy Ebsen, was born Christian Ludolph Ebsen Jr. on Apr 2, 1908 in Belleville, IL. Ebsen died at the age of 95 on Jul 6, 2003 in Torrance, CA .

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Lanky, dark-haired, disgruntled-looking American actor-dancer who proved extremely tenacious career-wise after he came to Hollywood in 1935 with sister and stage partner Vilma. Specializing in "countrified characters," Ebsen faltered after war service, then found one profitable slot after another, first playing second-fiddle to Fess Parker in the Davy Crockett series, then on TV as head of The Beverly Hillbillies. At 64, he found audience favor again on TV as Barnaby Jones, a sort of elderly Will Rogers type sleuth. "On TV," he says, "they had fat detectives, young detectives, girl detectives - everything but old, tall detectives."

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Stars).

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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. On October 20, 1993, Ebsen received the Disney Legends Award for living up to the Disney principals of imagination, skill, discipline, craftsmanship and magic. Ebsen was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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By Rick29 on Aug 1, 2022 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

Ebsen as Jed Clampett.1. In his autobiography, The Other Side of Oz, recalls Beverly Hillbillies creator Paul Henning pitching the show to him by reenacting scenes from the first script: "We were all laughing and wiping tears, and then I got a chilling thought. Most of the laughs were co... Read full article


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By smumcountry on Apr 24, 2015 From Smum County

April 24, 2015 by smumcounty The Know Your Character Actor series on this blog, in the past, has documented the careers and lives of many actors who most people wouldn?t be familiar with unless they were ardent classic film lovers. But that was the point. I wanted to raise awareness of these too oft... Read full article


Know Your Character Actor –

By smumcountry on Apr 24, 2015 From Smum County

April 24, 2015 by smumcounty The Know Your Character Actor series on this blog, in the past, has documented the careers and lives of many actors who most people wouldn?t be familiar with unless they were ardent classic film lovers. But that was the point. I wanted to raise awareness of these too oft... Read full article


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Buddy Ebsen Quotes:

Capt. Nazro: In two days, January will be out of a job, and that's just what old Hatchet-Face has been waiting for.
Mary: Of course it is.
Capt. Nazro: Do you think I'm doing the right thing in sending for these folks?
Paul Roberts: You never did anything righter in your life.
Capt. Nazro: I hate to think of what January will do when he finds out.
Mary: Well, if someone doesn't come to take Star, Miss Morgan is going to have her way.
Capt. Nazro: But I don't even know anything about these Masons except what I read in Star's mother's album. They may not even be relatives.
Mary: Whoever they are, they're better for Star than an institution.
Paul Roberts: Certainly any instituion Miss Morgan would pick out.


Sfc. Tolliver, Fox Co.: [refusing a drink] Captain, down around where I come from we dearly love our whiskey. But we don't drink with another man unless we respect him.


Sally Burke: Why don't you go back and see Gordon?
Irene Foster: I will not!
Sally Burke: You *came* here to see him, didn't you?
Irene Foster: Yes, but I still have a little pride left.
Ted Burke: So's Gandhi, but he's getting awful thin.


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Buddy Ebsen Facts
One of his last roles was a gag cameo in The Beverly Hillbillies (1993) in which Jim Varney played Jed. Ebsen showed up as Barnaby Jones.

Remained friends with Donna Douglas and Max Baer Jr. during and after "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962).

Owned a 36-acre ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains.

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