On July 6, 2003 Buddy Ebsen
Passed away at the age of 95.
Rest In Peace

Jed Clampett, (Buddy Ebsen)

Buddy Ebsen at Amazon


Buddy Ebsen was born  in 1908 in Belleville, Illinois. His father owned a dancing studio, but Ebsen pursued the study of medicine at The University of Florida and Rollins College. Later, he changed his mind about dancing, went to New York, and won a Broadway role as a dancer in a 1928 Ziegfeld production. 

Ebsen was the original Tin Man in the "Wizard of Oz," but he became ill due to the poisonous silver makeup used  for  his makeup.. As a result, he was unable to complete production and the role was recast. The anniversary reissue of the "Wizard of Oz" video contains a dance number with Ebsen as the Tin Man. 

He played Fess Parker's side-kick, George Russell in the series "Davey Crockett" and then really took off when he became "Jed Clampett, millionaire." Less than two years following the demise of the Hillbillies, Ebsen landed the role of detective Barnaby Jones, which he played for the next seven years.

Read Buddy Ebsen's autobiography, The Other Side of OZ. Available at Amazon.

Buddy Ebsen at Amazon