movie-actor buddy ebsen actor movie-actor movie star buddy ebsen images-actor-photos


Buddy Ebsen – MovieActors.com

ebsen-image

Ebsen in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S.

About Buddy Ebsen (1908 – 2003)

Buddy Ebsen was born on April 2, 1908, in Belleville, Illinois. On July 6, 2003, Buddy Ebsen passed away in Torrance, California, because of complications from pneumonia.

In a vaudeville act with his sister Vilma, Buddy went to Hollywood, in 1935. Buddy and Vilma were signed for the first of MGM's Eleanor Powell movies, BROADWAY MELODY OF 1936.

Buddy Ebsen was famously offered the role of the scarecrow in THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939). Ebsen agreed to change roles with Ray Bolger, who was cast as the Tin Woodsman. Ebsen then became ill from the tin make-up. He was unable to play the role, so the role went to Jack Haley.

THE WIZARD OF OZ footage of Ebsen as the Tin Man still exists. It was included as an extra with the U.S. 50th anniversary video release of THE WIZARD OF OZ. In one chorus of "We're Off to See the Wizard", in THE WIZARD OF OZ, the soundtrack album retains Ebsen's original vocals as the Tin Man. This was recorded before he was forced to leave the production due to health problems.

Because Ebsen had rejected the contract they offered him, his film career went into eclipse for nearly 20 years, until Walt Disney hired him to play Georgie Russel, Davy Crockett's sidekick, in DAVY CROCKETT – KING OF THE WILD FRONTIER (1954). This opportunity with
Disney Studios turned into a major source of work for Ebsen. To the 1950s generation, Buddy Ebsen was known as Fess Parker's sidekick in Disney's DAVY CROCKETT shows.

This relationship started in the 1930s, when Disney animators filmed Buddy Ebsen dancing in front of a grid, to "choreograph" Mickey Mouse's dance steps in the SILLY SYMPHONY cartoons.

TV fans know Buddy Ebsen as hillbilly millionaire. Jed Clampett. on the sitcom THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES; (1962-71), and as the soft-spoken P.I. BARNABY JONES; (1973-80).

One of Buddy Ebsen's last roles was a gag cameo in THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES; (1993). In this version of THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES Jim Varney played Jed. Ebsen showed up as Barnaby Jones.

Buddy wrote a half dozen plays. Five of them were produced. They include a farce called HONEST JOHN, in 1948, and CHAMPAGNE GENERAL, in 1973; a Civil War story.

On June 21, 1996, Buddy Ebsen was inducted into the DeMolay Hall of Fame.

Besides acting and dancing, Buddy Ebsen was a part-time songwriter, and became a published author of a romantic novel at the age of 93, entitled KELLY'S QUEST.

Buddy Ebsen's notable credits include...

THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES (1993)
MAIL ORDER BRIDE (1964)
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S (1961)
BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL (1956)
SING YOUR WORRIES AWAY (1942)
THE KID FROM TEXAS (1939)
MY KUCKY STAR (1938)
BANJO ON MY KNEE (1936)
CAPTAIN JANUARY (1936)
BROADWAY MELODY OF 1936 (1935)


buddy-ebsen-image

Ebsen in THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES (1993).

ebsen-photo

Buddy Ebsen in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S (1961).