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Buddy Ebsen

Buddy Ebsen
Lt. Christian Rudolph "Buddy" Ebsen, Jr., USCGR
Personal information
Birth nameChristian Rudolph Ebsen, Jr.
Birth dateApril 2, 1908
Place of birthBelleville, Illinois, U.S.
Date of deathJuly 6, 2003(age 95)
Death placeTorrance Memorial Medical Center, Torrance, California, U.S.
Years active1928 - 2001
Height6-foot 3½ inches
SpouseDorothy Knott
(1985 - July 6, 2003) (his death) 1 child
Nancy Wolcott (1944 - 1985) 5 children
Ruth Cambridge (1936 - 1942) (divorced) 2 daughters

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Buddy Ebsen (April 2, 1908 - July 6, 2003) was an American character actor and dancer. 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, and played Barnaby Jones in the movie version of The Beverly Hillbillies. Ebsen also played Fess Parker's sidekick in Walt Disney's Davy Crockett miniseries (1953-54), and was cast as the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz (1939) until he fell ill due to an allergy to the makeup.

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