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Buddy Ebsen

Mostly Credited As: Buddy Ebsen
Birth Name: Christian Rudolph Ebsen Jr.
Date Of Birth: April 02, 1908 (Age 95)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Belleville, Illinois
Date Of Death: July 06, 2003
Cause Of Death: pneumonia (Torrance, CA)
Height: 6' 3" (1.9 m)

Buddy Ebsen


It's a classic case: the son refuses to follow in the father's footsteps -- just on principle. And so the stage and screen nearly lost one of their major talents, Buddy Ebsen, to the medical profession.
Born Christian Ebsen, Jr., in Belleville, Illinois, on April 2, Buddy Ebsen grew up in Orlando, Florida. His family moved there when the youngster was 10, and his father opened a dancing school.
But young Ebsen spurned dancing lessons. Instead, he went to the University of Florida and Rollins College to prepare for medical school. En route, he did an about face -- and decided to dance after all.
In New York he won his first Broadway role as a dancer in the 1928 Ziegfeld production of "Whoopee" wíth Eddie Cantor. His sister became his dancing partner, and for several years the team of Vilma and Buddy Ebsen drew attention in club engagements, on road tours and in musicals including "Flying Colors," a top revue of 1932.
Hollywood beckoned, and Ebsen's dancing style graced a multitude of pictures. Then, returning to the stage as a single, he was featured in additional musicals.
Ebsen later tried his hand at songwriting -- and once again he succeeded, His published tunes include "Wild Card," "Baby Blues," "Squeezin' Polka," "Handsome Stranger," "Snowshoe Thompson" and "Behave Yourself."
As a dramatic actor in motion pictures, Ebsen had major roles in "Attack," "Between Heaven and Hell," "The House," "Night People," "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "The Interns," "Mail Order Bride" and "The Family Band,"
His most famous television characterization before "The Beverly Hillbillies" was his co-starring role in "Davy Crockett,"
Ebsen was a member of the cast of "Andersonvilie Trial," the Lewis Freedman-produced, George C. Scott-directed drama which received wide national critical acclaim when shown on the Educational Television Network,
In 1971, a busy year for him, he went before the cameras in Metromedia's "Movie-of-the-Week," "The President's Plane Is Missing," enacting the role of the Vice President of the U,S, He guest-starred in several television films, among which were episodes of "Gunsmoke," "Hawaii Five-O," "Bonanza," and "Alias Smith and Jones." He was the host and narrator for "The Great Queen Mary Caper,"
Additionally, never neglecting the theatre, he starred in "Take Her, She's Mine," a successful comedy in which real-life relationships were played by his wife, Nancy, and his talented daughter, Bonnie.
Ebsen was a student of politics, literature, music, art and United States history. He was also an expert sailor as he displayed when he skippered his 35-foot Catamaran, Polynesian Concept, to victory in the 1968 Trans-Pacific Multi-Hull Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu.
The Ebsens had a ranch in Malibu Canyon and an ocean-front home in Newport Beach, California, where he kept the Polynesian Concept moored several months a year.
Ebsen met his wife, Nancy, while both were serving in the Coast Guard during World War II. They had four daughters, Susannah, 25, Cathy, 23, Bonnie, 21, Kiersten, 15, and a son, Dustin, 14, Ebsen also had two daughters by a previous marriage --Elizabeth and Alix.
He passed away on 2003 from pneumonia.

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TV Appearances

Main cast 
Barnaby Jones (1973)As: Barnaby Jones
Tony Awards (1967)As: Himself (Co-Host 1977)
The Beverly Hillbillies (1962)As: Jed Clampett
Northwest Passage (1958)As: Sgt. Hunk Marriner
Episode Cast Credits 

King of the Hill (1997) 
  A Fire Fighting We Will Go 03x10: (Jan/12/1999) Voiced  Chet Elderson, [Special Guest Stars]

Hardcastle & McCormick (1983) 
  Killer B's 01x09: (Nov/06/1983) As Himself 

The Wonderful World of Disney (1961) (1961) 
  Disneyland's 25th Anniversary Show 20x01: (Sep/14/1980) Voiced  Himself 
  NBC Salutes the 25th Anniversary of The Wonderful World of Disney 18x01: (Sep/17/1978) As Himself 

Tony Awards (1967) 
  The 31st Annual Tony Awards 11x01: (Jun/05/1977) As Himself (Co-Host) 

Tony Orlando and Dawn (1974) 
  Season 1, Episode 18 01x18: (Mar/19/1975) As Himself 

The Carol Burnett Show (1967) (1967) 
  with Wayne Rogers and Buddy Ebsen 08x20: (Mar/08/1975) As Himself 

Alias Smith and Jones (1971) 
  High Lonesome Country 03x02: (Sep/23/1972) As Phil Archer 
  What's in It for Mia? 02x22: (Feb/24/1972) As George Austin 

Night Gallery (1970) 
  The Waiting Room 02x52: (Jan/26/1972) As Soames, [Special Guest Stars]

Bonanza (1959) 
  The Saddle Stiff 13x17: (Jan/16/1972) As Cactus Murphy 
  The Sisters 01x14: (Dec/12/1959) As Sheriff Jesse Sanders 

Gunsmoke (1955) 
  Drago 17x11: (Nov/22/1971) As Drago 
  All That 07x05: (Oct/28/1961) As Print Quimby 
  Old Fool 06x15: (Dec/24/1960) As Hannibal Bass 

Hawaii Five-O (1968) (1968) 
  3,000 Crooked Miles to Honolulu 04x04: (Oct/05/1971) As Professor Ambrose Pierce, [Special Guest Stars]

The Dean Martin Show (1965) 
  Lena Horne / Zero Mostel / Buddy Ebsen 04x01: (Sep/19/1968) As Himself 
  Episode #70 05x27: (Nov/16/1967) As Himself 
  Buddy Ebsen / Cyd Charisse / Barbara McNair / Wisa D'Orso 03x10: (Nov/16/1967) As Himself 

The Red Skelton Show (1951) 
  Buddy Ebsen / Jackie and Gayle 15x21: (Jan/11/1966) As Himself 

The Hollywood Palace (1964) 
  Host: Buddy Ebsen 02x06: (Oct/31/1964) As Himself, [Guest Hosts]

Vacation Playhouse (1963) 
  The Graduation Dress 02x08: (Aug/10/1964) As Pa Jericho 

Tales of Wells Fargo (1957) 
  To Kill a Town 06x26: (Mar/31/1962) As Lou Reese 
  Dead Man's Street 04x31: (Apr/18/1960) As Ferguson 

Rawhide (1959) 
  The Pitchwagon 04x21: (Mar/02/1962) As George Stimson, [Special Guest Stars]
  Incident of the Stargazer 02x22: (Apr/01/1960) As Will Kinch 

Adventures in Paradise (1959) 
  One Way Ticket 03x10: (Dec/03/1961) As Ben Curtis 

Bus Stop (US) (1961) 
  The Man from Bootstrap 01x09: (Nov/26/1961) As Virgil Blessing 
  Cherie 01x07: (Nov/12/1961) As Virgil Blessing 

Have Gun, Will Travel (1957) 
  The Brothers 05x11: (Nov/25/1961) As Bram Holden 
  El Paso Stage 04x30: (Apr/15/1961) As Elmo Crane 

The Andy Griffith Show (1960) 
  Opie's Hobo Friend 02x06: (Nov/13/1961) As David Browne, [Special Guest Stars]

Gunslinger (1961) 
  Golden Circle 01x08: (Apr/13/1961) As Jed Spangler 

The Twilight Zone (1959) 
  The Prime Mover 02x21: (Mar/24/1961) As Jimbo Cobb 

77 Sunset Strip (1958) 
  Open and Close in One 03x27: (Mar/17/1961) As Baxter Kellogg 

Maverick (1957) 
  Last Stop Oblivion 04x22: (Feb/12/1961) As Nero Lyme 
  The Maverick Line 04x10: (Nov/20/1960) As Rumsey Plumb 
  The Cats of Paradise 03x05: (Oct/11/1959) As Scratch Madden 

Bronco (1958) 
  Apache Treasure 03x02: (Nov/07/1960) As Sgt. Cass 

Riverboat (1959) 
  The Water at Gorgeous Springs 02x07: (Nov/07/1960) As Niles Cox 

General Electric Theater (1953) 
  The Graduation Dress 09x07: (Oct/30/1960) As Pa Jericho 

Johnny Ringo (1959) 
  The Killing Bug 01x29: (Apr/28/1960) As Matt Sample 

Lock-Up (1959) 
  Death and Taxes 01x28: (Apr/02/1960) As Curly Simmons 

Black Saddle (1959) 
  The Apprentice 02x18: (Mar/11/1960) As Gurney Rhodes 

Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1958) 
  The Hanging Judge 02x10: (Dec/04/1959) As Bret 

Playhouse 90 (1956) 
  A Trip to Paradise 03x25: (Mar/26/1959) As Froelich 
  Free Weekend 03x10: (Dec/04/1958) As Phil 

The Steve Allen Show (1956) 
  NBC Fall Preview 04x03: (Sep/21/1958) As Himself 

Climax! (1954) 
  Tunnel of Fear 04x08: (Oct/24/1957) As Gaffney 
  Carnival at Midnight 03x16: (Jan/03/1957) As Ben 

Studio 57 (1954) 
  My Baby Boy 02x35: (Apr/28/1956) As Ira Farr 

Grand Ole Opry (1955) (1955) 
  Season 1, Episode 11 01x11: (Apr/28/1956) As Himself 

Disneyland (1954) 
  Davy Crockett: The Keelboat Race 02x10: (Nov/16/1955) As George Russel 
  Davy Crockett: At the Alamo 01x18: (Feb/23/1955) As George Russel 
  Davy Crockett: Goes to Congress 01x14: (Jan/26/1955) As George Russel 

Omnibus (US) (1952) 
  The House 02x22: (Mar/07/1954) As guest star 

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951) 
  Pussyfootin' Rocks 02x12: (Nov/21/1952) As guest star 

The Ed Wynn Show (1949) (1949) 
  Season 1, Episode 13 01x13: (Dec/15/1949) As Himself 
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