Buddy Ebsen

  • 95
  • April 2, 1908 in Belleville, Illinois, USA
  • July 6, 2003

Buddy Ebsen, born Christian Ludolf Ebsen, Jr. 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". Ebsen was cast as the original Tin Man in 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz", but fell ill, reacting to the aluminum dust in his makeup, and was forced to drop out of the film.