Buddy Ebsen

Buddy Ebsen, the folksy star of television's "The Beverly Hillbillies" and "Barnaby Jones" who began his career as a popular Broadway dancer, died July 6, 2003, in Los Angeles, the New York Times reported. The cause was undisclosed. He was 95. Mr. Ebsen's seven-decade career began in New York, when the gangly, six-foot-three actor with the laid-back delivery was cast in the chorus of the 1928 Eddie Cantor vehicle Whoopee. He danced with his sister Vilma in that and several other Broadway shows, as well as in clubs and on the vaudeville circuit.

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  • Also known as: Christian Rudolph Ebsen
  • Born: Apr 2, 1908 in Belleville, Illinois
  • Death: Jul 6, 2003 in Torrance, California