Dancer and actor Buddy Ebsen was born on April 2, 1908, in Belleville, Illinois. He initially pursued medicine, but left school for New York City before graduating. His first role was a Broadway chorus spot. He made films in the 1930s, but is best known for his film role in Disney’s Davy Crockett series in the 1950s and his television roles on The Beverly Hillbillies and Barnaby Jones. He died in 2003.
Buddy Ebsen Was Originally Cast As The Tin Man But Was Recast When The Make-up Almost Killed Him. With four weeks of rehearsal under his belt and all the Tin Woodsman songs recorded, Buddy Ebsen was rushed to the hospital when his lungs failed. He'd had a deadly lung infection caused by the silver aluminum dust mixed with clown paint being used as make-up. Ebsen spent two weeks in the hospital and another month recovering at home.
Buddy Ebsen (April 2, 1908 – July 6, 2003) Born in Belleville, IL. Enlisted in the Coast Guard during WW II serving from 1943-46. Dancer and actor best known for his television roles as Jed Clampett in The Beverly Hillbillies, and title role in Barnaby Jones.