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Buddy Ebsen

Born: April 2, 1908, Belleville, Illinois
Died: July 6, 2003 (age 95), Torrance, California

Buddy EbsenBuddy Ebsen was born Christian Rudolph Ebsen, Jr., He was a versatile American character actor and dancer. A performer for seven decades, he is best remembered for his starring role as Jed Clampett in the popular 1960s television series, The Beverly Hillbillies.

What do you know about Buddy Ebsen? Try this Hollywood Quick Quiz.

1. Ebsen and his sisters (Vilma) learned to dance at the dance studio his father operated in Orlando. He and his sister formed an act and performed in supper clubs and in vaudeville. What did they become known as?

  • The Baby Astaires
  • Chris and Vilma
  • Bro and Sis

2. A rave review from a entertainment columnist, who saw them perform in Atlantic City, gave them a boost and led to a booking at the Palace Theatre, the pinnacle of the vaudeville world. Who wrote the rave review?

  • Walter Winchell
  • Ed Sullivan
  • Ted Mack

3. They moved to Hollywood, and made their film debut. What was the movie?

  • Broadway Melody of 1936
  • Dance Time in 1936
  • 1936s New Stars Review

4. What service did he serve in as a lieutenant during World War Two?

  • Navy
  • Marines
  • Coast Guard

5. He was a sidekick for a Singing Cowboy star in the early 1950s. Who was the star?

  • Roy Rogers
  • Gene Autry
  • Rex Allen

6. What was the Disney TV series he played George Russell?

  • Davy Crocket
  • Daniel Boone
  • Rin Tin Tin

7. Ebsen received critical acclaim for his breakthrough role of Doc Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's in 1961. He brought empathy and pathos to his fatherly portrayal of the rural veterinarian deserted by his young wife Holly, played by Audrey Hepburn.

  • True or False?

8. On The Beverly Hillbillies, one episode was the highest-rated half-hour on television to that time and remains the most-watched half-hour sitcom episode. What was the episode?

  • The Giant Jack Rabbit
  • Pa Comes Home
  • The Tennessee Mud Flaps

9. Ebsen returned to television in early 1973, as the title character, which proved to be his second long-running TV series of his long career. What was the series?

  • Cannon
  • Barnaby Jones
  • Alias Smith and Jones

10. His last regular television series was Matt Houston on ABC, starring Lee Horsley. Ebsen played Matt's uncle, Roy Houston, during the show's third season in 1984-1985.

  • True or False?

11. What was Ebsen's cause of death?

  • Pneumonia
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack

12. Where is Buddy Ebsen buried?

  • Cremated, ashes were scattered at sea
  • Common Burying Ground and Island Cemetery in Newport, Rhode Island
  • Church Green Cemetery, Taunton, Massachusetts

Buddy Ebsen Answers

  1. The Baby Astaires
  2. Walter Winchell
  3. Broadway Melody of 1936
  4. Coast Guard
  5. Rex Allen
  6. Davy Crocket
  7. True
  8. The Giant Jack Rabbit
  9. Barnaby Jones
  10. True
  11. Pneumonia
  12. Angels on your pillowCremated, ashes were scattered at sea

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