Buddy Ebsen Net Worth

Buddy Ebsen Net Worth is
$2 Million

Buddy Ebsen Biography

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Quick Facts

Full NameBuddy Ebsen
Net Worth$2 Million
Date Of BirthApril 2, 1908
DiedJuly 6, 2003, Torrance, California, United States
Height1.92 m
ProfessionFilm producer, Actor, Dancer
EducationUniversity of Florida, Rollins College
SpouseDorothy Knott (m. 1985–2003), Nancy Wolcott McKeown (m. 1945–1985), Ruth Cambridge (m. 1936–1942)
ChildrenKiki Ebsen, Dustin Ebsen, Bonnie Ebsen, Alix Ebsen, Susannah Ebsen, Elizabeth Ebsen, Cathy Ebsen
ParentsChristian Ludolph Ebsen, Sr., Frances Ebsen
SiblingsVilma Ebsen, Leslie Ebsen, Helga Ebsen, Norma Ebsen
AwardsTV Land Favorite "Fish Out of Water" Award
MoviesBreakfast at Tiffany's, Captain January, Born to Dance, Broadway Melody of 1936, Broadway Melody of 1938, Banjo on My Knee, The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band, Mail Order Bride, Between Heaven and Hell, The Interns, My Lucky Star, Parachute Battalion, Night People, Four Girls in White, Red Garters, Silver City Bonanza, Sing Your Worries Away, Working Tra$h, Yellow Jack, Rodeo King and the Senorita, The Bastard, Utah Wagon Train, Under Mexicali Stars, Thunder in God's Country, Stone Fox, The Kid from Texas, The President's Plane Is Missing, The Horror at 37,000 Feet, The Andersonville Trial, Attack, Fire on the Mountain, Pioneers of Primetime
TV ShowsMatt Houston, Barnaby Jones, The Beverly Hillbillies, Northwest Passage, Davy Crockett

Interesting Facts

1 Bore a slight resemblance and sounded like Peter Graves.
2 Had often fallen asleep in his car and fallen asleep standing up, on the set of Barnaby Jones (1973).
3 He was most widely known to be a social butterfly.
4 Had commuted from his Newport Beach house to Los Angeles, every weekend for 8 1/2 seasons, while starring in Barnaby Jones (1973).
5 His daughter, Bonnie Ebsen, had guest-starred on Barnaby Jones (1973).
6 Had known Max Baer Jr.'s family, when Max was just a little boy. Years later, all grown up, Baer Jr. would co-star opposite Ebsen in The Beverly Hillbillies (1962).
7 He was known to be a very busy actor.
8 Had taught his The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) co-star, Max Baer Jr., how to sail, when sailing wasn't his cup of tea.
9 Had many times sailed with James Arness.
10 On both of his shows, The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) and Barnaby Jones (1973), his characters danced in a few episodes, in real-life, Ebsen was also a dancer.
11 Had a photographic memory. According to his Barnaby Jones (1973) co-star, Lee Meriwether, she said in an interview, Ebsen had a wonderful memory and would put his lines down immediately.
12 According to his The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) co-star, Donna Douglas, she said in an interview, that she reminded Ebsen of her late father. She also said in the same interview, most of her scenes, on that show were with Ebsen.
13 His good friend Ruth Warrick, and his former Barnaby Jones (1973) co-star, Lee Meriwether, both starred in the long-running daytime soap opera, All My Children (1970), from 1996 to 1998.
14 Ebsen had exchanged guitar lessons, with Fess Parker, who took dancing lessons.
15 Began his second show Barnaby Jones (1973) at age 64.
16 Said in an interview that his favorite show was The Beverly Hillbillies (1962).
17 Began writing songs in high school.
18 In 1962, Ebsen was one of the actors to have joined the ranks of other sitcom male lead stars, such as John Forsythe, Andy Griffith, Danny Thomas, Alan Young, Robert Young, Fred MacMurray and Ernest Borgnine (whose sitcom McHale's Navy (1962), debuted just 2 weeks after Ebsen's) to star in his own popular sitcom, The Beverly Hillbillies (1962).
19 Behind Mickey Rooney and Bob Hope, Ebsen was the third actor ever to have an extended acting career, longer than anybody else in the business.
20 Was the producers first choice for the lead role of Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier (1955), but lost the role to fellow actor Fess Parker. Ebsen played Parker's sidekick in the series.
21 Before he was a successful actor, in the 1930s, he formed a vaudeville act with his sister, Vilma Ebsen, performing throughout the country.
22 He and his third wife, Dorothy Knott, were stopped by a police officer. Then he stuck his head in the window, looked at Ebsen and said, 'Georgie Russell!' That was the only time that a cop has let either him and his wife off, by not giving them a ticket.
23 Longtime friends of Ruth Warrick, Michael Landon, James Arness and Cameron Mitchell.
24 When Ebsen was in his early 20s, he traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he participated in a lot of plays: 'Whoopee,' 'The Male Animal,' and 'Apple of His Eye.'.
25 Ebsen had a unique Disney connection. It was Disney that hired him in 1955 for the Davy Crockett series that ended an almost 20 year absence from leading movie roles after he rejected MGM's 1938 contract offer. Disney, however, appears to have always been a "good luck" charm for Ebsen. In his first film, Broadway Melody of 1936, in his first scene he is wearing a Mickey Mouse sweater. Ebsen appeared just a few years later in the followup film, Broadway Melody of 1938. In the second scene in which he appears, he is wearing a Donald Duck sweater/shirt.
26 Between The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) and Barnaby Jones (1973), he had roles on television for 18 consecutive seasons.
27 Was one of the two actors to appear in every episode of Barnaby Jones (1973).
28 Appeared on the front cover of TV Guide 8 times.
29 Buddy Ebsen died on July 6, 2003. Just 3 weeks after his death, his longtime best friend, comedian Bob Hope, passed away.
30 Was a spokesperson for the United Way in the late 1960s-early 1970s.
31 Had purchased the 4,398 square ft. house in Palos Verdes Estates, California, in, late 1985, and lived there until his death. The house was sold in 2007.
32 Attended Michael Landon's funeral in 1991.
33 He was set to make a cameo appearance on Son of the Beach (2000), but was forced to cancel it due to failing health.
34 Ebsen became embroiled in a contract dispute with MGM that left him idle for long periods.
35 Published his first novel: "Kelly's Quest." He is writing a novel based on his Barnaby Jones character. [April 2001]
36 Was a Boy Scout.
37 Had began writing since high school.
38 Celebrated his 84th birthday at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California in 1992. Among the guests were Donna Douglas, Max Baer Jr., his widow, Dorothy Knott, Leigh Taylor-Young, Barbara Eden, Fess Parker, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy, Jacklyn Zeman, Kin Shriner, Anthony Geary, Lee Horsley, Steve Allen, Pierce Brosnan, Milton Berle, Norm Crosby, Ray Conniff, Terry Moore, Ruth Warrick, Penny Singleton Joseph Cotten, Lew Ayres, Ann Rutherford, Virginia Mayo, Yvonne De Carlo, Jane Powell and Tony Martin.
39 Was good friends with Eddie Albert, where the two began their lifelong friendship from 1956 until Ebsen's own death in 2003. He worked with him on Attack (1956) and The Beverly Hillbillies (1962).
40 Survived by 7 children and 2 nephews.
41 Despite being an average student at Orlando High School, he was a member of the swimming team, which he participated all 4 years, who became a Florida State Champion. He also played football his senior year.
42 Ebsen's family moved to Palm Beach, Florida, in 1919, at age 11, to help his mother's aggravated sickness.
43 Before he was a successful actor, he did everything from being a lifeguard to being a waiter.
44 Before his death, both of his ex-The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) co-stars, Donna Douglas and Max Baer Jr., went to visit him in the hospital, during his final days.
45 His birthplace, Belleville, Illinois, is located 16 miles East of St. Louis, Missouri.
46 Had been an entertainer since the age of 20.
47 Longtime best friend Fess Parker attended his funeral.
48 On Barnaby Jones (1973), he played a private eye detective, on Matt Houston (1982), he also played a private eye detective.
49 Was a longtime friend of Dick Van Dyke, who hosted his memorial service on 30 August 2003.
50 Began his television series The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) at age 54.
51 Was one of the three actors who appeared in every episode of The Beverly Hillbillies (1962).
52 Was approached by Paul Henning for his first choice as the lead role of Jed Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies (1962).
53 Worked with William Conrad in episodes of both shows: Barnaby Jones (1973), which Conrad appeared on the first episode, and another afterwards and Cannon (1971).
54 Was Quinn Martin's first choice for the lead role of Barnaby Jones (1973), he accepted it, which was his comeback to television, after a 2 year absence.
55 Dancing ran in his family.
56 Long lives ran in his family.
57 His second ex-wife, Nancy Wolcott McKeown, died on May 14, 2008, just 1 day before her 90th birthday.
58 German was his first language.
59 Met Nancy Wolcott, when he was serving as a Coast Guard in World War II. The two would remain married, for 40 years, until their divorce in 1985.
60 Upon his death, he was cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea.
61 After his final guest-starring role on King of the Hill (1997), he retired from acting at age 91.
62 Before he was a successful actor, he worked at a soda fountain shop.
63 When he turned to acting, he and the rest of his family were financially broke.
64 Began his contract career at MGM in 1935.
65 Met Fess Parker, when they were both under contract at Disney, where the two began a lifelong friendship, from 1954 until Ebsen's own death in 2003. He was 16 years Parker's senior.
66 On The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), his character always wore a tattered hat, a tan coat, blue jeans and a fake mustache, in real-life, he wore none of those, ex. his blue jeans.
67 Got the nickname 'Buddy' from his aunt, so Christian changed his name to Buddy Ebsen.
68 Buddy Ebsen died on July 6, 2003. Just three months before his death, he celebrated his 95th birthday, on April 2.
69 Didn't start acting until he was age 28.
70 Moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1935.
71 Dropped out of college, to pursue showbiz.
72 Acting mentor and friends of Donna Douglas, Max Baer Jr. and Lee Meriwether.
73 Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1765 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
74 When he left Florida to arrive in New York City in 1928, he had $26.75 in his pocket. He and Vilma both formed the act, while attending supper clubs. In Vaudeville, they were known as "The Baby Astaires".
75 Future game show host Bob Barker, talk show host Jerry Springer and comedians Jim Varney, Drew Carey and Graham Elwood, all said Ebsen was their childhood television hero.
76 While filming Barnaby Jones (1973), he was hospitalized with pains in his legs. [2 July 1976].
77 Graduated from Orlando High School in Orlando, Florida, in 1926.
78 Remained friends with Donna Douglas and Max Baer Jr. during and after The Beverly Hillbillies (1962).
79 Remained friends with Lee Meriwether during and after Barnaby Jones (1973).
80 Of Danish and Latvian descent.
81 At age 12, his family moved to Orlando, Florida, where Ebsen was raised.
82 Before he was a successful actor, he was a successful singer and dancer.
83 Was very good friends with: Fess Parker, Raymond Bailey, Irene Ryan, Eddie Albert, Frank Cady, Bea Benaderet, Cameron Mitchell, Broderick Crawford, Robert Conrad, Larry Manetti, Shirley Temple, Jane Withers, Eleanor Powell, Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, John Wayne, James Arness, Dick Van Dyke, William Shatner, Ray Bolger, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Kenneth Tobey, Donald O'Connor, Florence Rice, Vilma Ebsen, Fred Astaire, Jonathan Winters, Una Merkel, Paul Henning, Linda Henning, Keith Larsen, John Carter, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Fred MacMurray, Tony Martin, Ruth Warrick, Jane Wyman, Beverly Garland, Mickey Rooney, Ruta Lee, Clint Eastwood, Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Charles Lane and Patricia Neal.
84 He had 15 hobbies over his long life: dancing, playing guitar, coin collecting, swimming, golfing, riding horses, sailing, painting, building sailboats, spending time with his family, politics, gardening, fishing, traveling and singing.
85 His series The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) was canceled at the end of the ninth season, because of the infamous rural purge that axed all shows in 1971.
86 His series Barnaby Jones (1973) was canceled at the end of the eighth season, because Buddy had decided to retire from acting.
87 After he died, his family sent Shirley Temple an invitation to his memorial, but she declined.
88 Co-founder of the Beverly Hills Coin Club with a young, unknown actor, Chris Aable.
89 His former Barnaby Jones (1973) co-star, Lee Meriwether, said he reminded her a lot of Ray MacDonnell, with whom she had a wonderful relationship on All My Children (1970).
90 Almost all of his sisters lived long lives, just like Buddy himself. Helga died in 1994, at the age of 92 and Norma died in 1996, also at the age of 92. His sister, Vilma, died in 2007, just four years after her brother's own death.
91 Son Dustin Ebsen is married to Stan Freberg 's daughter Donna.
92 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 161-163. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
93 Best remembered by the public for his starring role as Jed Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) or as the lead role on Barnaby Jones (1973).
94 He and his The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) co-star, Donna Douglas, had a lot in common. Like Buddy, she too is a successful singer (of gospel), is also a character actress, and is also a Republican.
95 Owned a 36-acre ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains.
96 He served in the Coast Guard during World War II as the executive officer on the Pocatello, a submarine chaser in the North Pacific.
97 Fathered two daughters, Elizabeth Ebsen and Alix Ebsen, with his first wife, Ruth. Had five additional children (Susannah, Cathy, Bonnie Ebsen, Kiersten Kiki Ebsen, and Dustin Ebsen) with his second wife, Nancy.
98 He and sister Vilma Ebsen performed in vaudeville doing variations on the same theme -- with Vilma playing a dancing instructor who teaches the seemingly uncoordinated country doofas Buddy how to dance. A vaudeville showstopper in such shows as "Whoopee!", "Flying Colors" and "The Ziegfeld Follies of 1934", they were known for a time as "The Baby Astaires".
99 Had four sisters - Helga, Norma, Vilma Ebsen and Leslie. He was the middle child.
100 Set up the Ebsen School of Dance in Pacific Palisades, California. When Buddy was young, his father, a physical fitness advocate, taught dance in West Palm Beach, Florida. This is where Buddy and younger sister Vilma Ebsen learned their craft and they appeared in local and school productions.
101 In the last two years of his life, he recorded his first CD in which he sang some of his own songs.
102 Taught Judy Garland the shim-sham shimmy while they were at MGM.
103 Appeared in three musical film extravaganzas starring tap great Eleanor Powell.
104 Was initiated into DeMolay at the John M. Cheney Chapter in Orlando Florida, in 1926. DeMolay is a Masonic youth organization for young men between 12 and 21. Was inducted into the DeMolay Hall of Fame on June 21, 1996.
105 Wrote a half dozen plays, five of which were produced, including a farce called Honest John in 1948 and Champagne General in 1973, a Civil War story. Also a part-time songwriter, he became a newly-published author of a romantic novel at the age of 93, titled Kelly's Quest.
106 One of his last roles was a gag cameo in The Beverly Hillbillies (1993) in which Jim Varney played Jed Clampett. Ebsen showed up as Barnaby Jones.
107 His father owned a dance studio, and when Ebsen was a young boy insisted that he take dance lessons.
108 Director Norman Foster first recommended Ebsen to Walt Disney to play Davy Crockett, and Disney was "half sold" on the idea. Then Disney saw Fess Parker in the sci-fi film Them! (1954) and cast the strapping actor as the famed frontiersman. Ebsen was crestfallen because he knew how big the picture would be. The next day the studio signed Ebsen on as Crockett's weatherbeaten sidekick, Georgie Russel. The part helped to turn his career around and arguably played a part in Ebsen's getting the role of the equally grizzled and popular Jed Clampett.
109 Initially wanted to become a doctor. He took premed courses at Rollins College and the University of Florida, but his mother persuaded him into show business.
110 In 1938, MGM offered him a seven-year contract, starting at $2,000 a week but requiring him to give the studio absolute control over his career. He rejected it. MGM blackballed him and his film career went into eclipse for nearly 20 years, until Walt Disney hired him to play Georgie Russel, Davy Crockett's sidekick, in Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier (1955).
111 After seeing Ebsen in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), the creator of The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) wanted him to play family patriarch Jed Clampett. At the time, Ebsen was thinking of retiring, but the producers sent him a copy of the script, and he changed his mind.
112 An outspoken Republican, he helped defeat Nancy Kulp, his co-star in The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), in her 1984 Democratic congressional bid in Pennsylvania. Ebsen made radio ads for her opponent accusing Kulp of being "too liberal" and not good for the district. The two did not speak for years after the incident, but eventually settled their differences.
113 Originally cast as the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz (1939), Buddy was hospitalized as a result of inhaling aluminum powder used as part of his make-up. One chorus of "We're Off to See the Wizard" in the movie and soundtrack album retain Ebsen's original vocals as the Tin Man, recorded before he was forced to leave the production. Because of the prolonged hospitalization, he was replaced by Jack Haley (whose reformulated make-up used pre-mixed aluminium dust), and Ebsen's scenes were re-shot using Haley. Footage of Ebsen as the Tin Man still exists, and was included as an extra with the U.S. 50th anniversary video release of The Wizard of Oz (1939).
114 Became a bestselling author at age 93. [2001]
115 Had surgery on June 10, 1998 to repair an aortic valve in his heart.
116 Attended Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida shortly before starting his film career.
117 In the 1930s, Disney animators filmed him dancing in front of a grid to "choreograph" Wayne Allwine's dance steps for the Silly Symphony cartoons.
118 His first wife, Ruth, was originally Walter Winchell's secretary/Girl Friday.


1 Towering height.
2 The catchphrase "Wellll, doggies!"
3 His deep, croaking, commanding voice
4 The role of Jed Clampett in The Beverly Hillbillies (1962).
5 His unusual, almost surreal dancing and singing style


1 I can walk on any stage in the English-speaking world and say, 'Well, doggies!' and I'm home free.
2 [For gaining popularity as the sixty-something Barbaby Jones]: With such a glut of private-eye shows, I didn't see how another one could succeed, I really thought the network was making a mistake.
3 They had poise. They never felt out of place.
4 [As to why he didn't want to star in The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), in the first place]: I was reluctant to do it, because I didn't think I had any business in this picture because it was gonna be all new people. And then Penelope got on the phone and finally persuaded me to do it. She felt that it was a good comedy notion, and I think it turned out she was right.
5 [Who said in 1993 about an admirer Jim Varney playing his predecessor's role that made him famous, 3 decades ago]: I want to welcome Jim Varney into a very exclusive club. That's the Uncle Jed Club. There are hundreds of actors that have played Hamlet, but only two have played Jed Clampett.
6 [on the effects of aluminum poisoning that forced his relinquishing the 'Tin Man' role] Production had been underway for ten days when, one night after dinner,I took a deep breath - and nothing happened! I felt like no air had reached my lungs... as though someone had coated them with glue. And my breathing was excruciatingly labored. I wondered if I was dying.
7 [In 1993]: "It's therapeutic. When I get depressed, I just rent a cassette [of it] and I feel good. I don't have to see a doctor."
8 [For gaining popularity for playing fifty-something Jed Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies]: "I don't see how people can see themselves or their friends in our show."
9 [Who said in 1964 when his first given name was: Christian Rudolph Ebsen, Jr.]: "It was a German community, and the schools taught German as well as English. Although it was my first language, I never became fluent in it. When I was filming 'Night People' in Berlin, a few years ago, I was often complimented on my accent, but never on my vocabulary or grammar."
10 [Who said in 1971 as to why he'd done things on tour rather than staying at home sailing one of his boats]: "Well, I've always loved the stage, and naturally it's been a long time since I played to a live audience. So I got this hankering, or itch, maybe it's almost like a disease"
11 [About Cass Daley]: "Anyway, Cass Daley is with me in the cast of 10 and it's a happy group we have. I don't want to sound like a Don Quixote-type character, but I'm sort of on a one-man rampage to find out if there isn't a place on stage for good, clean fun, the kind of wholesome entertainment people used to enjoy some years back. And so far, the attendance on this tour has backed me up."
12 They got a lot of very important people to make a comment about 'Hillbillies,' its position in the general tapestry of Americana.
13 [When he was playing the saxophone, the same instrument that inspired future president Bill Clinton, to play it long after him]: "Sixty-seven years ago, I owned a saxophone and played in the high school band. I said, 'Shucks, if he can do it, I can.'"
14 [Who believed in 1962 about The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) making it a surefire hit]: "It has several things going for it - including the scripts. First, there's the contrast between a historically primitive culture and an extremely modern one. And the simple one doesn't come off second best because the people are kind and direct. Then, there's the business about the country jakes with 25 million dollars who appear to be ripe for the slickers - but never get taken because of their basic honesty and goodness. People always like that - the story of the wise fools, a classic."
15 [Who said in 1963 about his career before starring in The Beverly Hillbillies (1962)]: "I'm a straight man in the series. Jed is essentially not a comedy character, so my job is to set up the situations and the lines. Occasionally, Jed will make a droll observation and sometimes when the show is slanted toward him, I'll play in a comedy scene. But for the most part I feed lines to the others."
16 My father was born in what used to be Denmark and later became part of Germany. After what my uncle told him about his experiences in the German army, my father thought he had better get out of the country fast. That's why he came to the United States when he was 16 and went to Chicago, where his sister had married the postmaster.
17 [Where he spent most of his time aboard a weather ship outside of Seattle, where he doesn't consider a total loss]: "I met my present wife Nancy during the war. She was in the Coast Guard, too, and stationed in Seattle as a communications officer. We were both lieutenants, j.g., but I got my extra half stripe before we got married, so I outranked her."
18 [Who said in 1977 about his tune, The September Song, taken from Knickerbocker Holiday]: "I don't consider 'September Song' a survivor song, but there is one line which expresses why I'll never retire. That's these few golden days I'll spend with you."
19 [Who was still going on strong with his Barnaby Jones character]: "After this, I'll just get into something else. Some other job. I can't do nothing."
20 I have about six plays and I want to write 'My First 50 Years in Show Business.' My mother, God bless her, saved every letter from 1928 on. Every clipping pictures. She squirreled it all away.
21 [When he had a lot of time writing, Mark Shera, joined the cast of Barnaby Jones (1973), as J.R.]: "I said we have two clever people on the show. Lee Meriwether and Mark Shera. I said why don't you do a number of shows in which they carry the load. They agreed to that and it gives me more time to do the things I want to do."
22 [Of his Barnaby Jones character]: "Barnaby is more of a fox. He counterpunches. Let's somebody make a mistake and he capitalizes on it."
23 [on being a best-selling author]: "Writing fiction, there are no limits to what you write as long as it increases the value of the paper you are writing on."
24 [Who said as to why The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) was his favorite TV series to date]: "The one flaw in this is that you can't hear the people laughing."
25 [Who said in 1965 about his stage performances]: "I probably enjoyed show business most when I was doing plays like 'The Male Animal' and 'Good Night, Ladies,' when people would lay down their money and laugh and you'd see them walk out happy. By God, I'd feel honest. I could go home with a good taste in my mouth. You'd feel better, you'd feel more alive and like you were justifying your existence."
26 [Who thought in 1973 for a while about the Barnaby Jones character he portrayed]: "Besides being older, he approaches problems more calmly. Not that he's incapable of being worked up. He has compassion for the victim, compassion for the bereaved and compassion really for the convicted. Not that he's soft. He's a embodiment of what someone once said about a tough skipper-he's hard, but he's fair."
27 I've been typecast as various things in my career. As a cute little-well, not-so-little, brother-sister dance team. I got by that and that was deliberate. I played heavies for about eight or nine years. It was my agent's idea. He said we'd have to break this mold.
28 [When asked why he had returned to the rigors of a weekly show (Matt Houston (1982)), at the age of 76. (1984)]: "I'm used to getting up at dawn and going to the studio to be with my pals on the set. It's my lifestyle and I wouldn't trade it for any other."
29 'As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.' Often the values of the influences imposed on us by our mothers and fathers, our teachers and certain friends, are not realized until years later, when we, as a sailor does, look back at our wakes to determine the course we have steered that got us to where we are. Today when I look back, then look around me to see with whom I am standing, I fully realize the influence on my life that must be credited to DeMolay.
30 You get more negative reactions than positive reactions as you go through life, and the big lesson is nobody counts you out but yourself...I never have, I never will.
31 [Commenting on having written a romance novel at age 93]: "There are a lot of mes."
32 You take a blank piece of paper and, whatever you're thinking, you write it down. I'm very satisfied if, in my mind, it increased the value of the paper. That's what writing should do. It should increase the value of the paper.


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Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2004 TV Land Award TV Land Awards Favorite "Fish Out of Water" The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) Max Baer Jr.

Donna Douglas

Irene Ryan
1984 Golden Boot Golden Boot Awards
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 1765 Vine Street.



The Bastard 1978 TV Movie Benjamin Edes
Leave Yesterday Behind 1978 TV Movie Doc
Smash-Up on Interstate 5 1976 TV Movie Al Pearson
The Tiny Tree 1975 TV Short Squire Badger (Narrator) (voice)
Cannon 1975 TV Series Barnaby Jones
The President's Plane Is Missing 1973 TV Movie Vice President Kermit Madigan
Tom Sawyer 1973 TV Movie Muff Potter
The Horror at 37,000 Feet 1973 TV Movie Glenn Farlee
Alias Smith and Jones 1972 TV Series Phil Archer / George Austin
The Daughters of Joshua Cabe 1972 TV Movie Joshua Cabe
Night Gallery 1972 TV Series Doc Soames (segment "The Waiting Room")
Bonanza 1959-1972 TV Series Cactus Murphy / Sheriff Jesse Sanders
Gunsmoke 1960-1971 TV Series Drago / Print Quimby / Hannibal Bass
Hawaii Five-O 1971 TV Series Professor Ambrose Pierce
The Beverly Hillbillies 1962-1971 TV Series Jed Clampett
The Andersonville Trial 1970 TV Movie Dr. John Bates
The Dean Martin Show 1970 TV Series
The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band 1968 Calvin Bower
The Red Skelton Hour 1966 TV Series Jed Clampett
Mr. Kingston 1964 TV Movie
Mail Order Bride 1964 Will Lane
The Interns 1962 Dr. Sidney Wohl
Checkmate 1962 TV Series Pete O'Mara
Westinghouse Presents: That's Where the Town Is Going 1962 TV Movie George Prebble
Tales of Wells Fargo 1960-1962 TV Series Lou Reese
Rawhide 1960-1962 TV Series George Stimson / Will Kinch
King of Diamonds 1962 TV Series Anderson
Adventures in Paradise 1961 TV Series Ben Curtis
Bus Stop 1961 TV Series Virge Blessing
Have Gun - Will Travel 1961 TV Series Bram Holden / Marshal Elmo Crane
The Andy Griffith Show 1961 TV Series David Browne
Breakfast at Tiffany's 1961 Doc Golightly
The Barbara Stanwyck Show 1961 TV Series Dr. Mark Carroll
Gunslinger 1961 TV Series Jed Spangler
The Twilight Zone 1961 TV Series Jimbo Cobb
77 Sunset Strip 1961 TV Series Baxter Kellogg
Maverick 1959-1961 TV Series Nero Lyme / Rumsey Plumb / Sheriff Scratch Madden
The Best of the Post 1961 TV Series The Trumpet Man
Bronco 1960 TV Series Sergeant Cass
Riverboat 1960 TV Series Niles Cox
General Electric Theater 1960 TV Series Pa Jericho
Johnny Ringo 1960 TV Series Matt Sample
Lock Up 1960 TV Series Curly Simmons
Black Saddle 1960 TV Series Gurney Rhodes
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse 1959 TV Series Bret
Playhouse 90 1958-1959 TV Series Froelich / Phil
Northwest Passage 1958-1959 TV Series Sergeant Hunk Marriner Hunk Marriner
Climax! 1957 TV Series Gaffney / Ben
Lux Video Theatre 1957 TV Series Paul
Strange Stories 1956 TV Series
Between Heaven and Hell 1956 Pvt. Willie Crawford
Attack 1956 Sfc. Tolliver - Fox Co.
Screen Directors Playhouse 1956 TV Series Fred
Studio 57 1956 TV Series Ira Farr
Corky and White Shadow 1956 TV Series Sheriff Matt Brady
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1954-1955 TV Series George Russel
The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater 1955 TV Series Mike Applegate
Night People 1954 Sgt. Eddie McColloch
Omnibus 1954 TV Series Pat Humbert
Red Garters 1954 Ginger Pete
Schlitz Playhouse 1952 TV Series Ripplehissian gang
Broadway Television Theatre 1952 TV Series William Magee / Henry Williams / Preston Mitchell / ...
Gruen Guild Theater 1952 TV Series the Genie
Chevron Theatre 1952 TV Series
Utah Wagon Train 1951 Snooper
Rodeo King and the Senorita 1951 Muscles Benton
Stars Over Hollywood 1951 TV Series
Thunder in God's Country 1951 Happy Hooper
Silver City Bonanza 1951 Gabe Horne
Under Mexicali Stars 1950 Homer Oglethorpe
The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre 1949 TV Series
Sing Your Worries Away 1942 Tommy Jones
Parachute Battalion 1941 Jeff Hollis
They Met in Argentina 1941 Duke Ferrel
The Wizard of Oz 1939 The Tin Man (singing voice, uncredited)
The Kid from Texas 1939 'Snifty'
Four Girls in White 1939 Express
My Lucky Star 1938 Buddy
Yellow Jack 1938 'Jellybeans'
The Girl of the Golden West 1938 'Alabama'
Broadway Melody of 1938 1937 Peter Trot
Banjo on My Knee 1936 Buddy
Born to Dance 1936 'Mush' Tracy
Captain January 1936 Paul Roberts
Broadway Melody of 1936 1935 Ted
King of the Hill 1999 TV Series Chet Elderson
Burke's Law 1994 TV Series Louie Pike
The Beverly Hillbillies 1993 Barnaby Jones
Working Tra$h 1990 TV Movie Vandevere Lodge
CBS Summer Playhouse 1987 TV Series Buddy Tucker
Stone Fox 1987 TV Movie Grandpa
Milroy: Santa's Misfit Mutt 1987 Video short Santa Claus (voice)
Matt Houston 1984-1985 TV Series Roy Houston
Finder of Lost Loves 1984 TV Series Walter Lewis
The Yellow Rose 1984 TV Series Toat Gilmore
Fire on the Mountain 1981 TV Movie John Vogelin
The Return of the Beverly Hillbillies 1981 TV Movie Jed Clampett
Barnaby Jones 1973-1980 TV Series Barnaby Jones
The Paradise Connection 1979 TV Movie Stuart Douglas
The Critical List 1978 TV Movie Charles Sprague


Quest for Camelot Sing-Alongs 1998 Video short performer: "We're Off To See The Wizard"
That's Entertainment! III 1994 Documentary performer: "Follow in My Footsteps" 1937 - uncredited
Milroy: Santa's Misfit Mutt 1987 Video short performer: "Santa's Song"
Living Seas 1986 TV Movie performer: "At the Codfish Ball"
The 31st Annual Tony Awards 1977 TV Special performer: "I'm Still Here", "September Song"
The Tiny Tree 1975 TV Short performer: "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day", "Minuet For Clarinet"
That's Entertainment! 1974 performer: "Your Broadway and My Broadway" 1937 - uncredited
A Family Thing 1968 TV Special performer: "Consider Yourself", "The Old Soft Shoe", "What the World Needs Now Is Love"
The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band 1968 performer: "Oh, Benjamin Harrison"
The Danny Kaye Show 1964 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Beverly Hillbillies 1962-1963 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Grand Ole Opry 1956 TV Series performer - 1 episode
MGM Parade 1955 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dateline: Disneyland 1955 TV Special documentary performer: "Bang! Went Old Betsy"
Red Garters 1954 performer: "Lady Killer"
Behave Yourself! 1951 "Behave Yourself!"
The Ed Wynn Show 1949 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sing Your Worries Away 1942 performer: "Sing Your Worries Away" 1942, "Cindy Lou McWilliams" 1942, "Sally"
Parachute Battalion 1941 performer: "The Arkansas Traveler" - uncredited
They Met in Argentina 1941 "North America Meets South America", "I Congratulate You, Mr Cowboy", uncredited / performer: "I Congratulate You, Mr Cowboy", "You've Got the Best of Me", "Lolita", "Cutting the Cane", "Never Go to Argentina If You Don't Dance" - uncredited
The Wizard of Oz 1939 performer: "We're Off To See The Wizard" 1939, "If I Only Had the Nerve/We're Off To See The Wizard" 1939 - uncredited
The Kid from Texas 1939 performer: "Right in the Middle of Texas" 1939
My Lucky Star 1938 performer: "Could You Pass in Love?", "This May Be the Night", "I've Got a Date with a Dream"
The Girl of the Golden West 1938 performer: "The Wind In The Trees" 1938, "The West Ain't Wild Anymore" 1938 - uncredited
Broadway Melody of 1938 1937 performer: "Yours and Mine" 1937, "Follow in My Footsteps" 1937, "Your Broadway and My Broadway" 1937 - uncredited
Banjo on My Knee 1936 performer: "With a Banjo on My Knee" 1936
Born to Dance 1936 performer: "Rolling Home" 1936 uncredited, "Hey, Babe, Hey" 1936, "Easy to Love" 1936 uncredited, "Swingin' the Jinx Away" 1936 uncredited
Captain January 1936 performer: "At the Codfish Ball" 1936, "The Sailor's Hornpipe" uncredited
Broadway Melody of 1936 1935 performer: "Broadway Rhythm" 1935, "Sing Before Breakfast" 1935, "On a Sunday Afternoon" 1935 - uncredited


The Paradise Connection 1979 TV Movie producer


Walt: The Man Behind the Myth 2001 TV Movie documentary grateful acknowledgment


American Masters 2004 TV Series documentary Himself - Actor
Walt: The Man Behind the Myth 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Memories of Oz 2001 TV Special short documentary Himself
Pioneers of Primetime 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
Vicki! 1994 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1994 TV Series Himself
The Legend of the Beverly Hillbillies 1993 TV Special documentary Jed Clampett
Jerry Springer 1993 TV Series Himself
One on One with John Tesh 1991 TV Series Himself
Hard Copy 1990 TV Series Himself
The Morning Program 1987 TV Series Himself
The Disney Family Album 1984-1986 TV Series documentary Narrator / Himself / George Russel
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan 1985 TV Special Himself
The Annual Friars Club Tribute Presents a Salute to Gene Kelly 1985 TV Movie Himself
Reading Rainbow 1985 TV Series Himself
Hardcastle and McCormick 1983 TV Series Himself
The 8th Annual People's Choice Awards 1982 TV Special Himself
Kraft Salutes Disneyland's 25th Anniversary 1980 TV Special Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1972-1980 TV Series Himself - Actor
Good Morning America 1980 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1979 TV Series Himself
The 5th Annual People's Choice Awards 1979 TV Special Himself
NBC Salutes the 25th Anniversary of the Wonderful World of Disney 1978 TV Movie documentary Himself
CBS: On the Air 1978 TV Mini-Series documentary Co-host - part IV
The People's Command Performance 1978 TV Special Himself - Host
CBS Galaxy 1977 TV Special Himself - Guest
The 31st Annual Tony Awards 1977 TV Special Himself - Host, Performer & Presenter: Best Actress in a Play & Best Choreography
Dinah! 1976 TV Series Himself
The 29th Annual Tony Awards 1975 TV Special Himself - Presenter
At Long Last Cole 1975 TV Movie Himself
Tony Orlando and Dawn 1975 TV Series Himself
The Carol Burnett Show 1975 TV Series Himself
ABC Late Night 1974 TV Series Himself
Walt Disney: A Golden Anniversary Salute 1973 TV Special Himself
This Is Your Life 1971 TV Series Himself
Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters 1969 TV Series Himself
A Family Thing 1968 TV Special Himself
The Jonathan Winters Show 1968 TV Series Himself
The Dean Martin Show 1967-1968 TV Series Himself
The Dean Martin Summer Show 1966 TV Series Himself
Hollywood Talent Scouts 1966 TV Series Himself
The Danny Kaye Show 1964-1965 TV Series Himself
The Hollywood Palace 1964-1965 TV Series Himself / Himself - Host
The Entertainers 1965 TV Series Himself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium 1964 TV Series Himself
The Andy Williams Show 1963 TV Series Himself
The Bing Crosby Show 1963 TV Series Himself
CBS: The Stars' Address 1963 TV Movie Himself
The Bob Hope Show 1963 TV Series Himself
Here's Hollywood 1961 TV Series Himself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1958 TV Series Himself - Northwest Passage
Disneyland, U.S.A. 1956 Documentary short Himself - as George Russel
Grand Ole Opry 1956 TV Series Himself
Dateline: Disneyland 1955 TV Special documentary Himself
The Martha Raye Show 1954 TV Series Himself
All Star Revue 1951 TV Series Himself
The Ed Wynn Show 1949 TV Series Himself
Hollywood Hobbies 1939 Short Himself (uncredited)
Houston Post Contest Winners Arrive in Los Angeles 1939 Short Himself

Archive Footage

The Sixties 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Jed Clampett
Family Band: The Cowsills Story 2011 Documentary Himself
Pioneers of Television 2011 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
To Oz! The Making of a Classic 2009 Video documentary short Himself
The Yellow Brick Road and Beyond 2009 Video documentary Himself
TV Land Moguls 2009 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
CMT: The Greatest - 20 Greatest Country Comedy Shows 2006 TV Special Jed Clampett
Biography 1994-2005 TV Series documentary Himself / George Russel in 'Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier'
Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years 2005 Documentary short Himself (uncredited)
The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2004 TV Special Himself (Memorial Tribute)
'Weird Al' Yankovic: The Ultimate Video Collection 2003 Video Jed Clampett (Beverly Hillbillies) (uncredited)
E! True Hollywood Story 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Television: The First Fifty Years 1999 Video documentary Jed Clampett
'Weird Al' Yankovic: The Videos 1996 Video Jed Clampett (Beverly Hillbillies)
Bad Hair Day: The Videos 1996 Video short Jed Clampett (Beverly Hillbillies) (uncredited)
That's Entertainment! III 1994 Documentary Performer in Clip from 'Broadway Melody of 1938' (uncredited)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic 1990 TV Movie documentary Himself
Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah 1986 Video short George Russell
The Carol Burnett Show 1978 TV Series Himself
Fred Astaire Salutes the Fox Musicals 1974 TV Movie Himself
That's Entertainment! 1974 Clip from 'Broadway Melody of 1938'
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1972 TV Series Calvin Bower
Fury River 1961 Sergeant Hunk Marriner
Mission of Danger 1960 Hunk Marriner
Frontier Rangers 1959 Sergeant Hunk Marriner
Davy Crockett and the River Pirates 1956 George Russel
Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier 1955 George Russel

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