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Buddy Ebsen (1908–2003)


Buddy Ebsen began his career as a dancer in the late 1920s in a Broadway chorus. He later formed a vaudeville act with his sister Vilma Ebsen, which also appeared on Broadway. In 1935 he and his sister went to Hollywood, where they were signed for the first of MGM's Eleanor Powell movies, Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935). While Vilma retired from ... See full bio »

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 1994 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Louie Pike
- Who Killed Nick Hazard? (1994) ... Louie Pike
 1990 Working Tra$h (TV Movie)
Vandevere Lodge
 1987 CBS Summer Playhouse (TV Series)
Buddy Tucker
- The Time of Their Lives (1987) ... Buddy Tucker
 1987 Stone Fox (TV Movie)
Grandpa
 1987 Milroy: Santa's Misfit Mutt (Video short)
Santa Claus (voice)
 1984 Finder of Lost Loves (TV Series)
Walter Lewis
- Old Friends (1984) ... Walter Lewis
 1984 The Yellow Rose (TV Series)
Toat Gilmore
- Deadline (1984) ... Toat Gilmore
 1981 Fire on the Mountain (TV Movie)
John Vogelin
 1979 The Paradise Connection (TV Movie)
Stuart Douglas
 1978 The Critical List (TV Movie)
Charles Sprague
 1978 The Bastard (TV Movie)
Benjamin Edes
 1978 Leave Yesterday Behind (TV Movie)
Doc
 1976 Smash-Up on Interstate 5 (TV Movie)
Al Pearson
 1975 The Tiny Tree (TV Short)
Squire Badger (Narrator) (voice)
 1975 Cannon (TV Series)
Barnaby Jones
 1973 The President's Plane Is Missing (TV Movie)
Vice President Kermit Madigan
 1973 Tom Sawyer (TV Movie)
Muff Potter
 1973 The Horror at 37,000 Feet (TV Movie)
Glenn Farlee
 1972 Alias Smith and Jones (TV Series)
Phil Archer / George Austin
- High Lonesome Country (1972) ... Phil Archer
- What's in It for Mia? (1972) ... George Austin
 1972 The Daughters of Joshua Cabe (TV Movie)
Joshua Cabe
 1972 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Doc Soames (segment "The Waiting Room")
- The Waiting Room/Last Rites for a Dead Druid (1972) ... Doc Soames (segment "The Waiting Room")
 1959-1972 Bonanza (TV Series)
Cactus Murphy / Sheriff Jesse Sanders
- The Saddle Stiff (1972) ... Cactus Murphy
- The Sisters (1959) ... Sheriff Jesse Sanders
 1960-1971 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Drago / Print Quimby / Hannibal Bass
- Drago (1971) ... Drago
- All That (1961) ... Print Quimby
- Old Fool (1960) ... Hannibal Bass
 1971 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Professor Ambrose Pierce
- 3,000 Crooked Miles to Honolulu (1971) ... Professor Ambrose Pierce
 1970 The Andersonville Trial (TV Movie)
Dr. John Bates
 1964 Mail Order Bride
Will Lane
 1962 The Interns
Dr. Sidney Wohl
 1962 Checkmate (TV Series)
Pete O'Mara
- Side by Side (1962) ... Pete O'Mara
 1960-1962 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Lou Reese
- To Kill a Town (1962) ... Lou Reese
 1960-1962 Rawhide (TV Series)
George Stimson / Will Kinch
- The Pitchwagon (1962) ... George Stimson
- Incident of the Stargazer (1960) ... Will Kinch
 1962 King of Diamonds (TV Series)
Anderson
- King Size Search (1962) ... Anderson
 1961 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
Ben Curtis
- One Way Ticket (1961) ... Ben Curtis
 1961 Bus Stop (TV Series)
Virge Blessing
- Cherie (1961) ... Virge Blessing
 1961 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Bram Holden / Marshal Elmo Crane
- The Brothers (1961) ... Bram Holden
- El Paso Stage (1961) ... Marshal Elmo Crane
 1961 The Andy Griffith Show (TV Series)
David Browne
- Opie's Hobo Friend (1961) ... David Browne
 1961 Breakfast at Tiffany's
Doc Golightly
 1961 The Barbara Stanwyck Show (TV Series)
Dr. Mark Carroll
- Little Big Mouth (1961) ... Dr. Mark Carroll
 1961 Gunslinger (TV Series)
Jed Spangler
- Golden Circle (1961) ... Jed Spangler
 1961 Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Jimbo Cobb
- The Prime Mover (1961) ... Jimbo Cobb
 1961 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Baxter Kellogg
- Open and Close in One (1961) ... Baxter Kellogg
 1959-1961 Maverick (TV Series)
Nero Lyme / Rumsey Plumb / Sheriff Scratch Madden
- Last Stop: Oblivion (1961) ... Nero Lyme
- The Maverick Line (1960) ... Rumsey Plumb
- The Cats of Paradise (1959) ... Sheriff Scratch Madden
 1961 The Best of the Post (TV Series)
- The Trumpet Man (1961)
 1960 Bronco (TV Series)
Sergeant Cass
- Apache Treasure (1960) ... Sergeant Cass
 1960 Riverboat (TV Series)
Niles Cox
- The Water of Gorgeous Springs (1960) ... Niles Cox
 1960 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Pa Jericho
- The Graduation Dress (1960) ... Pa Jericho
 1960 Johnny Ringo (TV Series)
Matt Sample
- The Killing Bug (1960) ... Matt Sample
 1960 Lock Up (TV Series)
Curly Simmons
- Death and Taxes (1960) ... Curly Simmons
 1960 Black Saddle (TV Series)
Gurney Rhodes
- The Apprentice (1960) ... Gurney Rhodes
 1959 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
Bret
- The Hanging Judge (1959) ... Bret
 1958-1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Froelich / Phil
- A Trip to Paradise (1959) ... Froelich
- Free Weekend (1958) ... Phil
 1957 Climax! (TV Series)
Gaffney / Ben
- Tunnel of Fear (1957) ... Gaffney
- Carnival at Midnight (1957) ... Ben
 1957 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Paul
- The Undesirable (1957) ... Paul
 1956 Strange Stories (TV Series)
- The House (1956)
 1956 Between Heaven and Hell
Pvt. Willie Crawford
 1956 Attack
Sfc. Tolliver - Fox Co.
 1956 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
Fred
- Every Man Has Two Wives (1956) ... Fred
 1956 Studio 57 (TV Series)
Ira Farr
- My Baby Boy (1956) ... Ira Farr
 1956 Corky and White Shadow (TV Series)
Sheriff Matt Brady
- An Introduction (1956) ... Sheriff Matt Brady
 1955 The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater (TV Series)
Mike Applegate
- The Suspicious Husband (1955) ... Mike Applegate
 1954 Night People
Sgt. Eddie McColloch
 1954 Omnibus (TV Series)
Pat Humbert
- The House (1954) ... Pat Humbert
 1954 Red Garters
Ginger Pete
 1952 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Ripplehissian gang
- The Pussyfootin' Rocks (1952) ... Ripplehissian gang
 1952 Broadway Television Theatre (TV Series)
William Magee / Henry Williams / Preston Mitchell / ...
- Seven Keys to Baldpate (1952) ... William Magee
- The Nervous Wreck (1952) ... Henry Williams
- For Love or Money (1952) ... Preston Mitchell
- Burlesque (1952) ... Skid Johnson
 1952 Gruen Guild Theater (TV Series)
the Genie
- Al Haddon's Lamp (1952) ... the Genie
 1952 Chevron Theatre (TV Series)
- The Survey Man (1952)
 1951 Utah Wagon Train
'Snooper' Trent
 1951 Rodeo King and the Senorita
Muscles Benton
 1951 Stars Over Hollywood (TV Series)
 1951 Thunder in God's Country
Happy Hooper
 1951 Silver City Bonanza
Gabriel 'Gabe' Horne
 1950 Under Mexicali Stars
Homer Oglethorpe
 1949 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series)
 1942 Sing Your Worries Away
Tommy Jones
 1941 Parachute Battalion
Jeff Hollis
 1941 They Met in Argentina
Duke Ferrel
 1939 The Wizard of Oz
The Tin Man (singing voice, uncredited)
 1939 The Kid from Texas
'Snifty'
 1939 Four Girls in White
Express
 1938 My Lucky Star
Buddy
 1938 Yellow Jack
'Jellybeans'
 1938 The Girl of the Golden West
'Alabama'
 1937 Broadway Melody of 1938
Peter Trot
 1936 Banjo on My Knee
Buddy
 1936 Born to Dance
'Mush' Tracy
 1936 Captain January
Paul Roberts
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "Flying Colors" on Broadway. Musical revue. Music, lyrics and material by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz (who also directed). "On the American Plan" written in collaboration with George S. Kaufman. "Bon Voyage" and "The Salesman" written in collaboration with Corey Ford. "Lost in the Crowd" written in ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 1 Article | See more »


Height:

6' 3½" (1.92 m)
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Personal Quote:

[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." See more »

Trivia:

Ebsen became embroiled in a contract dispute with MGM that left him idle for long periods. See more »

Trademark:

The catchphrase "Wellll, doggies!" See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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