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Christian Rudolph Ebsen Jr.
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Actor; dancer; playwright; author; songwriter; businessman
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Buddy Ebsen Fast Facts:
Nicknamed "Buddy" by an aunt.
Learned ballet in father's dance studio.
Initially wanted to be a doctor.
Was originally cast as the Scarecrow in
The Wizard of Oz
(1939) but switched roles with Ray Bolger who was initially cast as the Tin Man. Ultimately, Ebsen developed an allergic reaction to the metallic dust in the makeup and was replaced by Jack Haley.
Turned down a seven-year contract with MGM because he didn't want to be "owned" by Louis B. Mayer. The mogul went on to blackball Ebsen from working at other studios.
Served in the Pacific with the Coast Guard during World War II.
Enjoyed racing catamarans and founded a company that manufactured them.
Despite his long-running success in
The Beverly Hillbillies
, he was never nominated for an Emmy.
Buddy Ebsen Relationships:
Frances Ebsen - Mother
Leslie Ebsen - Sister
Vilma Ebsen - Sister
Cathy Ebsen - Daughter
Kirsten Ebsen - Daughter
Elizabeth Ebsen - Daughter
Nancy Wolcott - Ex-wife
Bonnie Ebsen - Daughter
Dustin Ebsen - Son
Helga Ebsen - Sister
Alix Ebsen - Daughter
Christian Rudolph Ebsen Sr. - Father
Norma Ebsen - Sister
Susannah Ebsen - Daughter
Dorothy Knott Ebsen - Wife
Ruth Cambridge - Ex-wife
Attended University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; attended Rollins College, Winter Park, FL
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