Buddy Ebsen Obituary
In June Buddy Ebsen had been hospitalized.
We will all fondly remember him and miss him.
Here is an obituary by his family:
|American Icon, Legend|
|Now Among The Immortals|
|An incredible life remembered|
Buddy Ebsen's best-known characterization is that of "Jed Clampett"
patriarch of that celebrated piece of Americana "The Beverly Hillbillies".
His second best known is the television sleuth "Barnaby Jones".
Prior to that was his portrayal of "Georgie Russell" pal of
"Davy Crockett" plus in the "Matt Houston" series and "
Surprisingly, Buddy had never intended to be an actor. His goal in life was to be a doctor. However, after completing two years of pre-med studies at the University of Florida and Rollins College, the Florida land boom collapsed, affecting the fortunes of the Ebsen family. Since Buddy's father was a dancing teacher, he had taught his four children his trade, Buddy shuffled off to New York to try show business, arriving there on August 4, 1928. It was the beginning of a 75-year career in show biz.
His Broadway credits include: "Whoopee" 1928, "Flying Colors" 1933, " Ziegfeld Follies" 1934 "Yokel Boy" 1939, "Showboat, 1945 and " ale Animal" 1953. From 1943 to 1945 Buddy enlisted and served in The United States Coast Guard as 1st Lieutenant and Executive Officer.
His film credits include: "Broadway Melody of 1935" with his dancing partner, sister Vilma and Eleanor Powell, "Broadway Melody of 1938" with Judy Garland, "Born To Dance", the Shirley Temple picture "Captain January", "Banjo On My Knee", "Girl of the Golden West" 1938, "Parachute Battalion", "Night People" with Gregory Peck 1954, "Between Heaven and Hell" 1956 with Robert Wagner, "Attack", "Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961, "Mail Order Bride, 1964 "The One and Only Family Band" 1968, "The President's Plane is Missing", "The Daughters of Joshua Cabe", 1972 "Fire on the Mountain", 1981 "Stone Fox" 1986, to name a few.
His creation of "Cabaret Dada", a musical was inspired by the Dada artistic revolt as a protest against World War I. The "Voice of America" selected a song from that show for worldwide broadcasting in seven languages. Buddy wrote more than eight plays and produced many of them.
Buddy was an avid sailor and thrived in the outdoors, especially the ocean. He won a multitude of races on this continent and abroad including the prestigious 1968 Honolulu Trans Pacific yacht race in his 35 ft catamaran, "Polynesian Concept".
Buddy was also an accomplished artist. He saw and appreciated the beauty in all things. Although he had painting lessons as a child, that particular talent did not flourish until his later years. Casual pen and ink sketches of"Old Duke" and "Uncle Jed" led to brisk sales of his colorful lithographs and three limited edition serigraphs of tranquil seascapes and majestic landscapes.
Buddy created a CD called "Buddy's Originals" where he wrote and sang most of the songs. He is a published author of several books including his autobiography entitled "The Other Side of Oz".
He is survived by his loving wife Dorothy, his sister Vilma, his six children Alexandra, Susannah, Cathy, Bonnie, Kiki, Dustin and his six grandchildren.
Memorial service time and location to be announced.
We choose to not grieve Buddy's passing, but to celebrate the life of this
extraordinary man. To quote the ending paragraph of his autobiography "The
Other Side of Oz";
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