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Dancer and actor Buddy Ebsen performed on Broadway and films, but he’s best known for his role as Jed Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies, which ran for nine seasons.
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The program's end in 1971, however, did not spell the end to Ebsen's popularity on television. New success came in 1973 as an aging detective in the drama Barnaby Jones. Then in the 1980s, Ebsen found regular work in the adventure series Matt Houston, in which he played a former intelligence agent.
In later years, Ebsen's work schedule slowed down considerably. In a funny tribute to his past,
he made a cameo on the film version of The Beverly Hillbillies (1993) as detective Barnaby Jones.
Ebsen married three times in his life and had seven children. He married his third wife, Dorothy Knott in 1985. The two were married until his death on July 6, 2003. He passed away in Torrance, California.
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