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Buddy Ebsen Height, Weight, Age, Net Worth, Spouse

Buddy Ebsen Quick Info
Height 6 ft 3 in
Weight 75 kg
Date of Birth April 2, 1908
Zodiac Sign Aries
Date of Death July 6, 2003

Buddy Ebsen was an American actor, dancer, singer, musician, voice actor, producer, comedian, artist, and author who gained popularity with his role as Jed Clampett in the CBS television sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–1971) as well as for playing the titular role in the detective series Barnaby Jones (1973–1980). His other television roles included playing Roy Houston in the crime drama series Matt Houston, Jimbo Cobb in the science fiction horror anthology series The Twilight Zone, Cactus Murphy in the NBC Western series Bonanza, Sergeant Hunk Marriner in the adventure series Northwest Passage, and Chet Elderson (voice) in the animated sitcom King of the Hill.

Born Name

Christian Ludolf Ebsen Jr.

Other Names

Buddy Ebsen, Frank “Buddy” Ebsen

Buddy Ebsen as seen in a still
Buddy Ebsen as seen in a still (Nettie Sanders / Pinterest)


He was born on April 2, 1908.


On July 6, 2003, he died of respiratory failure at the age of 95 at Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Torrance, California, United States.

Resting Place

Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach, Los Angeles County, California, United States

Sun Sign


Born Place

Belleville, St. Clair County, Illinois, United States





Buddy Ebsen attended Orlando High School and graduated in 1926. When he was in high school, he became a member of the John M. Cheney Chapter, Order of DeMolay. He then studied at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, from 1926 to 1927.

From 1927 to 1928, he attended Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. He left college at the age of 20 due to his family’s financial problems caused by the collapse of the Florida land boom. Growing up, he also took dance lessons alongside his sisters.


Actor, Dancer, Singer, Musician, Voice Actor, Producer, Comedian, Artist, Author


  • Father – Christian Ludolf Ebsen Sr. (Choreographer, Physical Fitness Advocate, Owner of a dance studio, Opersator of a natatorium for the local school district)
  • Mother – Frances (née Wendt) (Painter)
  • Siblings – Helga Ebsen (Sister), Leslie Ebsen (Sister), Norma Ebsen (Sister), Vilma Ebsen (February 1, 1911 – March 12, 2007) (Younger Sister) (Actor, Theatre Artist)
  • Others – Peter Ebsen (Paternal Grandfather), Catharine (Paternal Grandmother), Alexander Wendt (Maternal Grandfather), Wilhelmine Dellent (Maternal Grandmother), Robert Dolan (Nephew) (Dance Teacher), Michael (Nephew)





Net Worth

According to, his net worth was $2 Million.



Buddy Ebsen (as Barnaby Jones) with Lee Meriwether in a publicity photo from the premiere of the television program 'Barnaby Jones' (1973)
Buddy Ebsen (as Barnaby Jones) with Lee Meriwether in a publicity photo from the premiere of the television program ‘Barnaby Jones’ (1973) (CBS Television / eBay / Public Domain)


6 ft 3 in or 190.5 cm


75 kg or 165.5 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Buddy Ebsen had dated –

  1. Ruth Cambridge (1936-1942)​ – He married his first wife Ruth Cambridge in 1936 and they had 2 daughters. The marriage ended in divorce in 1942.
  2. Nancy Wolcott (1945-1985)​ – In 1945, Buddy Ebsen got married to fellow lieutenant Nancy Wolcott. They first met when he was serving in the Coast Guard during World War II. They had 4 daughters (including Kiki Ebsen (b. January 14, 1958)) and a son. After 39 years of marriage, the duo divorced in 1985.
  3. Dorothy “Dotti” Knott (1985-2003) – He married Dorothy “Dotti” Knott in 1985 and they remained together until his death in 2003.

Race / Ethnicity


Buddy Ebsen was of Danish descent on his father’s side and had Latvian roots on his mother’s side.

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Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

  • Thick, croaky commanding voice
  • Towering stature

Brand Endorsements

Buddy Ebsen was cast in TV commercials for –

  • Winston cigarettes (the 1960s)
  • McDonald’s hamburger restaurants (as “Jed Clampett”) (1988)
From Left to Right - Christine Moore, Dane Clark, Buddy Ebsen, and Jane Burgess as seen in an episode titled 'The Prime Mover' of 'The Twilight Zone' in 1961
From Left to Right – Christine Moore, Dane Clark, Buddy Ebsen, and Jane Burgess as seen in an episode titled ‘The Prime Mover’ of ‘The Twilight Zone’ in 1961 (CBS Television / eBay / Public Domain)

Buddy Ebsen Favorite Things

  • TV SeriesThe Beverly Hillbillies (1962)


Buddy Ebsen Facts

  1. Until the age of 10, he grew up in Belleville, Illinois, and then his family shifted to Palm Beach County, Florida. The family then relocated to Orlando, Florida in 1920.
  2. Buddy Ebsen was friends with Shirley Temple, Dick Van Dyke, James Arness, and Bob Hope.
  3. He was a Republican and supported Barry Goldwater in the 1964 United States presidential election.
  4. Ebsen has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1765 Vine Street and a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

Featured Image by Nettie Sanders / Pinterest

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