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The Beverly Hillbillies

Buddy Ebsen

Jed Clampett

The son of a dance instructor, Buddy Ebsen was born in 1908 in Belleville, Illinois. Though he was originally interested in a career in medicine, when Ebsen found himself broke and living in New York he decided to follow in his father's talented footsteps. His role in the hit Broadway production, Whoopee, launched his show-business career. After performing for a time as a dance team with his sister Vilma, Ebsen went solo and launched his film career. The original casting choice for the Tin Woodsman in The Wizard of Oz, Ebsen unfortunately developed a hazardous allergy to the silver make-up and had to give up the role.

By the 50s, Ebsen had begun acting in television, appearing on shows such as Davy Crockett and Northern Passage. His roles on a number of Westerns, including Gunsmoke, Have Gun Will Travel, and Rawhide, made him a natural for the part of mountain man Jed Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies. After nearly a decade in the Hills of Beverly, Ebsen hung up the felt hat and a year later began his seven-year stint as TV private investigator Barnaby Jones. Numerous TV movies and guest spots followed, including a cameo as Barnaby Jones in The Beverly Hillbillies Movie. In his 90s, Buddy Ebsen ventured into the field of folk art, selling paintings (some featuring Jed Clampett) on his own website. Ebsen died in 2003 of complications from pneumonia, he was 95 years old.

Character Bio

A simple man who rarely wears anything but worn-out old mountain gear, Jed Clampett's goal in life is to provide for his family. Jed's a man of few needs or wants, which makes his predicament quite ironic: What could a man who's happiest living off the land possibly do with 25 million dollars? Although he becomes ensnared in some wacky schemes against his better judgement, Jed's naivete is tempered by his clear-headed common sense, and he always seems come out on top. Sure Jed might take a stab at being a rock star, or date a slick city chick, but at heart he's pure salt of the earth.

The Beverly Hillbillies TV Schedule

Thursday
October 2
10:14am
The House of Granny
The Clampetts new exclusive dress shop becomes The House of Granny -- complete with a cracker barrel, potbellied stove and more.
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6:00pm
The Continental Touch
Snooty Mrs. Drysdale mistakes Elly May for a European princess and excitedly plans a very lavish party in her honor.
TV-G
6:30pm
Jed Incorporated
Jed does business his own way when Drysdale forms Clampco, Inc. for tax purposes and makes Jed president.
TV-G
7:00pm
Granny Learns To Drive
Granny and gasoline prove a terrifying mixture when, after a taxi ride, Granny decides she must learn to drive. Guest star: Mel Blanc.
TV-G
7:30pm
Cabin In Beverly Hills
Banker Drysdale's remedy for Granny's homesickness starts the first social revolution in the history of Beverly Hills.
TV-G
Friday
October 3
9:37am
The Continental Touch
Snooty Mrs. Drysdale mistakes Elly May for a European princess and excitedly plans a very lavish party in her honor.
TV-G
10:14am
Jed Incorporated
Jed does business his own way when Drysdale forms Clampco, Inc. for tax purposes and makes Jed president.
TV-G
6:22pm
Granny Learns To Drive
Granny and gasoline prove a terrifying mixture when, after a taxi ride, Granny decides she must learn to drive. Guest star: Mel Blanc.
TV-G
7:00pm
Cabin In Beverly Hills
Banker Drysdale's remedy for Granny's homesickness starts the first social revolution in the history of Beverly Hills.
TV-G
7:30pm
Jed Foils a Home Wrecker
Jed and Drysdale foil Mrs. Drysdale plan to tear down the cabin her husband built for Granny on the Clampett estate.
TV-G
Monday
October 6
9:37am
Granny Learns To Drive
Granny and gasoline prove a terrifying mixture when, after a taxi ride, Granny decides she must learn to drive. Guest star: Mel Blanc.
TV-G
10:14am
Cabin In Beverly Hills
Banker Drysdale's remedy for Granny's homesickness starts the first social revolution in the history of Beverly Hills.
TV-G
6:00pm
Jed Becomes A Movie Mogul - Part 1
Jed Clampett becomes a confused movie mogul after his banker purchases the control of Mammoth Pictures Corp.
TV-G
6:30pm
Clampett City - Part 2
Overjoyed to discover a rustic village on the back lot of the Mammoth Pictures studio, the Clampetts decide to settle there.
TV-G
7:00pm
Clampett City General Store - Part 3
The Clampetts take part in an epic film produced by their studio.
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7:30pm
Hedda Hopper's Hollywood - Part 4
Hedda Hopper (as herself) joins the battle against Drysdale's plan to destroy Mammoth Studios. Guest star: Hedda Hopper
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