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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

Tuesday
September 16
5:44pm
The Family Tree
An authority on early American history finds evidence that Jed Clampett's ancestors preceded the Mayflower to America.
TV-G
6:00pm
Jed Cuts the Family Tree
Cousin Pearl gets a glamour treatment and tries to groom the Clampetts for their new status in high society.
TV-G
6:22pm
Jed Cuts the Family Tree
Cousin Pearl gets a glamour treatment and tries to groom the Clampetts for their new status in high society.
TV-G
6:30pm
The Clampetts and the Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodger coach Leo Durocher (guest starring as himself) can't believe his eyes when he sees Jethro throw a baseball with both speed and accuracy.
TV-G
7:00pm
Jed Pays His Income Tax
An Internal Revenue Service agent calls on the Clampetts and gets a roaring shotgun welcome from Granny.
TV-G
7:30pm
Granny's Spring Tonic
Jed Clampett takes a double dose of Granny's spring tonic and winds up on Lovers' Lane with a gold-digging bank secretary.
TV-G
Wednesday
September 17
5:40pm
The Clampetts and the Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodger coach Leo Durocher (guest starring as himself) can't believe his eyes when he sees Jethro throw a baseball with both speed and accuracy.
TV-G
5:42pm
The Clampetts and the Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodger coach Leo Durocher (guest starring as himself) can't believe his eyes when he sees Jethro throw a baseball with both speed and accuracy.
TV-G
6:17pm
Jed Pays His Income Tax
An Internal Revenue Service agent calls on the Clampetts and gets a roaring shotgun welcome from Granny.
TV-G
6:18pm
Jed Pays His Income Tax
An Internal Revenue Service agent calls on the Clampetts and gets a roaring shotgun welcome from Granny.
TV-G
6:54pm
Duke Becoomes a Father
Love blooms again for Jed when the glamorous Mlle. Denise returns from Paris to herald the arrival of a new litter of poodles.
TV-G
7:27pm
The Clampetts Entertain
The board chairman of Milburn Drysdale's bank is determined to meet the bank's "ace financial wizard," Jed Clampett. Guest stars Jim Backus.
TV-G
8:00pm
The Clampetts in Court
Jed acts as his own attorney when he's sued by an unscrupulous couple seeking $100,000 damages for a fictitious traffic accident.
TV-G
Thursday
September 18
5:44pm
The Clampetts Entertain
The board chairman of Milburn Drysdale's bank is determined to meet the bank's "ace financial wizard," Jed Clampett. Guest stars Jim Backus.
TV-G
6:22pm
The Clampetts in Court
Jed acts as his own attorney when he's sued by an unscrupulous couple seeking $100,000 damages for a fictitious traffic accident.
TV-G
7:00pm
The Clampets Get Psychoanalyzed
The Clampetts have a series of unusual encounters with a Beverly Hills psychiatrist.
TV-G
7:30pm
The Psychiatrist Gets Clampetted
A Beverly Hills psychiatrist pursues Granny instead of Pearl when Granny's secret love charm backfires.
TV-G
8:00pm
Elly Becomes a Secretary
Jed Clampett takes over Milburn Drysdale's job for one afternoon and wins the "Banker of the Year" title for him.
TV-G