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The Beverly Hillbillies

Raymond Bailey

Milburn Drysdale

Raymond Bailey was born on May 6, 1905 in San Francisco, and attempted to start acting in Hollywood during the Depression. Finding it difficult to get work, Bailey found himself in Hawaii acting in community theater. Returning to Hollywood in 1939, Bailey began a long and healthy career in film and television. Perry Mason, Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke and Alfred Hitchcock Presents are among the over 200 television shows on which he appeared before becoming Milburn Drysdale on The Beverly Hillbillies. His numerous film roles include No Time for Sergeants, Vertigo and The Incredible Shrinking Man. Backstage Hillbillies gossip reported that Bailey did not get along well with his fellow cast members, although he remained with the show for its entire run. Bailey died of a heart attack on tax day, April 15, 1980.

Character Bio

As president of the Commerce Bank of Beverly Hills, Milburn Drysdale is determined to keep the fortune of one of its biggest depositors, Jed Clampett, in its place. From the day they move in, the Clampetts are wary of big city ways, and Drysdale makes it his personal mission to keep them from packing up the old pickup and moving back to Bug Tussle. Since his motivation is pure greed, it's fortunate that most of Drysdales attempts at manipulating the Clampetts backfire miserably. An expert suck-up, Drysdale is married to the impossibly snobby socialite, Margaret, and is stuck supporting her gad-about son, Sonny.

The Beverly Hillbillies TV Schedule

October 27
The Richest Woman
The richest woman in the world meets some stiff opposition from Jed when she insists on buying the Clampett mansion.
The Trotting Horse
The Hillbillies are unimpressed with the costly champion harness-racing horse that banker Drysdale buys for them as an investment.
October 28
The Buggy
Banker Milburn Drysdale persuades his wife to accept Granny's challenge to a horse and buggy race.
The Cat Burglar
A burglar on the loose in Beverly Hills tries to deceive the Clampetts before robbing their mansion.
October 29
The Big Chicken
Granny discovers an ostrich gulping tomatoes in her backyard and thinks it's a giant chicken.
Sonny Drysdale Returns
Sonny Drysdale pays a return visit to Beverly Hills, rekindling the Clampetts' hopes of a marriage for Elly May.