|Note the misspelling of the name.|
|Everybody ought to learn how to swim.|
The Ebsens left Belleville when Buddy was 10 years old and moved to Florida for his mother’s health. Buddy continued dance lessons after the family moved to Florida.
Ebsen became embroiled in a contract dispute with MGM that left him idle for long periods. He took up sailing and became so proficient in seamanship that he taught the subject to naval officer candidates during World War II.
|Buddy Ebsen famously played "Jed Clampett" in the TV show "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962–1971).|
Buddy again came to visit Belleville in 1992. He then surprised a group of preschool teachers when he took a walk downtown.
"Hi! I'm Buddy Ebsen. I grew up here in Belleville," Ebsen said to a small child in a News-Democrat article from 1992. One of the children's teachers recognized him instantly as the sometimes cantankerous Jed Clampett from the Beverly Hillbillies.
Ebsen died of respiratory failure in 2003 at age 95. His ashes were sprinkled into the Pacific Ocean.
Compiled by Neil Gale, Ph.D.