‘The Beverly Hillbillies’: What Was Buddy Ebsen’s Net Worth at Death?

by Charles Craighill

If you watched The Beverly Hillbillies you will remember the hilarious and honest Jed Clampett. Jed brought his family out to Beverly Hills upon making millions on oil he found on his land. As it turns out, Buddy Ebsen who acted as Jed Clampett did pretty well for himself in real life too. Here is how much the famous actor was worth at the time of his death in 2003.

When The Beverly Hillbillies actor died in July of 2003, he had a net worth of around two million dollars. The Illinois native clocked in around seventy years of performing and acting before his passing away at 95 years old. That seven decades of work certainly amounted to a pretty decent chunk of cash by the time he retired.

Other than his role as Jed Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies, Ebsen also appeared on the show Barnaby Jones as the title character. His acting credits do not end there, however. In fact, Buddy Ebsen has up around a hundred acting credits to his name. He racked all of those up over the course of his career between 1928 and 1999. With that said, Jed Clampett of The Beverly Hillbillies was his most well-known character.

Who He Was Before The Beverly Hillbillies

While Buddy Ebsen was certainly most recognized for his role on The Beverly Hillbillies, he didn’t land that role until he was fifty-four years old. So who was Buddy Ebsen before his big breakout role? Well, before his career in Hollywood took off, he spent several years acting on the Broadway stage. After moving to Hollywood, MGM studios hired the future Beverly Hillbillies star.

While he did not take a lead role in too many films or shows before The Beverly Hillbillies, Ebsen did find his way onto some pretty big sets. For instance, he danced with famous stars on screens such as Shirley Temple and Judy Garland. He even landed himself the role of the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz film, however, he ended up giving up the role. As the story goes, he traded characters with Ray Bolger to play the Tin Man instead. However, complications with the makeup for the Tin Man caused Ebsen to give up the role.

Finally, Buddy Ebsen landed the role of his career with The Beverly Hillbillies. That is what we know him for now and what his biggest role was in his career. It also was what helped him get that two million dollar net worth.