buddy ebsen

On October 13, 1938, production began on “The Wizard of Oz”. Buddy Ebsen, pictured here, was cast as the original Tin Man but ten days into shooting he was rushed to the hospital due to an adverse reaction to the aluminum powder makeup. Production stopped until Jack Haley was found as Ebsen’s replacement.

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yes, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly are the all time greats, but right along with them, right in their league, is Buddy Ebsen.

Once he became famous as Jed Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies, everybody seemed to forget that he was one of the greatest dancers in all of vaudeville during the 1920s and one of the greatest dancers in all the Hollywood studio system of the 1930s.