The hillbillies got around in a 1921 Oldsmobile 46 Roadster truck. The iconic car, which had become quite famous over the years, was donated to a museum in 1976, as part of the Bicentennial celebrations. The famous wheels were even shipped across the seas to England for some episodes that took place in Europe.
The expense was well worth it, because the famous hicks wouldn’t go anywhere without their jalopy. This picture shows all of the car’s very special accessories. Our personal favorite is the horn!
The Show Lives On
Max Baer Jr., who played Jethro Bodine on the show, is the only member of the main original cast who is still alive today. He still has one dream he has not accomplished, regarding “The Beverly Hillbillies.” Baer wants to build themed restaurants and casinos across Las Vegas, Nevada, based on the show.
He has managed to land sub-licensing rights for slot machine and food items, so hopefully fans can continue enjoying the wacky characters for many years to come.
One Talented Family
Buddy Ebsen and his sister Vilma moved to Los Angeles in 1936. Both siblings were cast in a hit musical film, called “Broadway Melody”. The movie went on to be nominated for three Academy Awards, and won another for Best Dance Direction. It was clear that Buddy Ebsen was going to be a star.
His sister is still mostly known for “Broadway Melody”, although she did have a few more parts in other films and Broadway plays. A few years later, she retired from show business, had children and opened her own famous dance studio.
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Years prior to Buddy Ebsen’s successful portrayal of Jed Clampett, the actor worked on Broadway alongside Shirley Temple and Judy Garland. Strangely enough, he began work with Garland on her most famous role in the classic movie “The Wizard of Oz” as the Scarecrow, but when Ray Bolger was cast, he was given the role of the Tin Man.
Sadly, he had an adverse reaction to the metallic makeup and had to resign from the role. Although Buddy Ebsen blamed “The Wizard of Oz” for ongoing health troubles later in life, he actually outlived all the other main stars from the film.
A Man of Many Talents
Buddy Ebsen had a natural knack for show business with his many talents. He wasn’t only an accomplished actor, with dance credentials, but boy could he sing. So the natural next step after the success of “The Beverly Hillbillies”, was to find another place to let his inner hillbilly shine.
Ebsen began to put out country music songs with folksy undertones. Now it was clear, he could not only look the part, he could sound it too! His songs are warm and cozy, and add a homey feel to the country music scene.