Actor Buddy Ebsen has died from pneumonia, aged 95.

The BEVERLY HILLBILLIES star was admitted to hospital in Torrance, California, earlier this month (JUL03). He died yesterday morning (06JUL03).

The veteran actor, who played JED CLAMPETT in the popular TV series, was originally a Broadway dancer before starring in a number of MGM musicals and moving on to the Beverly Hillbillies.

He appeared in movies with Shirley Temple and starred in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S. He also played TV detective BARNABY JONES.

Ebsen is also known for one of the roles he didn't take - as the TIN MAN in The Wizard of Oz. He suffered an allergic reaction to the face paint and had to be replaced.

07/07/2003 21:21