Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #001323201: BUDDY EBSEN

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Uncommonly early bold pencil signature on a 4x6-inch pale yellow autograph album page, acquired in-person at New York's Majestic Theater in 1939. In good condition and nice for matting with a favorite photograph. Goofy-looking, rubber-limbed character actor Buddy Ebsen began his career as part of a vaudeville act with his sister Vilma Ebsen, with whom he also appeared in several Eleanor Powell pictures of the 1930s. He went on to appear in other musicals like Captain January (1936), opposite Shirley Temple, and The Girl of the Golden West and My Lucky Star, both in 1938. The following year, he was famously slated to play the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz (1939), but reacted badly to the silver make-up and was forced to cede the role to Jack Haley. Thereafter, he all but abandoned Hollywood, in favor of the stage, but was lured back in 1955, after he was hand-selected to star in Disney's Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier. His other memorable credits include Northwest Passage (1958), an episode of "The Twilight Zone" entitled "The Prime Mover" (1961), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962-1971), and the detective series "Barnaby Jones" (1963-1970).