Buddy Ebsen (Performer) | Playbill

Buddy Ebsen


Unlike another brother and sister act of the time, Fred and Adele Astaire, Ebsen's hoofing style was casual and loose-limbed. His long arms would windmill about, while his rubbery legs and large feet flapped and shuffled about the stage. The ingratiating impression was that of an unpretentious country hick's version of elegance. His technique was preserved in such films as "Broadway Melody of 1936," "Broadway Melody of 1938" and "Captain January," in which he provided a towering counterpart to partner Shirley Temple.

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  • Also Known As: Christian Rudolph Ebsen
  • Born: Apr 02, 1908 in Belleville, Illinois
  • Death: Jul 06, 2003 in Torrance, California

Roles (13)

The 29th Annual Tony Awards Playbill - Apr 20, 1975 The 29th Annual Tony Awards - 1975
Opened April 20, 1975
  • as Presenter (Original)
Show Boat Playbill - Feb 1946 Show Boat
Opened January 05, 1946
  • as Frank (Original)
Yokel Boy Playbill - Aug 1939 Yokel Boy
Opened July 06, 1939
  • as Elmer Whipple (Original)
Ziegfeld Follies of 1934 Playbill - March 1934 Ziegfeld Follies of 1934
Opened January 04, 1934
  • as "Fifth Avenue" Dancer (Original)
  • as "I Like The Likes Of You" Dancer (Original)
  • as "The Maxixe" Dancer (Original)
  • as "This Is Not A Song" Dancer (Original)
  • as 4th Son (Original)
  • as Constable (Original)
Flying Colors Playbill - Sept 1932 Flying Colors
Opened September 15, 1932
  • as "A Shine On Your Shoes" Performer (Original)
  • as "It Was Never Like This" Performer (Original)
Whoopee! Playbill - December 1928 Whoopee!
Opened December 04, 1928
  • as Gentleman of the Ensemble (Original)
  • as Stetson Boy Dancer (Original)

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