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Buddy Ebsen and The Wizard of Oz

Today fans remember him for his role as patriarch of THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES television program. But long before that, Buddy Ebsen was under contract to M-G-M where he starred in feature films. The 6’3″ tall Buddy Ebsen was cast as the Tin Man in THE WIZARD OF OZ, but he sustained an allergic reaction owing to the aluminum based makeup that was used. It was so bad that he had to bow out of the film and he spent 9 days in an oxygen tent! Jack Haley replaced Ebsen for the role of a lifetime.