On this day: April 2

POSTED: 08:46 AM PDT Mar 29, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Apr 01, 2016 

Elvis heads north of the border, 10-year-old Tatum O'Neal strikes Oscar gold, Velcro hits the market, the MLB finds labor peace, and Pope John Paul II dies, all on this day.

OTD April 2 - Buddy Ebsen
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1908: Actor and dancer Buddy Ebsen, best known for playing Jed Clampett in the sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies," is born Christian Rudolph Ebsen Jr., in Belleville, Illinois. Ebsen also played the title character in the 1970s detective series "Barnaby Jones" and was Fess Parker's sidekick in Walt Disney's "Davy Crockett" miniseries. He also appeared in movies such as "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "Born to Dance" and was cast as the Tin Man in "The Wizard of Oz" until he fell ill from an allergy to aluminum dust in the makeup required to play the character. He died of pneumonia at age 95 on July 6, 2003.


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