Beverly Hillbillies will forever remain one of TV’s most classic shows. It put a fun and unique spin on the common rags-to-riches story and kept fans hooked for nearly a decade. Most would argue that the stars were the reason the series was so successful. Their ability to pull off their comedic roles gave the show its charm. When Beverly Hillbillies ended, those actors moved into other roles and proved that their talents went far beyond slapstick humor. We dug into their acting history and listed three of their best projects here.
One of the ‘Beverly Hillbillies’ Had ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’
Buddy Ebsen turned from whacky mountaineer Jed Clampted to veterinarian Doc Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
The Oscar-winning 1961 film stars Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, a supposed New York City socialite who falls for a struggling writer. Of course, we all learn that Holly isn’t who she seems. The charming, eccentric, and mysterious beauty actually ran away from rural Texas as a teenager to follow her dreams of living a posh city life. Ebsen plays the husband who married Holly when she was only 14. He traces her to NYC in hopes of bringing her home.
Ebsen doesn’t get a lot of onscreen time in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but his part is integral to the plot, and his scenes are never short on tears.
Max Baer Jr. Wrote and Starred in ‘Macon County Line’
Jethro star Buddy Ebsen tried his hand at writing and producing with Macon County Line. The story takes place in the Deep South and follows two men on a crime spree with a mysterious young woman in tow. Ebsen also stars in the movie as Deputy Reed Morgan, who is looking to avenge his wife’s brutal murder. Morgan believes the woman is responsible for the killing, so he follows them as they cause chaos.
Macon County Line is a love-it-or-hate-it kind of film. In reviews, there aren’t many in-betweens. But everyone seems to have similar opinions on Ebsen’s acting. He was able to completely turn off his happy-go-lucky Beverly Hillbillies vibes and hone into the angry and determined Morgan.
Donna Douglas Sang and Danced with Elvis in ‘Frankie and Johnny’
Donna Douglas, who played Ellie May in The Beverly Hillbillies, lived every woman’s dream when she starred as Elvis Presley’s girlfriend, Frankie, in Frankie and Johnny.
in the 1966 film, lovers Frankie and Johnny (Elvis) are riverboat singers. Johnny desperately wants to make Frankie his wife, but she refuses to say “I do” until he stops losing all his money on the gambling table. A gypsy fortune-teller rolls into town one day and predicts that Johnny will meet a redheaded woman who will change his luck. Right after, the beautiful red-haired Nellie Bly shows up—and Johnny starts winning big. But the stroke of luck leads to trouble in his romance.
The movie earned lackluster reviews at the time, but it’s still considered a classic thanks to its original songs. And Douglas proved her acting versatility when she switched from rugged tomboy Ellie May to beautiful charmer Frankie.
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