Born in Belleville, Illinois as Christian Rudolf Ebsen, Jr. Attended Rollins College 1926-27 and the University of Florida 1927-28. Married Ruth McCambridge in 1933 and later divorced. They had two children. Married Nancy Wolcott September 6, 1945. They had five children. He served in the U. S. Coast Guard during WW II.
Ebsen starred as Jed Clampett in the television series Beverly Hillbillies and in the title role of Barnaby Jones.
The Ebsen collection of United States coins was sold at auction by Superior May 31-June 2, 1987. The collection was strong in high grade gold type coins. Highlight of the sale was an 1879 Coiled Hair Stella, lot 2444. It realized $165,000. Foreign coins were included in a later sale.
He died in a hospital in Torrence, California.
bio: CBY 1977; ConAut 103; WWA 94; obit: CW 7/21/03Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies