Have you ever seen The Beverly Hillbillies? A show that came out in the 1960s and lasted for nearly ten years, it tells the tale of a nouveau riche family who moved to Beverly Hills and the shenanigans that followed. Nearly half a century has passed since the show ended, and here's what happened to the beloved cast, years later.
The man of the house, Jed, is a man cursed with the lack of education but blessed with quite a bit of common sense (and sanity to a degree.) The character was played by actor Buddy Ebsen, who appeared in classic movies such as Breakfast at Tiffany's. After the show ended, he remained active in the show business, starring in TV series till the late 90s. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2003 at the age of 95.
Daisy Moses, the granny, is portrayed by seasoned actress Irene Ryan. She had a very prolific career, ranging from radio to the silver screen. After The Beverly Hillbillies, she also made an appearance on Love, American Style, before passing away in 1973, just two years after The Beverly Hillbillies ended.
Elly is the only child of Jed and Rose, and she is one of the characters that appeared throughout the show. Actress Donna Douglas played the character. Her career started when she won a few beauty contests, which eventually led her to the show business. After the show, she also appeared in TV series Love, American Style, as well as an appearance in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!. Her last screen appearance was in Chronicles of Life Trials that came out in 2013. She passed away two years later in 2015, at the age of 82.
Born to boxing champion Max Baer, Max Baer Jr. appeared as Jethro Bodine and "Robin Hood" in the show, making a recurring appearance in all 274 episodes of the show. He remained active in the show business till the 90s, appearing in movies such as Macon County Line and The Wild McCullochs in the 1970s. He also directed the movie Ode to Billy Joe that came out in 1976. His last screen appearance was in Murder, She Wrote during the late 80s. And unlike his on-screen character, Max Baer Jr. is a very intellectual man.
Another main character in the show, Raymond Bailey, appeared as Milburn Drysdale throughout the show. Raymond Bailey is a very prolific actor, with 158 acting credits under his name. Throughout his career, he appeared in classics like Hitchcock's Vertigo and sci-fi staple The Twilight Zone. After the show ended, he appeared in movies like Herbie Rides Again and The Strongest Man in the World. Unfortunately, he passed away in 1980, at the age of 75.
Jane Hathaway is an important character throughout the show - there's little chance that the Drysdales would survive without her. The secretary was played by seasoned actress Nancy Kulp, who also appeared in The Parent Trap and Shane. She remained active as an actress throughout the 70s and 80s, reprising her role in the TV movie The Return of the Beverly Hillbillies. Her last screen appearance was in ABC Afterschool Specials, in 1989. She passed away two years later, in 1991, at the age of 69.
Despite the relatively brief appearance in the show, Harriet E. MacGibbon's performance as Mrs. Margaret Drysdale still left a remarkable impression for audiences like us. After the show, she remained active in the business throughout the 70s, appearing in shows and movies like Mannix and The Judge and Jake Wyler. Her last screen appearance was in 1980, in a show called One in a Million. She passed away in 1987.
Yes, perhaps she is not an actress per se, but since she appeared in over 40 episodes throughout the show, we need to give her an honorary mention still. Judy the Chimpanzee is, well, a chimpanzee, who appeared as Cousin Bessie during the show. Apart from the show, she also made appearances in famous shows like Daktari and Lost in Space. After the show, she made her last screen appearances in Jambo and The Magical World of Disney. However, little is known about what happened to her afterward.
Cousin Pearl Bodine appeared in 23 episodes of the show between 1962 and 1967, over the span of five years. The character was played by actress Bea Benaderet, who appeared in the cinematic adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender Is the Night, as well as classic cartoon The Flintstones. She passed away when the show was still on air, at the age of 62 in 1968.
Did you know that the late Sharon Tate was in the show as well? Yes, the late wife of famed director Roman Polanski. She appeared in 15 episodes between 1963 and 1965 as Janet Trego, as well as other minor characters such as Mary and the Party Guest. Her appearances in the show took place before she rose to fame, where later she starred in movies like The Wrecking Crew and Valley of the Dolls. She passed away in 1969, in one of the most infamous cases in Hollywood.
Character actor/ song-writer Shug Fisher also appeared in the show, as rather minor characters such as Shorty Kellems. From 1969 to 1970, he appeared in 17 episodes in total. He remained active throughout the 70s, appearing in shows such as How the West Was Won. He began his career as a member of the legendary western vocal group Sons of the Pioneers and appeared in various western shows and movies as a result. He passed away in 1984.
The daughter of veteran writer and TV producer Paul Henning and Ruth Henning also appeared in the show as Jethrine Bodine. Between 1962 and 1970, she appeared in 16 episodes in total. However, that was just the beginning of her career - she remained active in the show business until the 2000s. After the show, she appeared in other shows like Sliders, Petticoat Junction, and Mork & Mindy. Her last screen appearance was in a short called Wrangling Coach Rankin in 2007.
Veteran character actor Frank Wilcox also made a brief appearance in the show as John Brewster. He appeared in 14 episodes between 1962 and 1966. A well-respected actor in the business, he has more than 300 acting credits to his name! Prior to the show, he already appeared in classics such as The Ten Commandments and Unconquered. He remained semi-active in the business during the 60s and 70s, and his last screen appearance was in TV series Kung Fu in 1973. He passed away a year later in 1974, at the age of 66.
Actress Elvia Allman made a relatively brief appearance in the show as Elverna Bradshaw, appearing in 13 episodes between 1963 and 1970. A seasoned actress, she appeared in cinema classics such as Breakfast at Tiffany's prior to her appearance in the show. She remained active as an actress till 1990, appearing in shows and movies like Alice and Halloween with the New Addams Family. She passed away in 1992 at the age of 88.
Here's what happened to the cast of The Beverly Hillbillies. Did you notice them in other shows and movies as well? Did you recognize Sharon Tate in the show? If you enjoyed reading this, why not share this with your friends and family?