On television, Buttram was famous for being Gene Autry's sidekick on The Gene Autry Show and Mr. Haney the Salesman in Green Acres, which also starred Eva Gabor, who voiced characters alongside Buttram in The Aristocats and The Rescuers. Buttram was married to actress Sheila Ryan whom he met on The Gene Autry Show from 1952 until her death in 1975, by whom he had a daughter named Kerry. On January 8, 1994, Buttram died of kidney failure at age 78 at a hospital in Los Angeles, California. He was buried in Alabama next to Maxwell Chapel, a church organized by his grandparents in 1916, and he was survived by his daughter Kerry Buttram-Galgano and two granddaughters. Kerry Buttram-Galgano died of cancer in 2007.