Mostly Credited As: Jim Varney
Birth Name: James Albert Varney Jr.
Date Of Birth: June 15, 1949 (Age 50)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Lexington, Kentucky
Date Of Death: February 10, 2000
Cause Of Death: lung cancer
Deep-voiced gaunt actor who chucked his studies to become a Shakespearean actor and adopted a redneck alter-ego, Ernest P. Worrell. His success with that character began with several appearances on commercials throughout the country in the 1980's, followed by a short-lived Saturday morning series (for which he won an Emmy) and several Disney films. He was most recently heard as the voice of Springy the Slinky Dog in the two "Toy Story" movies.
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When told he had lung cancer he reportedly threw his cigarettes away and quit them cold turkey. Unfortunately, this was not enough despite the combined efforts of him and his doctors.
Best known for his portrayal of Ernest P. Worrell in the Ernest movies.
Non-Ernest work he did included doing the voice of Slinky in Toy Story and playing the zillain Lothar Zogg in the movie 3 Ninjas: High Moon At Mega Mountain.
He was married and divorced twice.
He started smoking after seeing a James Bond movie where Bond smokes, at only the age of fifteen. He filmed an advert for an anti smoking campaign. It featured Ernest (Jim Varney) trying to convince his unseen friend, Vern, to quit smoking in order to avoid the big "C" - cancer.
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