Jim Varney - biography

Comedian from United States of America

James Albert "Jim" Varney, Jr. (June 15, 1949 – February 10, 2000) was an American stand-up comedian, actor, musician, writer, voice artist, and comedian, best known for his role as Ernest P. Worrell, who was used in numerous television commercial campaigns and movies in the following years, giving Varney fame worldwide and playing Jed Clampett in the 1993 movie version of The Beverly Hillbillies. Varney was born James Albert Varney, Jr., the fourth child and only son of Louise (née Howard; January 14, 1913 – August 22, 1994) and James Albert Varney, Sr. (January 1, 1910 – January 11, 1985), on June 15, 1949 in Lexington, Kentucky, where he grew up. As a child, Varney displayed the ability to memorize long poems and significant portions of material from books, which he used to entertain family and friends. When Varney was a boy, his mother would put the black and white TV on cartoons for him to watch. His mother discovered that Varney quickly began to imitate the cartoon characters, so she started him in children's theater when he was 8 years old. Varney began his interest in theater as a teenager, winning state titles in drama competitions while a student at Lafayette High School  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Known as
James Albert Varney Jr.
Date of birth
Place of birth
United States of America
Jacqueline Drew Jane Varney
Comedian, Voice actor, Writer, Actor


Institution From To
Murray State University
Lafayette Senior High School 1968
Lafayette High School


Year Performance Character
2001 Daddy and Them Hazel Montgomery
1999 Treehouse Hostage Carl Banks
1998 3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain Lothar Zogg
1998 Ernest in the Army Ernest
1997 Ernest Goes to Africa Ernest
1997 100 Proof Rae's Father
1996 Snowboard Academy Rudy James
1995 Toy Story Slinky Dog
1995 Slam Dunk Ernest Ernest
1995 The Expert Snake
1994 Ernest Goes to School Ernest
1993 Ernest Rides Again Ernest
1993 The Beverly Hillbillies Jed Clampett
1993 Wilder Napalm Rex
1991 Ernest Scared Stupid Ernest
1987 Ernest Goes to Camp Ernest
1986 Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam Rudd Hardtact
1986 Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam Dr. Otto
1986 Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam Laughin' Jack
1983 Knowhutimean? Hey Vern, It's My Family Album Ernest
1983 The Rousters Evan Earp


Date of death
Cause of death
Lung cancer
Place of death
White House
Place of burial
Lexington Cemetery

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