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Jim Varney (I) (1949–2000)

James Albert Varney, Jr. was born in Lexington, Kentucky, to Nancy Louise (Howard) and James Albert Varney, Sr. He became interested in theater as a teenager, winning state titles in drama competitions while a student at Lafayette High School in Lexington, Kentucky. At age 15 he played Ebeneezer Scrooge in a local children's theater production of ... See full bio »

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 2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire (Video Game)
Cookie (voice)
 1999 Toy Story 2 (Video Game)
Slinky Dog (voice)
 1999 Toy Story 2
Slinky Dog (voice)
 1998 Hercules (TV Series)
- Hercules and the Muse of Dance (1998) ... (voice)
 1998 The Simpsons (TV Series)
- Bart Carny (1998) ... Cooder (voice)
 1997 Annabelle's Wish (Video)
Mr. Gus Holder (voice)
 1996 Snowboard Academy (Video)
Rudy James
 1996 Toy Story Activity Center (Video Game)
Slinky Dog (voice)
 1995 Toy Story
Slinky Dog (voice)
 1995 The Expert
 1983 The Rousters (TV Movie)
Evan Earp
 1979 Third Annual Final Warning!! (TV Movie)
 1978 Alice (TV Series)
Milo Skinner
 1977 Riding High (TV Movie)
 1976 Johnny Cash and Friends (TV Series)
 1974 Pop! Goes the Country (TV Series)
Various Characters (1982-1983)
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Created the character Ernest P. Worrell in hundreds of regional and national TV commercials. See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 2 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

James Albert Varney Jr. | James Albert Varney | James Varney | Jim Varnie


6' 1" (1.85 m)

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I started to do a study on how not to do stand-up comedy. Yeah, it's lonely work. You die, you die alone. It's you, the light, and the audience. If you win, you win big. If you lose, you lose big time. See more »


When given the chance to have a lifelong dream fulfilled by such groups as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, several hundred terminally ill children have asked to meet Ernest. He never let them down. See more »


Known for his character Ernest P. Worrell. See more »

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