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


6' 1" (1.85 m)

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[On making Ernest Scared Stupid] I loved it. As a kid, anything that gave me nightmares I had to watch. See more »


When he discovered he had lung cancer, he reportedly threw away his cigarettes and quit smoking cold turkey. Unfortunately, it was too late. See more »


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

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