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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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Toy Story
Toy Story Slinky Dog
Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Atlantis: The Lost Empire Jebidiah Allardyce 'Cookie' Farnsworth
Ernest Goes to Camp
Ernest Goes to Camp Ernest P. Worrell
Toy Story 2
Toy Story 2 Slinky Dog


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 2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire (Video Game)
Cookie (voice)
 2001 Daddy and Them
Hazel Montgomery
 2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Jebidiah Allardyce 'Cookie' Farnsworth (voice)
 1999/I Toy Story 2 (Video Game)
Slinky Dog (voice)
 1999 Toy Story 2
Slinky Dog (voice)
 1999 Treehouse Hostage
Carl Banks
 1999 Existo
Marcel Horowitz
 1998 Hercules (TV Series)
- Hercules and the Muse of Dance (1998) ... Ephialtes (voice)
 1998 Ernest in the Army
Pvt. Ernest P. Worrell / Army Captain / Arab on Quicksand
 1998 The Simpsons (TV Series)
- Bart Carny (1998) ... Cooder (voice)
 1997 Blood, Friends and Money
The Old Mariner
 1997 Annabelle's Wish (TV Movie)
Mr. Gus Holder (voice)
 1997 100 Proof
Rae's Father
 1997 Ernest Goes to Africa
Ernest P. Worrel / Hey You, the Hindu / Auntie Nelda / ...
 1997 Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (TV Series)
Walt Evergreen
- You've Come a Wrong Way, Baby (1997) ... Walt Evergreen (voice)
 1996 Snowboard Academy (Video)
Rudy James
 1996 Roseanne (TV Series)
Prince Carlos
- Home Is Where the Afghan Is (1996) ... Prince Carlos
- Someday My Prince Will Come (1996) ... Prince Carlos
 1996 Toy Story Activity Center (Video Game)
Slinky Dog (voice)
 1995 Toy Story
Slinky Dog (voice)
 1995 Slam Dunk Ernest (Video)
Ernest P. Worrell
 1995 The Expert
 1994 Your World as I See It (Short)
Ernest P. Worrel / Aster Clement / Baby Ernest / ...
 1994 Ernest Goes to School
 1993 Ernest Rides Again
 1993 The Beverly Hillbillies
Jed Clampett
 1993 Wilder Napalm
 1992 Ernest's Greatest Hits Volume 2 (Video)
Ernest P. Worrell
 1991 Ernest Scared Stupid
Ernest / Phineas Worrell
 1990 Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Special (TV Movie)
 1990 Ernest Goes to Jail
Ernest P. Worrell / Mr. Felix Nash / Auntie Nelda
 1990 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Ernest P. Worrell / Ernest's Father
- Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Celebration (1990) ... Ernest P. Worrell / Ernest's Father (as James Varney)
 1989 Ernest Goes to Splash Mountain (TV Movie)
 1989 Fast Food
Wrangler Bob Bundy
 1988 Hey, Vern, It's Ernest! (TV Series)
Ernest P. Worrell / Auntie Nelda / Baby Ernest / ...
- Hey Vern, It's Talent (1988) ... Ernest P. Worrell / Auntie Nelda / Dr. Otto / ...
- Hey Vern, It's Lost and Found (1988) ... Ernest P. Worrell / Auntie Nelda / Sergeant Glory / ...
- Hey Vern, It's School (1988) ... Ernest P. Worrell / Auntie Nelda / Sergeant Glory
- Hey Vern, It's Holidays (1988) ... Ernest P. Worrell / Auntie Nelda / Sergeant Glory / ...
- Hey Vern, It's Food (1988) ... Ernest P. Worrell / Auntie Nelda / Sergeant Glory / ...
 1988 Ernest Saves Christmas
Ernest P. Worrell / Aster Clement / Auntie Nelda / ...
 1987 Ernest Goes to Camp
Ernest P. Worrell
 1987 Hey Vern, Win $10,000 (Video)
Ernest P. Worrell
 1986 Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam
Dr. Otto / Rudd Hardtact / Laughin' Jack / ...
 1986 The Ernest Film Festival (Video)
Ernest P. Worrell
 1983-1984 The Rousters (TV Series)
Evan Earp
- Wyatt Earp to the Rescue (1984) ... Evan Earp
- Cold Streak (1984) ... Evan Earp
- Snake Eyes (1984) ... Evan Earp
- Slade vs. Slade (1984) ... Evan Earp
 1983 Knowhutimean? Hey Vern, It's My Family Album (Video)
Ernest P. Worrell / Davy Worrell & Company / Ace Worrell / ...
 1983 The Rousters (TV Movie)
Evan Earp
 1982 Spittin' Image
 1977-1979 Operation Petticoat (TV Series)
Seaman 'Doom & Gloom' Broom / Seaman 'Doom & Gloom' Bloom / Doom & Gloom Broom
- Matters of Honor (1979) ... Seaman 'Doom & Gloom' Broom
- Big Deal on Kaloa Street (1979) ... Seaman 'Doom & Gloom' Broom
- Hail to the Chief (1979) ... Seaman 'Doom & Gloom' Broom
- Sub-Down (1979) ... Seaman 'Doom & Gloom' Broom
- The Talent Show (1979) ... Seaman 'Doom & Gloom' Broom
 1979 Third Annual Final Warning!! (TV Movie)
 1978 Alice (TV Series)
Milo Skinner
- Better Never Than Late (1978) ... Milo Skinner
 1978 America 2-Night (TV Series)
Virgil Simms
- The UBS Story (1978) ... Virgil Simms
- Falafel-on-a-Stick (1978) ... Virgil Simms
- Daredevil Virgil Simms (1978) ... Virgil Simms
 1977 Fernwood Tonight (TV Series)
Virgil Simms
- Battery Powered Car (1977) ... Virgil Simms
- Episode #1.46 (1977) ... Virgil Simms
- Getting the Most from Your Warranty (1977) ... Virgil Simms
- Ethnic Myths (1977) ... Virgil Simms
 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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Alternate Names:

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


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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 »


Despite his persona as Ernest P. Worrell, he reportedly had a near genius I.Q. level. He was said to be occasionally exasperated with fans who met him and assumed he was exactly like the Worrell character he portrayed. See more »


Known for his Ernest P. Worrell character: a boufoonish redneck who ultimately redeems himself in the end See more »

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