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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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Known For

Toy Story
Toy Story Slinky Dog
(1995)
Toy Story 2
Toy Story 2 Slinky Dog
(1999)
The Beverly Hillbillies
(1993)
Ernest Goes to Camp
Ernest Goes to Camp Ernest P. Worrell
(1987)

Filmography

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 2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire (Video Game)
Cookie (voice)
 1999/I Toy Story 2 (Video Game)
Slinky Dog (voice)
 1999 Toy Story 2
Slinky Dog (voice)
 1998 Hercules (TV Series)
Ephialtes
- Hercules and the Muse of Dance (1998) ... Ephialtes (voice)
 1998 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Cooder
- Bart Carny (1998) ... Cooder (voice)
 1997 Annabelle's Wish (TV Movie)
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
Snake
 1991 Ernest Scared Stupid
Ernest / Phineas Worrell
 1983 The Rousters (TV Movie)
Evan Earp
 1979 Third Annual Final Warning!! (TV Movie)
Various
 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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Personal Details

Other Works:

: Special appearance for Six Flags as "Ernest" in Atlanta, Georgia. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 2 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

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

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Personal Quote:

Ernest is a neighbor or relative that we've all had at one time. He's abrasive, but he doesn't mean to be. He gets excited and ends up standing on your toes. I try to make him clownish and I don't want him too low key; and he's physically funny. See more »

Trivia:

Jim Varney was supposed to be in a movie called Pirates of the plain. Directed By John Cherry. But when got sick the lead went to Tim Curry instead. This somehow became a rumor that Jim was filming Ernest the pirate but died before it was finished. See more »

Trademark:

Raspy voice. See more »

Star Sign:

Gemini

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