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Ron Lester, Varsity Blues Star, Passes Away at 45

18 June 2016 10:55 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sad news to report today, especially for fans of sports movies and teen comedies. One 1990s luminary is no longer with us. Best known for playing Billy Bob in the football dramedy Varsity Blues, actor Ron Lester has passed away at the young age of 45. He succumbed to a long battle with liver and kidney ailments. Lester's manager had this to say on Facebook about the actor's untimely death.

"Tonight my friends we lost my good friend and actor Ron Lester - He passed at 8:57 pm Dallas TX Time. He was not in any pain and passed away peacefully. For the Media - I will release a press statement as soon as I have a chance to mourn my friend. Please keep his Fiancee Jennifer Worland in your prayers as she was with him. His friends and family was around him during this difficult time."

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- MovieWeb

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Ron Lester, ‘Varsity Blues’ Actor, Dies at 45

17 June 2016 9:28 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ron Lester, the “Varsity Blues” actor who struggled with obesity throughout his life, died Friday in Dallas of organ failure. He was 45. The Georgia-born actor had been hospitalized for about four months and had been battling liver and kidney problems.

His agent Dave Bradley posted on Facebook that he was not in pain and that his fiancee was with him.

Lester played Billy Bob in the 1999 football movie “Varsity Blues,” which also starred Paul Walker and James Van Der Beek, and also appeared in “Not Another Teen Movie” and “Good Burger.”

On TV, he had a recurring role on the series “Popular” and played Seidleman on “Freaks and Geeks.” He also guested on “CSI: NY” and “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.”

Tipping the scales at 508 pounds, Lester nearly died after having gastric bypass surgery but recovered and lost more than 300 pounds. However, he was not in demand to play the “fat »

- Pat Saperstein

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Varsity Blues Actor Ron Lester Dead at Age 45

17 June 2016 9:16 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Ron Lester, who played Billy Bob in the 1999 flick Varsity Blues, has passed away at the age of 45. His agent Dave Bradley confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that the actor died Friday evening of liver and kidney failure. Earlier today, Lester was transported from an intensive care unit at a Dallas-area hospital into hospice care, according to the magazine. Lester got his start in Hollywood back in 1997 when he had a part in the Nickelodeon hit Good Burger shortly before Varsity Blues. In an interview with Movieweb just four months ago, Lester opened up about why the role of Billy Bob was near and dear to his heart. "I had the same feelings that my character had. Jon Voight is like a »

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Varsity Blues Actor Ron Lester Dead After Being Moved to Hospice Care

17 June 2016 5:40 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Ron Lester - famous for his role as Billy Bob in Varsity Blues - has died, his agent Dave Bradley confirmed to Entertainment Weekly. He was 45. Early Friday, Bradley reported that Lester was in critical condition at a Dallas hospital after suffering liver and kidney failure. Lester's first got his start in the 1997 Nickelodeon film Good Burger, before going on to star as the lovable football player in 1999's Varsity Blues. More recently he made an appearance on CSI: NY and had a part in the upcoming film Bomb City which is currently filming. The last time the actor addressed »

- Naja Rayne, @najarane

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Varsity Blues Actor Ron Lester Dead After Being Moved to Hospice Care

17 June 2016 5:40 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Ron Lester - famous for his role as Billy Bob in Varsity Blues - has died, his agent Dave Bradley confirmed to Entertainment Weekly. He was 45. Early Friday, Bradley reported that Lester was in critical condition at a Dallas hospital after suffering liver and kidney failure. Lester's first got his start in the 1997 Nickelodeon film Good Burger, before going on to star as the lovable football player in 1999'2 Varsity Blues. More recently he made an appearance on CSI: NY and had a part in the upcoming film Bomb City which is currently filming. The last time the actor, 45, addressed »

- Naja Rayne, @najarane

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All That's Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell Reunite for Comedy: Working Together 'Is Like a Comfy Pair of Shoes'

25 March 2016 3:50 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Some things will never change. No matter how distant Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell's friendship seems to have drifted, the pair still remains closer than ever and has joined forces, once again, for Fandango - and Mitchell says, "it's awesome." "[Working together] is like a comfy pair of shoes because we did it not too long ago," Thompson tells People exclusively about working with his All That costar for the first time in eight months on the set of his latest project with Fandango for their spring/summer brand campaign starting in May, where he plays movie super fan Miles Mouvay, »

- Nicole Sands, @nicolesands901

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All That's Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell Reunite for Comedy: '[Working Together] Is like a Comfy Pair of Shoes'

25 March 2016 3:50 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Some things will never change. No matter how distant Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell's friendship seems to have drifted, the pair still remains closer than ever and has joined forces, once again, for Fandango - and Mitchell says, "it's awesome." "[Working together] is like a comfy pair of shoes because we did it not too long ago," Thompson tells People exclusively about working with his All That costar for the first time in eight months on the set of his latest project with Fandango for their spring/summer brand campaign starting in May, where he plays movie super fan Miles Mouvay, »

- Nicole Sands, @nicolesands901

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'All That' Reunion Happening on Nickelodeon This Spring

24 March 2016 1:53 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in October, Nickelodeon launched a new block of programming known as The Splat, which airs episodes of the network's classic animated shows such as Rugrats, Hey Arnold! and The Ren and Stimpy Show. Earlier this week, The Splat revealed that they are also assembling a reunion of another popular Nickelodeon series, All That, with a new video that features cast members Danny Tamberelli, Kel Mitchell, Josh Server, Lori Beth Denberg and Kenan Thompson. E! Online reports that the reunion will take place on The Splat on April 16 and April 17, during a marathon of the original series.

The cast members will reunite for 1-3 minute video interstitials that will air during the marathon, where they will discuss their experiences of working on All That, which originally aired for 10 seasons between 1994 and 2005. The show helped launch the careers of other stars such as Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon and Jamie Lynn Spears, »

- MovieWeb

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New on Netflix: March 2016

22 February 2016 3:30 PM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Netflix is delivering the goods in March 2016.

Mark your calendars: Season 2 of "Marvel's Daredevil" debuts March 18, as does "Pee-wee's Big Holiday." And President Underwood returns March 4 with Season 4 of "House of Cards."

And prepare to yell "Khaaaaan!" to your heart's content as "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (1982) is added to Netflix streaming on March 1. Also new to Netflix in March: "Groundhog Day" (1993), "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (1991), and "Scarface" (1983).

Available March 1, 2016

"Adult Beginners" (2015)

"Ahora o Nunca" (2015)

"Aldnoah.Zero: Season 2

"American Pie Presents: Beta House" (2007)

"American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile" (2006)

"Before We Go" (2015)

"Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland" (2016)

"El Desconocido" (2015)

"Fresh Meat: Series 2

"Frog Kingdom" (2013)

"Good Burger" (1997)

"Groundhog Day" (1993)

"Heaven Knows What" (2015)

"Hot Sugar's Cold World" (2015)

"Midsomer Murders: Series 17

"Narcopolis" (2015)

"Road Trip: Beer Pong" (2009)

"Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (1991)

"Scarface" (1983)

"Star Trek: The Motion Picture" (1979)

"Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (1982)

"The Young Kieslowski »

- Sharon Knolle

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'Godfather' Star Abe Vigoda Passes Away at Age 94

26 January 2016 12:41 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While we aren't even one month into 2016, the entertainment industry has already lost several notable icons. Today, Variety reports that beloved character actor Abe Vigoda passed away in his New Jersey home at the age of 94. The news was confirmed by his daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, who revealed he passed from natural causes.

Abe Vigoda was born February 24, 1921 in New York City, to Lena (Moses) and Samuel Vigoda, both Russian Jewish immigrants. His father was a tailor on the Lower East Side. The actor made his first stage appearance at the age of 17 and performed n small theater shows for over 20 years. He had roles in notable off-Broadway productions such as "Richard III" in 1960 and 1961, "The Cherry Orchard" in 1962-63, "A Darker Flower" in 1963 and "The Cat and the Canary" in 1965. The actor made his Broadway debut with a role in a revival of "The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul »

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Disney’s ‘Austin & Ally’ Creators Talk Series Finale, Favorite Cast Memories

8 January 2016 4:41 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

After four seasons, more than 85 episodes and the formation of four major Disney stars, “Austin & Ally” is coming to an end. The popular kids sitcom airs its series finale on Sunday, Jan. 10.

Premiering in December 2011, the music genre comedy created by tween TV vets Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert made stars of the titular characters Ross Lynch and Laura Marano, who spent much of the series as an on-and-off couple, creating a passionate fan base that followed the cast’s every move, both on and off the screen.

“We were blessed with an amazing cast, and we knew our fans would love them as much as we did,” the co-creators — who also worked on “All That,” “Kenan & Kel,” “Good Burger” and Demi Lovato’s “Sonny With A Chance” — tell Variety, admitting that they’re not surprised by the show’s success, thanks to Lynch, who plays Austin; Marano, who plays »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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