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Jimmy Dean (I) (1928–2010)

Jimmy Dean, the musician, actor and entrepreneur, was instrumental in the mainstreaming of country music, a genre that now ranks as the most popular in the United States but which, back in the 1960s, was accorded little respect in the mass media. Jimmy Dean had a #1 hit in the US and England with his song "Big Bad John," which established his fame... See full bio »


(age 81) in Varina, Virginia, USA

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Diamonds Are Forever Willard Whyte
Big Bad John Cletus Morgan
J.J. Starbuck Charlie Bullets
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  Arde Madrid (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2018) (writer - 1 episode, 2018)
- I love mojama (2018) ... (performer: "Big Bad John") / (writer: "Big Bad John")
 2016 Carnage Park (performer: "Big Bad John") / (writer: "Big Bad John")
 2014 Big John: The John Hartson Story (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Big Bad John" - uncredited) / (writer: "Big Bad John" - uncredited)
 2012 Gila! (TV Movie) (lyrics: "Little Black Book") / (music: "Little Black Book") / (performer: "Little Black Book")
 2005 My Name Is Earl (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Quit Smoking (2005) ... (performer: "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)")
 1998 Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Something to Treasure (1998) ... (writer: "Big Bad John" - uncredited)
 1993 Wilder Napalm (performer: "Phfft! You Were Gone!")
 1991 Flirting (writer: "Big Bad John")
 1990 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Ballad for a Blue Lady (1990) ... (performer: "Nobody is Dancing Tonight" - uncredited)
 1990 Big Bad John (performer: "Big Bad John") / (writer: "Big Bad John")
 1968-1970 Daniel Boone (TV Series) (performer - 6 episodes)
- Sunshine Patriots (1970) ... (performer: "It's Good To Be Back Home" - uncredited)
- The Grand Alliance (1969) ... (performer: "Barbara Allen" - uncredited)
- Benvenuto... Who? (1969) ... (performer: "Aura Lee" - uncredited)
- Valley of the Sun (1968) ... (performer: "Remember Millie" - uncredited)
- Be Thankful for the Fickleness of Women (1968) ... (performer: "Lift The Tankard High", "That's The Life For Me", "Man Was Born To Be Free", "I'll Be A Single Man" - uncredited)
 1968 The Jerry Lewis Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.21 (1968) ... (writer: "Sixteen Tons" - uncredited)
 1967 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #21.5 (1967) ... (performer: "Friendship")
 1963-1964 The Jimmy Dean Show (TV Series) (performer - 5 episodes)
- Episode #1.25 (1964) ... (performer: "Row! Row! Row!", "Bummin' Around", "You Are My Sunshine", "Does Anybody Here Play the Piano", "I'll Always Be a Buddy to You", "To a Sleeping Beauty" - uncredited)
- Eddy Arnold, Gwen Verdon, Roger Price, Allan Sherman, Molly Bee (1963) ... (performer: "Song and Dance Man" - uncredited)
- Maureen O'Hara, Bronwyn FitzSimons, Professor Backwards (1963) ... (performer: "Wabash Cannonball", "You're a Real Good Friend", "Song and Dance Man", "Beautiful Brown Eyes", "Sweet Temptation", "Columbus Stockdale Blues", "Foolin' Around", "Midnight", "Gotta Travel On", "Swinging on a Star" - uncredited)
- Rosemary Clooney, Jo Stafford, Al Hirt, Don Adams, Jackie Mason, Elston Howard (1963) ... (performer: "Then I'll Be Happy" - uncredited)
- Jack E. Leonard, The McGuire Sisters (1963) ... (performer: "Mississippi Mud"(1927), "Me and My Shadow" (uncredited))
 1963 The Patty Duke Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Songwriters (1963) ... (performer: "When Love Is Gone" - uncredited)
 1962 Bandstand (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 14 July 1962 (1962) ... (writer: "Little Bitty Big John")
  I've Got a Secret (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1962) (writer - 1 episode, 1962)
- Episode dated 28 May 1962 (1962) ... (performer: "Big Bad John") / (writer: "Big Bad John")
 1959 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- State Fair U.S.A. (1959) ... (performer: "At the Fair", "Richest Man (in the World)", "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling", "Nobody's Darling But Mine", "It's Only a Paper Moon", "Let There Be Peace on Earth" - uncredited)
 1959 The Jimmy Dean Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 11 May 1959 (1959) ... (performer: "The Alabama Jubilee" (uncredited), "Smile and Show Your Dimples", "Easter Parade")
 1957 The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Errol Flynn, Martha Raye, Jimmy Dean, Don Adams, Rita Gam, Jennie Smith (1957) ... (performer: "Little Sandy Sleighfoot" - uncredited)
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Anybody in any business who thinks they can't be replaced should do this: stick their hand in a bucket of water, then pull it out, and see how big a hole it leaves. See more »


Release of his autobiography, "Jimmy Dean's Own Story: Thirty Years of Sausage, Fifty Years of Ham" by Jimmy and his wife, 'Donna Meade' Dean. See more »

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