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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 »

Died:

(age 81) in Varina, Virginia, USA

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Known For

Diamonds Are Forever Willard Whyte
(1971)
Big Bad John Cletus Morgan
(1990)
J.J. Starbuck Charlie Bullets
(1987-1988)
Carnage Park Soundtrack
(2016)

Filmography

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 1990 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Bobby Diamond
- Ballad for a Blue Lady (1990) ... Bobby Diamond
 1990 Big Bad John
Cletus Morgan
 1987-1988 J.J. Starbuck (TV Series)
Charlie Bullets
- A Song from the Sequel (1988) ... Charlie Bullets
- Murder by Design (1988) ... Charlie Bullets
- The Circle Unbroken (1988) ... Charlie Bullets
- Graveyard Shift (1987) ... Charlie Bullets
- Gold from the Rainbow (1987) ... Charlie Bullets
 1981-1982 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Beau Gillette / Charlie Rowlands
- Funny Man/Tattoo, the Matchmaker (1982) ... Beau Gillette
- Man-Beast/Ole Island Opry (1981) ... Charlie Rowlands
 1977 The City (TV Movie)
Wes Collins
 1972 Rolling Man (TV Movie)
Lyman Hawkes
 1971 Diamonds Are Forever
Willard Whyte
 1967-1970 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Josh Clements / Jeremiah / Delo Jones
- Bringing Up Josh (1970) ... Josh Clements
- Sunshine Patriots (1970) ... Josh Clements
- An Angel Cried (1970) ... Josh Clements
- The Cache (1969) ... Josh Clements
- A Bearskin for Jamie Blue (1969) ... Josh Clements (credit only)
 1969 The Ballad of Andy Crocker (TV Movie)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

CD: "Big Bad John" (Columbia) See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 3 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Official Sites:

Facebook | Instagram | See more »

Height:

6' 3" (1.91 m)

Spouse:

Donna Meade  (his death) | See more »

Children:

Dean, Garry | See more »

Parents:

Dean, Ruth | Dean, George Otto
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on ex-bandmate and good friend Roy Clark] Ultimately, I had to drop him from the Texas Wildcats because he just wasn't reliable enough. At the same time, however, I had no doubt in my mind that he'd soon be among the biggest names in country and western. Sure enough, when I went about getting Roy on my show 8 years later, it was a frustrating process to track him down. I was like, "Roy, I can ... See more »

Trivia:

When his "Big Bad John" was first released, it ended with the words "at the bottom of this mine lies one hell of a man". It was changed on later releases to "at the bottom of this mine lies a big, big man". See more »

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