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Jerry Lester (I) (1910–1995)

Jerry Lester was born on February 16, 1910 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was an actor, known for Hardly Working (1980), Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) and Arizona to Broadway (1933). He was married to Alice Elgie Wall and Ardelle Unger. He died on March 23, 1995 in Miami, Florida, USA. See full bio »


(age 85) in Miami, Florida, USA
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Smokey and the Bandit II Warehouse Guard
Arizona to Broadway Jimmy Dante
Li'l Abner Pappy Yokum


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 1980 Smokey and the Bandit II
Warehouse Guard
 1980 Hardly Working
 1978 Odds and Evens
 1975 The Godmothers
Ricky Mastrasso
 1973 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
- The Black Art of Dying (1973) ... Chicky
 1968 Gentle Ben (TV Series)
Mr. Carter
- The Wall That Mark and Tom Built (1968) ... Mr. Carter
 1967 Li'l Abner (TV Movie)
Pappy Yokum
 1967 The Monkees (TV Series)
- Monkees at the Movies (1967) ... Kramm
 1967 The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Big Julie
- The Phi Beta Killer Affair (1967) ... Big Julie
 1961 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
- The Ballet of the Paper Bullet (1961) ... Janusz
 1961 Miami Undercover (TV Series)
- The Clown (1961) ... Lennie
 1959 The Rookie
Jerry Mann
 1957 The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (TV Series)
Comedian-African Explorer
- Episode #3.2 (1957) ... Comedian-African Explorer
 1956 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
Jerry Croyden
- Plainfield Teachers College (1956) ... Jerry Croyden
 1951 Chesterfield Sound Off Time (TV Series)
 1942 Sleepytime Gal
 1939 Swing Hotel (Short)
 1933 Arizona to Broadway
Jimmy Dante
 1933 Mickey's Gala Premier (Short)
Maurice Chevalier / Ed Wynne / Jimmy Durante / ... (voice, uncredited)
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(1/28/53) Played the Shaefer Inn in Chicago, IL. See more »

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While co-starring at the Copa with singer Carol Bruce, Lester was criticized on opening night for using risqué material. He later was better accepted by spinning a top and by reciting Boy Scout exam answers. See more »

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