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Jim Varney Net Worth


Famous American comedian, actor, musician, voice artist, and producer Jim Varney had a net worth of $12 million dollars. Known for his character Ernest P. Worrell, Varney played the character in several commercials and movies, achieving national recognition for his catchphrase ‘KnoWhutIMean, Vern?’.

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  • Jim Varney was a famous American comedian, actor, musician, voice artist, and producer who is known for his portrayal of the popular character Ernest P. Worrell.
  • Aside from playing Ernest, Varney also achieved recognition for his voice work as Slinky Dog in the first two 'Toy Story' films as well as his roles in 'The Beverly Hillbillies' and 'Daddy and Them.'
  • Varney discovered his performing skills at an early age, and had a successful career in entertainment from a young age. He started performing professionally at the age of 17, and went on to win multiple drama competition state titles and study alongside professionals in Virginia.

Basic Information About Jim Varney

CategoryCelebrities β€Ί Actors
ProfessionsActor, Comedian, Writer, Voice Actor, Musician
Net worth$12,000,000
Date of birth1949-06-15
Place of birthLexington
Date of death2000-02-10 (aged 50)
NationalityUnited States of America
Curiosities and TrademarksRaspy voice.
Known for his Ernest P. Worrell character: a boufoonish redneck who ultimately redeems himself in the end
Height6 ft (1.85 m)
Social Mediaβ†—οΈŽ Wikipedia β†—οΈŽ IMDb

What Movie Awards did Jim Varney win?


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Jim Varney awards

Award Name State Movie / Series Name Year
Razzie Award - Worst New StarNomineeErnest Goes to Camp1988

Jim Varney roles

Movie / Series Role
Atlantis: The Lost EmpireCookie (voice)
Toy StorySlinky Dog (voice)
Toy Story 2Slinky Dog (voice)
The Beverly HillbilliesJed Clampett
Ernest Goes to CampErnest P. Worrell
The SimpsonsCooder 1 episode, 1998
Hee HawSelf 2 episodes, 1986
RoseannePrince Carlos 2 episodes, 1996
HerculesEphialtes 1 episode, 1998
The Tonight Show with Jay LenoSelf 1 episode, 1993
Duckman: Private Dick/Family ManWalt Evergreen 1 episode, 1997
Operation PetticoatSeaman 'Doom & Gloom' Broom / ... 33 episodes, 1977-1979

Jim Varney's Quotes

  • Life's just a bus stop to somewhere infinitely better.
  • [On making Ernest Scared Stupid] I loved it. As a kid, anything that gave me nightmares I had to watch.
  • I started to do a study on how not to do stand-up comedy. Yeah, it's lonely work. You die, you die alone. It's you, the light, and the audience. If you win, you win big. If you lose, you lose big time.
  • I like to sing. I write music. Country songs. You have to if you're in Nashville. It's part of the lease. You sign a lease that says, I will write country songs and pay my rent on time.
  • I'd like to do a piece of Shakespeare. Any upcoming Shakespeare film. Just a bit to say I did a classic.

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Interesting Facts about Jim Varney

  1. Included in a 1986 home video collection of Ernest commercials is a public service spot with Ernest trying to convince "Vern" to quit smoking, thus avoiding "The Big 'C'-Cancer. Chemotherapy City."
  2. Was a heavy smoker off-camera and died of lung cancer at age 50.
  3. Jim Varney died at about 4:45 am February 10, 2000 at his White House, Tennessee home. His sisters and his niece and nephew Justin Lloyd were at his bed side when he died.
  4. Lived in Lexington, Kentucky while growing up, and graduated from Lafayette Senior High School with the class of 1968. He listed a former teacher, Thelma Beeler, as being one of the main contributing factors in his becoming an actor.
  5. His final movie, "Ernest the Pirate" (2000) had nearly completed shooting at the time of his death, but got canceled and was never released.
  6. Known to fans as Ernest P. Worrell, his most famous character, who propelled him to the public eye. Ernest appeared in commercials "alongside" his off-camera friend Vern. Ernest would address the camera as if it were Vern.
  7. Despite his persona as Ernest P. Worrell, he reportedly had a near genius I.Q. level. He was said to be occasionally exasperated with fans who met him and assumed he was exactly like the Worrell character he portrayed.
  8. When he discovered he had lung cancer in August 1998, he reportedly threw away his cigarettes and quit smoking--cold turkey. Unfortunately, it was too late.
  9. He used to do commercials for the Dodge dealership in Henderson, Kentucky, sitting in the Dodge Viper "high in the sky."
  10. As his Ernest P. Worrell persona, he did advertisements for the Southern California auto mall Cerritos Auto Square. After his death, commercials now feature a CGI Ernest.
  11. As Ernest, Jim Varney used to do Purity Dairy commercials which ran in Nashville, TN.
  12. One of the companies he portrayed his beloved character Earnest for was the Kroger grocery store chain. These aired mainly in Tennessee, parts of Mississippi, and Ohio, where Kroger chains are predominate.
  13. Between 1987 and 1990, Disney released four Ernest movies that generated a total of $100 million. Five more Ernest films were released independently, mainly for the video and television markets.
  14. The character of Ernest was actually introduced in a commercial for Bowling Green, Kentucky's Beech Bend Raceway Park.
  15. Along with Robin Williams, Varney was one of Los Angeles's Comedy Store's original alumni.
  16. Standup comedy launched his TV career. His first national appearance came at age 25, when he embarked on the talk show circuit, that included The Merv Griffin Show (1962) and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962).
  17. Studied Shakespeare at the Barter Theatre in Virginia and performed in a folk show during Opryland's first year of operation
  18. When given the chance to have a lifelong dream fulfilled by such groups as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, several hundred terminally ill children have asked to meet Ernest. He never let them down.
  19. Was very good friends with Robin Williams.
  20. Remained good friends with his second wife Jane after their divorce and she became his spokesperson later in life.

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