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Jim Varney is a Actor and In Memory Of American born on 15 june 1949 at Lexington (USA)

Jim Varney

Jim Varney
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Birth name James Albert Varney, Jr.
Nationality USA
Birth 15 june 1949 at Lexington (USA)
Death 10 february 2000 (at 50 years) at White House (USA)

James Albert "Jim" Varney, Jr. (June 15, 1949 – February 10, 2000) was an American actor, comedian, and writer best known for his role as Ernest P. Worrell, who was used in numerous television commercial campaigns and movies, giving him fame worldwide and for playing Jed Clampett in the 1993 movie version of The Beverly Hillbillies. He also provided the original voice of Slinky Dog in the first two Toy Story films.


Varney was married twice, to Jacqueline Drew (1977–83) and Jane Varney (1988–91). Both marriages ended in divorce, though he remained friends with his ex-wife Jane until his death; she became Varney's spokesperson and accompanied him in Pixar's 1999 film Toy Story 2.

On December 6, 2013, Jim Varney's nephew, Justin Lloyd, published a comprehensive biography about his uncle titled The Importance of Being Ernest: The Life of Actor Jim Varney (Stuff that Vern doesn't even know).

Best films

Toy Story (1995)
Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
(In Memory Of)
The Beverly Hillbillies (1993)

Usually with

Frank Welker
Frank Welker
(7 films)
Ash Brannon
Ash Brannon
(2 films)
John Lasseter
John Lasseter
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Jim Varney (26 films)

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The Lion King 1½, 1h13
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about animals, Films about lions, Musical films, Buddy films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Suricate
Actors Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Frank Welker, Julie Kavner, Jerry Stiller, Matthew Broderick
Roles Slinky Dog
Rating65% 3.253323.253323.253323.253323.25332
The film is told through the perspective of Timon and Pumbaa through the literary device known as a frame story. The two are shown watching the original film, The Lion King, being shown in silhouette commenting on the movie being shown before them, in a style nearly identical to that of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
Atlantis: The Lost Empire, 1h37
Directed by Kirk Wise, Gary Trousdale
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Adventure, Musical, Animation
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Musical films, Children's films, Films set in Atlantis
Actors Michael J. Fox, Cree Summer, James Garner, Corey Burton, Claudia Christian, John Mahoney
Roles Jebidiah Allardyce 'Cookie' Farnsworth (voice)
Rating69% 3.4513253.4513253.4513253.4513253.451325
A large tidal wave, triggered by a distant explosion, threatens to drown the island of Atlantis. In the midst of an evacuation from the capital city, the Queen of Atlantis is caught by a strange, hypnotic blue light and lifted up into the "Heart of Atlantis", a powerful crystal protecting the city. The crystal consumes her and creates a dome barrier that protects the city's innermost district. She leaves behind her young daughter, Princess Kida (Cree Summer), and her husband, King Kashekim Nedakh (Leonard Nimoy), as the island sinks beneath the ocean.
Daddy and Them, 1h41
Directed by Billy Bob Thornton
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Laura Dern, Billy Bob Thornton, Diane Ladd, Kelly Preston, Andy Griffith, Sandra Seacat
Roles Hazel Montgomery
Rating56% 2.8022.8022.8022.8022.802
Ruby and Claude Montgomery are a very insecure and jealous couple, who must help when Claude's Uncle Hazel is jailed for attempted murder. An Arkansan family reunites as they travel with Ruby's older sister Rose, with whom Claude had a previous relationship, and Ruby and Rose's mother Jewel, who continuously talks about Rose and Claude's past relationship, which irritates Ruby.
Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island, 1h17
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Horror comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Horror, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Medical-themed films, Films about cats, Films about dogs, Ghost films, Zombie films, Films about viral outbreaks, Comedy horror films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Disaster films
Actors Scott Innes, Billy West, Mary Kay Bergman, Frank Welker, Betty Jean Ward, Adrienne Barbeau
Roles James Rivers
Rating77% 3.8963053.8963053.8963053.8963053.896305
The movie opens with Mystery, Inc. being pursued by a moat monster. After an accident with Scooby-Doo (Scott Innes), he is caught and revealed to be a counterfeiter. This is actually an old case of the now-dissolved Mystery, Inc., who went their separate ways because they were frustrated with their mysteries having all involved mere crooks in monster costumes, as told on a talk show program by Daphne Blake (Mary Kay Bergman), who now, along with Fred Jones (Frank Welker), is running a successful TV series Coast to Coast with Daphne Blake, which involves her and Fred going to historic and inspiring places all across the country. For the show's upcoming second season, Daphne intends to visit haunted and mysterious places and track down real ghosts. When Daphne confesses on air that she misses the gang and that she wishes they were with her, Fred arranges a reunion and contacts Velma Dinkley (B.J. Ward), who has gone on and become the proprietor of a mystery bookstore, and Scooby and his owner Shaggy Rogers (Billy West), who have been bouncing from job to job, including working in customs at an airport, from which they were just fired after eating all the confiscated imported foods. The reunited gang surprise Daphne on her birthday and they go for a trip to Louisiana for her show.
Toy Story 2, 1h33
Directed by Lee Unkrich, John Lasseter, Ash Brannon
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Animation
Themes Jeu, Musical films, Films about toys, Buddy films, Children's films
Actors Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Kelsey Grammer, Don Rickles, Jim Varney
Roles Slinky Dog (voice)
Rating78% 3.94673.94673.94673.94673.9467
Woody prepares to go to cowboy camp with Andy, but his right arm is accidentally torn. Andy decides to leave him behind, and his mother puts him on a shelf. The next day, Woody discovers that Wheezy, a penguin squeaky toy, has been shelved for months due to a broken squeaker. When Andy's mother puts Wheezy in a yard sale, Woody rescues him, only to be stolen by a greedy toy collector, who takes him to his residential 23-story apartment. Buzz Lightyear and all of Andy's other toys identify the thief from a commercial as Al McWhiggin, the owner of a toy store called Al's Toy Barn. Buzz, Hamm, Mr. Potato Head, Slinky Dog, and Rex all set out to rescue Woody.
Treehouse Hostage, 1h31
Directed by Sean McNamara
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Children's films
Actors Jim Varney, Joey Zimmerman, Todd Bosley, Mark Moses, Debby Boone, Richard Kline
Roles Carl Banks
Rating51% 2.5587352.5587352.5587352.5587352.558735
Carl Banks (Jim Varney) is a dangerous counterfeiter and escapes from jail. Meanwhile Timmy Taylor (Joey Zimmerman) has a current project due on Monday and if he shows up empty handed he's going to summer school, simply because of his participation in class, and that his teacher and Principal Ott (Richard Kline) hate him.
3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain, 1h33
Directed by Sean McNamara
Origin USA
Genres Martial arts, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Martial arts
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Children's films
Actors Hulk Hogan, Loni Anderson, Jim Varney, Victor Wong, Lindsay Felton, Ron Balicki
Roles Lothar Zogg
Rating29% 1.4664551.4664551.4664551.4664551.466455
The film opens as normal while Rocky (Mathew Botuchis), Colt (Michael O'Laskey II), Tum Tum (James Paul Roeske II) are at the home of their Grandfather Mori (Victor Wong) for the summer to perform their ninja training. After being put to an obstacle course test and failing, Tum Tum overhears Rocky and Colt talking about no longer returning since they are older and have more adult things to do, depressing him. After they return home from their vacation, they meet Amanda (Chelsey Earlywine) when their heads are almost buzzed off when her out-of-control radio-controlled helicopter also broke one of their windows. After making amends, she is invited to Tum Tum's birthday party the following day at Mega Mountain which she accepts. Tum Tum is also very depressed when his favorite action hero Dave Dragon (Hulk Hogan) is set to retire and end his television series due to poor ratings, and even concerns his mother when she offers him food, to which he replies that he says "No thanks Mom, I'm not hungry".
Ernest in the Army, 1h25
Directed by John R. Cherry III
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Jim Varney, John R. Cherry III, Daniel Kash
Roles Ernest P. Worrell
Rating44% 2.201362.201362.201362.201362.20136
Ernest (Jim Varney) is working as a golf ball collector at a golf range in Valdosta, Georgia, but fantasizes about being a war hero. A friend tells him that if he joins the Army, he will get to drive large vehicles and never have to go into actual combat. He enlists, but is deployed to the fictional Middle Eastern country of Karifistan, where his unit has to save the country from being invaded by an evil Islamic dictator named Tufuti of Aziria. Once he began, Ernest and his team investigates a dictator who was responsible for the wars in the nearby village. Suddenly, he finds a lost boy and has to keep him safe until his father is found.
100 Proof
100 Proof (1997)
, 1h34
Genres Drama
Actors Jim Varney
Roles Rae's Father
Rating63% 3.178453.178453.178453.178453.17845
Close friends Rae and Carla live an impoverished life in a quiet, depressed Southern town. They pay for their drug and alcohol habits through odd jobs, grifting, and occasional prostitution. Rae has a disturbing encounter with her abusive, alcoholic father at a local bar. The two friends then head out to the countryside to score some cocaine and a brutal cycle of violence ensues.
Snowboard Academy, 1h28
Genres Comedy
Themes Sports films
Actors Corey Haim, Jim Varney, Brigitte Nielsen, Joe Flaherty, Ken Lerner, Marcia Strassman
Roles Rudy James
Rating25% 1.265091.265091.265091.265091.26509
A competition is held between two brothers on their father's ski slopes one is a skier the other a snowboarder. The competition would determine if snowboarders could be allowed to be a part the ski patrol. Into the scene arrives Rudy James, played by Jim Varney who stumbles his way into a job as ski patrol, entertainment host, and jack of all trades. What was cut out of the film was that Rudy James was hired by Mimi played by Brigitte Nielsen to ineptly sabotage the ski hill so that she could win it in a divorce proceeding. The two brothers discover her plot to damage their father's ski hill (played by SCTV's Joe Flaherty) and further hilarity ensues.
Annabelle's Wish, 54minutes
Origin USA
Genres Adventure, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about children, Films about music and musicians, Christmas films, Musical films
Actors Jay Johnson, Jerry Van Dyke, Jim Varney, Rue McClanahan, Cloris Leachman, Aria Curzon
Roles Mr. Gus Holder (voice)
Rating71% 3.577613.577613.577613.577613.57761
The story of the film is based on an old legend, that Santa Claus (or God in the original legend) gives animals the ability to speak on Christmas. The film takes place in a fictional rural farming community named Twobridge somewhere in Tennessee, where a young calf named Annabelle is born on Christmas Eve. Upon meeting Santa Claus, she becomes fascinated with reindeer and their ability to fly, and wishes to fly herself. At the same time, having been granted the temporary ability to speak, she befriends her farmer's grandson, Billy, who suffered from muteness due to a terrible fire at Annabelle's barn one night. Throughout the course of the year, they learn the true value of friendship and learn that with faith and a willingness to overcome great odds, anybody can achieve their dreams. Once Annabelle loses her ability to talk, the ability is permanently given to Billy, who later finds out. At the end of the movie, when Billy's a grown man and is now in love with and married to his childhood friend, Emily, Santa Claus grants Annabelle's wish of flying by turning her into one of his reindeer, returning her ability to speak in the process.
Ernest Goes to Africa, 1h30
Directed by John R. Cherry III
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films set in Africa
Actors Jim Varney, Linda Kash, Jamie Bartlett, Frank Opperman, Eric the Actor
Roles Ernest P. Worrell
Rating46% 2.3008452.3008452.3008452.3008452.300845
Ernest P. Worrell (Varney) has been fired from his job due to accidentally crushing a lady's car. He goes to a local restaurant and asks his crush, Rene Loomis (Kash) to go on a date with him. He is turned down by her because she wants to date somebody more adventurous. Ernest decided to buy her a gift to show that he really cares for her. He goes to a flea market where he buys two jewels, unaware that they are the "Eyes of Igoli" stolen from the Sinkatutu tribe in Africa by a runaway man named Mr. Rabhas who is being chased by two henchmen of Prince Kazim. He is cornered by the men but rescued by a man named Thompson (Bartlett) and his strong African bodyguard, Bazu.
Toy Story
Toy Story (1995)
, 1h22
Directed by John Lasseter
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Jeu, Films about dogs, Films about toys, Buddy films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger
Roles Slinky Dog (voice)
Rating79% 3.9937453.9937453.9937453.9937453.993745
In a world where toys pretend to be lifeless in the presence of humans, Woody, a pullstring cowboy toy, is the leader of a group of toys that are owned by a boy named Andy Davis. With his family moving away one week before his birthday, Andy is given a week-early party to spend with his friends, while the toys stage a reconnaissance mission to discover Andy's new presents. Andy receives a spaceman action figure named Buzz Lightyear, whose impressive features see him replacing Woody as Andy's favorite toy. Woody becomes resentful, especially when he notices that Buzz also gets attention from the other toys. However, Buzz believes himself to be a real space ranger on a mission to return to his home planet, while Woody tries to convince him that he is just a toy.
The Expert
The Expert (1995)
, 1h32
Directed by William Lustig
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action
Actors James Brolin, Jeff Speakman, Jim Varney, Alex Datcher, Elizabeth Gracen, Red West
Roles Snake
Rating46% 2.3176452.3176452.3176452.3176452.317645
C'était un meurtre brutal qui a envoyé le psychopathe dérangé Martin Kagan en prison. C'est un sous-directeur naïf qui lui a accordé un sursis à exécution. Maintenant, l'instructeur de défense tactique du département de police, John Lomax, veut se venger de la mort de sa sœur bien-aimée.
Slam Dunk Ernest, 1h33
Directed by John R. Cherry III
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Themes Sports films, Basketball films
Actors Jim Varney, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Stevie Vallance, Cylk Cozart, Miguel A. Nunez, Jr., Jay Brazeau
Roles Ernest
Rating45% 2.299562.299562.299562.299562.29956
Ernest (Jim Varney) takes a job with a cleaning service at the local mall, and he soon seeks to join his co-workers' basketball team, "Clean Sweep", as they compete in the city league tournament. He is reluctantly accepted by the team, but given only a minor role as their cheerleader and mascot. In his despair, he is visited by an angel (played by basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), and given a pair of magical shoes, but is warned, "Don't misuse the shoes." As a matter of fact, the shoe store's owner, Zamiel Moloch happens to be a demon in disguise. He would eventually prevent Ernest's sportsmanship with the basketball players by luring Ernest to arrogance.