Who was Jim Varney and what is his net worth? Jim Varney was an actor, writer and comedian from the United States of America. He is mostly famous for portraying the fictional character, Ernest P. Worrell which was used in TV series, films and even advertising campaigns. Jim also worked in video games including Toy Story: Activity Center, Atlantis: The Lost Empire and others.
James Albert Varney Jr. was born on June 15, 1949 in Lexington, Kentucky, United States. His father, James Albert Varney Sr. died in 1985, and his mother, Louise Varney died in 1994. Jim studied at Lafayette Senior High School and Murray State University.
Jim Varney was married and divorced twice. His first marriage was in 1977 to Jacqueline Drew and they got divorced in 1983. His second marriage was in 1988 to Jane Varney and they got divorced in 1991. Jim and Jane were friends even after their divorce.
On February 10, 2000, in his home, White House, Tennessee, Lung Cancer was the reason behind Jim Varney’s death (50 years old). He was buried in Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Kentucky, United States.
When Jim Varney was a child, he used to entertain his family by memorising long sentences and so. Later his mother saw him portraying a cartoon character and got him in a children’s theater. First, he was doing his portraying shows in local theaters, then in night clubs.
In 1980, Jim Varney made his first TV appearance as “Ernest” in a commercial for Dallas Cowboys NFL team Cheerleaders. Then the character was used across the whole United States for many uses including milk advertisements. Jim Varney also did commercials for a few car dealerships, food retailers and others. His character, “Ernest” appeared in a children’s TV program that aired on CBS called, Hey Vern, It’s Ernest!.
In 1987, “Ernest” appeared in a comedy film called Ernest Goes to Camp. He continued appearing in many TV films. Jim Varney’s last appearance was in a comedy film which was released after his death, in 2001 called Daddy and Them.
Jim Varney Net Worth
Jim Varney made a lot of successful TV films and series appearances. He also worked as the voice actor in many films and series including Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Toy Story 2, Hercules, The Simpsons, Annabelle’s Wish, Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man and others. Jim Varney also worked in video games including Toy Story: Activity Center, Animated Storybook: Toy Story, Toy Story 2: Activity Center, Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue and Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
His last work was released after his death, in 2001 in a comedy film called Daddy and Them. Jim Varney earned a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series for his work in Hey Vern, It’s Ernest! Jim Varney had a net worth of $12 million.
Jim Varney was a very successful actor. He made history with his character “Ernest” which was used across the whole United States and in many business fields. Jim Varney was married and divorced twice. He died in 2000 because of Lung Cancer.
Jim Varney, May Your Soul Rest In Peace.