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Jim Varney
Jim Varney
Background information
Born James Albert Varney, Jr.
June 15, 1949
Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Died February 10, 2000 (aged 50)
White House, Tennessee, United States
Cause of death Lung cancer
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Alternate names
Occupation(s) Actor, comedian, musician, writer and voice artist
Years active 1976-2000
Spouse(s) Jacqueline Drew (1977-1983)
Jane Varney (1988-1991)

James Alber "Jim" Varney, Jr. (June 15, 1949 - February 10, 2000) was an American actor, comedian, musician, writer and voice artist who was best known for his role as the bumbling country bumpkin Ernest P. Worrell, who first appeared in a series of commercials popular in the United States, especially Nashville, Tennessee. Disney took notice of the character's popularity and produced a feature film called Ernest Goes to Camp, starring Varney as Ernest. Varney's acting abilities led him to many roles both as an actor and a voice artist. He appeared as the voice of Slinky in the Pixar films Toy Story and Toy Story 2. Shortly before work began on Toy Story 2, Varney was diagnosed with lung cancer and died, while he was recording lines for another Disney film Atlantis: The Lost Empire, which was released a year after his death. In Toy Story 3, his friend, Blake Clark took over as the voice of Slinky.

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