NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jim Varney, one of America’smost beloved comedic actors died today of lung cancer at his home in WhiteHouse, Tenn. He was 50 years old.
Varney brought laughter and joy to the hearts of America and the world forover a generation. Starring in nine “Ernest” movies, as Jed Clampett in”Beverly Hillbillies,” and in the 1996 film “Snowboard Academy” as well as performing in countless other films andtelevision productions, Varney had a magic that connected with audiences ofall ages.
From the voice of Slinky Dog in “Toy Story” to local commercials in townsacross America, Varney had a special quality that made people feel good andtouched their souls. His warm heart and gentle nature were a magnet for youngand old alike. Through personal visits, he brought joy and inspiration tohospitalized and terminally ill children.
“The entire world will miss him, and we thank God for allowing the talentsand humor of Jim Varney to be shared with us all,” said associates close tothe actor.
Burial will be in Lexington, Ky., and there will be a public memorialservice in Nashville, Tennessee, with details to be announced in the days tofollow.
Condolences may be sent to www.ernestfanclub.com