The Pressures of Stardom On Jim Varney

August 9th, 2013

The comedic actor Jim Varney rose to stardom by way of a somewhat unusual career path. His portrayal of the character Earnest P. Worrell in a series of television commercials captured viewers imaginations to such a major extent that Earnest was spun off onto the big screen.
Varney was a trained actor with a gift for doing distinctive voices and creating memorable humorous characters that lent themselves well to being pitchmen for various businesses.
When his Earnest character blew up and his various catch phrases ( Hey Vern, (more…)

Types of Jobs Jim Varney Did Before Acting

June 26th, 2013

As an icon of the 90s, Jim Varney is most popularly known for his character “Ernest”; however, before the creation of “Ernest”, Jim Varney developed years of experience doing acting and comedy. Jim Varney began acting and comedy in clubs at the age of eight. He was constantly inspired by the people surrounding him to pursue a career in acting as he had an uncanny ability to memorize long lines of poetry and acting dialogue. His mother noticed this ability at an early age and immediately placed him in an acting school. Jim Varney’s big (more…)

The Educational Background of Jim Varney

May 12th, 2013

Jim Varney was predisposed to acting, with a natural propensity to imitate and entertain. Throughout his childhood, Jim displayed a great capacity for memorization and imitation, and at eight years old, Jim’s mother enrolled him in children’s theater. This early education at children’s theater laid the foundation for his career.

Varney continued acting in his hometown of Lexington, Kentucky. During his high school years at Lafayette High School, he regularly earned state titles during high school drama competitions. Before graduating in 1968, Varney portrayed Ebenezer Scrooge for a local theater, and performed regularly (more…)

Where Does Jim Varney Originate From?

March 27th, 2013

Jim Varner is most notably known for his portrayal of Ernest P. Worrell in a series of films and advertisements beginning in the early 1980′s. However, before this iconic role became a household favorite, Varner had already established himself as a solid force to be reckoned with.

Starting his career in theater as a young adult, Varner quickly made the transition from local playhouse actor to television star. In various roles, he had the opportunity (more…)

The Serious Side Of Jim Varney

June 23rd, 2012

Jim Varney was much more than the funny man Earnest P. Worrell, he had many passions in his life and took them very seriously. Jim, had a near genius I.Q. level and he was passionate about Shakespeare. This was a huge influence on him, and the leading source for him studying Shakespeare at the Barter Theatre in Virginia. He actually wanted to do a play about the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s. His grandfather, used to go fishing with the McCoy’s in Kentucky (more…)

Development of Jim Varney’s Acting Career

November 8th, 2011

James Albert Varney, Jr. began acting in Lafayette High school, Lexington, KY. At the age of eight, his mother put him in children-s theatre because of his ability to imitate the cartoon characters he would watch on television. He continued with his acting and while in high school he won top state awards in drama competitions. Jim performed in a local theatre version of Ebenezer Scrooge at the age of 15 and by 17 he was performing in nightclubs and coffee houses.
Mr. Varney-s first television commercial, (more…)

The Whimsical Comedy Of Actor Jim Varney

October 27th, 2011

Jim Varney, born James Albert Varney Jr., and lovingly referred to as Ernest after a character he played, was an American actor, musician, and comedian. Though he passed away February 10, 2000 at the age of 50, many fans still adore his work. Jim had the acting bug even early in his childhood. He would perform things he memorized in front of his family to entertain them. As a teenager and into his twenties, Jim started to perform on stage in the theater.

Jim has not only been in stand-up comedy (more…)

Things I Bet You Didn’t Know About Jim Varney

October 12th, 2011

Although the great character actor Jim Varney died in the year 2000, he has not been forgotten. His legacy will continue for years to come, due to his broad range of acting abilities and of course, the beloved character of Earnest P. Worrell, for which he is probably best known.

But, did you know that Jim Varney was also very active in the Make-a-Wish foundation? The Make-a-Wish Foundation grants wishes to dying children, and meeting or talking to Earnest (more…)

Ernest Loved Mississippi – So Should You!

September 14th, 2011

There are a lot of great reasons to visit Mississippi and the number one should be that Ernest loved it here! If you haven’t looked into hughesnet mississipi or booked your ticket yet you’ve got to see what you’re missing. It’s a wonderland here.
Mississippi Gulf Beaches: If you’re in the mood for some of Mississippi’s best beaches, you’ve got to head to the gulf. Spend the day soaking up the sun and when you’re finished there, head to one of the Gulf’s (more…)

How Did The Ernest P. Worrell Character Develop?

May 1st, 2011

Ernest P. Worrell is best known today for his numerous feature films starring the lovable and well meaning, yet painfully ignorant and slow Ernest. Ernest, however, got his start doing local television commercials down south. Initially, Ernest was invented by classically trained actor Jim Varney to be “everyone’s annoying neighbor.” The point of Ernest was to be that neighbor who is always bugging everyone about the latest deals and new products. The commercials were always Ernest addressing the camera, calling it Vern, and relentlessly pressing him on new products and sales.

After a few years, (more…)