James Albert Varney Jr. is an American actor, writer, and a comedian. He has best been known for his role which he played as ‘Ernest P. Worrell’ and which later was used in various television commercials as well as films. Also, he gained a lot of fame for playing ‘Jed Clampett’ in the film version of ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’ in 1993 and voiced ‘Slinky Dog’ in the Toy Story. Let’s have a glance at the net worth of Jim Varney in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
James was born on June 15th, 1949 in Lexington, Kentucky. When growing up, he showed that he could memorise long poems and a wide variety of materials from books easily. His mother allowed him to watch cartoons and he was fun of watching other children perform in theatre since he was eight years old. When he was fifteen years old, he portrayed Ebenezer Scrooge, and by the time he was aged seventeen years old, he was performing in numerous nightclubs.
He has been married twice. The first time that he got married was in 1977 to Jacqueline Drew and later to Jane Varney. In the above two marriages, they all ended up in divorce although, for Jane, they remained friends until his death. In both marriages, he never sired a child.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Varney rose to fame when he played the role ‘Ernest Worrell’ during a television commercial that was advertising Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. This happened in 1980, and this character was used by numerous companies that were producing milk as well as dairy products. The excellent performance of the above character is what motivated him to create other characters like Sgt. Glory who was a drill instructor.
This was also used in various television commercials as well as more television shows. His commercials continued to increase the number of clients including Leadco as well as Blake’s Lotaburger. Among his final films was ‘Daddy and Them’ in which played the role of an Uncle who had been arrested for murder. He also wrote a screenplay which was about a legendary ‘feud between Hatfield’s and McCoy’s’ which he stated that his grandfather hunted squirrel.
Net Worth & Earnings
The net worth of Jim Varney is estimated to be over $15 million. The wealth has been generated from his career as an actor and a writer. He featured in very many films which had very good commercial sales and also performed in shows and concerts. This played a very big role in increasing his net worth.
In 1998, he experienced a very bad cough as a result of being a chain smoker. After being tested, he was found to have had lung cancer, and this even complicated his life. Despite the disease, he found the strength to continue shooting films as he underwent chemotherapy.