How Jim Varney Died: Cause of Death, Age at Death, and More!

Jim Varney reached the not so modest age of 50 years. Find out the cause of death and more exciting information regarding the death of this famous actor.

Biography - A Short Wiki

Jim Varney was an American comedian, actor, musician, voice artist, and producer who had a net worth of $12 million dollars. Jim is most widely known for his interpretation of Ernest P. Worrell which he played in several Ernest TV commercial campaigns and movies. His catchphrase “KnoWhutIMean, Vern?” went viral nationally almost the moment he uttered it. Additionally, he achieved recognition for his voice work as Slinky Dog in the first two “Toy Story” films. Varney’s other credits include the television series “Operation Petticoat” and “The Rousters,” and the films “The Beverly Hillbillies” and “Daddy and Them.”

How did Jim Varney die?

Jim Varney's death was caused by Lung Cancer.

He played Jed Clampett in a film adaptation of The Beverly Hillbillies (1993) and performed the voice of Slinky Dog in the first two films of the Toy Story franchise (1995–1999). He died at age 50 of lung cancer on February 10, 2000, leaving two posthumous releases, of Daddy and Them and Atlantis: The Lost Empire.

Information about the death of Jim Varney
Cause of deathLung Cancer
Age of death50 years
ProfessionActor, Comedian, Musician, Voice Actor, Writer
BirthdayJune 15, 1949
Death dateFebruary 10, 2000
Place of deathWhite House, Tennessee, United States
Place of burialThe Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Kentucky, United States


"I like to sing. I write music. Country songs. You have to if you're in Nashville. It's part of the lease. You sign a lease that says, I will write country songs and pay my rent on time."

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"I'd like to do a piece of Shakespeare. Any upcoming Shakespeare film. Just a bit to say I did a classic."

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"I started to do a study on how not to do stand-up comedy. Yeah, it's lonely work. You die, you die alone. It's you, the light, and the audience. If you win, you win big. If you lose, you lose big time."

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