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What was Jim Varney’s Net Worth at Death (2000)?

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.”

Jim Varney Wealth Stats: Salary, Net Worth, and More

Jim Varney's net worth, salary and other interesting facts:

Jim Varney Wealth Info
Net Worth$12 Million
Date of BirthJune 15, 1949 - February 10, 2000 (age 50 years)
Height6 Feet (1.85 m)
ProfessionActor, Comedian, Musician, Voice Actor, Writer


Jim Varney was born on June 15, 1949 in Lexington, Kentucky. Early on, he exhibited a facility with memorization and performance, and would imitate the characters in the cartoon programs his mother showed him. To nurture this skill, Varney was enrolled in a children’s theater at the age of eight. Later, as a student at Lafayette High School, he participated in stage productions and won multiple drama competition state titles. By the age of 17, Varney was performing professionally at coffee houses and nightclubs. He went on to study Shakespeare at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia, and later performed at the Pioneer Playhouse in Danville, Kentucky. Varney’s credits at the time included productions of “Blithe Spirit” and “Boeing 707,” as well as the original musical “Fire on the Mountain.”

Personal Life

In 1977, Varney married his first wife, Jacqueline Drew; they divorced in 1983. Five years later, he wed Jane, whom he eventually divorced in 1991.

Inspirational Quotes by Jim Varney

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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