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Meeting Actor Jim Varney (1949-2000) and the Top Ten "Ernest" Movies
Jim Varney was a classic comedy film icon.
With meager beginnings, he was adored by his fans and this shows in the way he portrayed himself around them. I was able to see him in person at the premiere of his very first feature movie in 1986.
Prior to the movie beginning, I was able to take some really funny photos of Varney and one in particular below, shows he he adored his fans.
Like many comedy greats, Varney left us early so I am dedicating this website to him and his legion of fans, of which I am one. I have included the top ten selling movies by Varney in this website for you to preview and purchase, if you would like to own them in your collection.
Please take your time to visit and participate in this website.
Thank you for your time and for visiting the site of this incredible comic genius!
"Stupid is as stupid does."
Photo I took of Jim Varney with an Enamored Fan
Ernest P is not Ernest T!
Jim Varney was from Kentucky. I was fortunate to see his first movie, "Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam" at the premiere in Kentucky, in 1986.
Varney was there and did some photo shots and public appearances. I took the photos on this website at that event.
Jim Varney was a cult icon, even before he hit the big screen. He was on commercials for various products, one below is to advertise for "Hogan's Heroes." I remember most of the commercials in my Ohio area for milk and dairy products.
The "Ernest P. Worrell" character was actually created by his partner, John Cherry. He pitched the idea to Varney, who took it from there.
Varney was a creative genius along the same vein as Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) and Cyndi Lauper. They all used their uncanny ability to come up with alter-egos and were very successful at it. Varney was actually near genius level in IQ, despite how he acted on film. His character name had nothing to do with the character, "Ernest T. Bass" on the Andy Griffith Show.
The concept of "Vern" was originally created because of budget. It was cheaper for someone to hold a camera than to have another actor and it allowed Varney to use his creativity in his ad-lib.
Ernest used various phrases that are still around today. I still hear people say, "Hey Vern" on occasion and "KnowhutImean?" "KnowhutImean" was actually coined after one of Varney's cohorts visited Oklahoma and heard someone say, "Golly Bob Howdy".
Varney starred in quite a few films and even had his own television show. He was also the voice of a character in Toy Story and Toy Story 2.
Being a heavy smoker, Varney developed lung cancer and passed away at the age of 51. He is missed by millions of his fans but his presence lives on in his films.
Ernest Commercial for Hogan's Heroes - Not a movie, but this is how I remember Jim Varney the best!
Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)
This is truly a silly movie.
Ernest accidentally unleashes a demon and then is rendered "stupid" and can't do anything about it. Find out what happens. If you love Ernest, you will love this one.
Ernest Scared Stupid - Opening Credits with a Frightened Ernest
Ernest Scared Stupid Poll
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Ernest Goes to Jail (1990)
Ernest is framed and sent to jail because he resembles a crime boss.
I think this one is cleverly done and has a lot of really funny parts. A good family movie.
Scenes from Ernest Goes to Jail
Ernest Goes to Jail Poll
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Ernest Goes to Camp (1987)
This is one of my favorites and has a very funny clip with para-trooping turtles. You can see it below.
Ernest is a maintenance man at a camp and then becomes a counselor for juvenile delinquents. Full of action and a good movie if you are feeling down! It will make you laugh!
Ernest Goes to Camp - Turtle Paratroopers
Ernest Goes to Camp Poll
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Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)
Ernest saves the day again; this time it is Christmas Day.
He is recruited to help Santa Claus save Christmas. This one has some cool effects in it. A must see!
This usually sells out around the holidays so get your copy in advance!
Funny Scene from Ernest Saves Christmas
Ernest Saves Christmas Poll
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Ernest Rides Again (1993)
This is one of the more believable "Ernest" films and has a believable plot and fun chase scene.
Good wholesome, fun, family entertainment. Some consider this his best film. Watch it for yourself and please let us know what you think!
Opening Sequences of Ernest Rides Again
Ernest Rides Again Poll
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Ernest Goes to School (1994)
Another highly-rated "Ernest" film. One of the funniest.
Ernest finally gets his diploma and also is a band musician. You can't miss the non-stop action in this one. A laugh riot from beginning to end.
Wrestling Scene from Ernest Goes to School
Ernest Goes to School Poll
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Ernest Goes to Africa (1997)
Part of this one is believable and part is not. This one reminded me of a cheaply budgeted "Three Stooges" movie but it was worth a few laughs.
Ernest falls in love and ends up in Africa. Treasure is involved but I won't give away the plot!
A Funny Scene from Ernest Goes to Africa
Ernest Goes to Africa Poll
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Ernest in the Army (1998)
Another highly-recommended bunch of buffoonery!
Ernest enlists in the Army and tries his hand at boot camp. You can imagine what follows. This film is one of Varney's higher-rated selections in the "Ernest" category.
Trailer from Ernest in the Army
Ernest in the Army Poll
What were your thoughts of "Ernest in the Army?"
Hey, Vern, It's Ernest! (1988)
"Hey Vern, It's Ernest" is a compilation of segments of Jim Varney's television show starring "Vern."
It has short clips, designed at keeping your attention. I have watched several of these and they are really funny. I don't remember this being on television or I would've watched it.
"It's Pets" from Hey Vern, it's Ernest
Hey Vern, It's Ernest! Poll
Did you enjoy "Hey Vern, It's Ernest!?"
Slam Dunk Ernest (1995)
This one is also very funny.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar helps Ernest play like a superstar with the help of some magic shoes. Not sure if they were designed by Michael Jordan.