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2) Jim Varney

He was known simply as “Ernest” and starred in numerous television campaigns and movies. His films Ernest Goes to Camp, Ernest Scared Stupid and Ernest Goes to School became cult classics and the character became a standard for “lovable, but dumb”. Although he appeared to be in good health, Varney was a chain smoker and succumbed to lung cancer on February 10, 2000.