John Cherry, Creator of Jim Varney’s Ernest, Dies at 73

May 8, 2022

Very sad news has just come in as veteran filmmaker John R. Cherry III has passed away. The creator of the Ernest P. Worrell character famously portrayed by late actor Jim Varney, Cherry had directed nearly every installment of the Ernest movie series which had undoubtedly left a big impact on pop culture. On the official Ernest Facebook page, a statement was posted announcing that Cherry had died on Sunday after a battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 73 years old.

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