Comedic actor who became known for portraying Ernest Worrell in the franchise based around the character. He also appeared in The Beverly Hillbillies and portrayed the role of Slinky in the Toy Story films.
He began acting in stage productions while attending Murray State University at age fifteen.
He won a 1989 Daytime Emmy Award for his role in Hey, Vern, It's Ernest!
He was married and divorced twice, to Jacqueline Drew and Jane Varney.
He voice acted with Tom Hanks in the 1995 animated film, Toy Story.