John R. Cherry III
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|John R. Cherry III|
October 11, 1948 |
|Other names||John Cherry|
|Occupation||Director, screenwriter, producer, actor|
|Known for||Ernest P. Worrell television commercials and movies|
John R. Cherry III is an American film director and screenwriter, most notable for directing movies starring Jim Varney as Ernest P. Worrell. He based the character on a man who worked for his dad who thought that he knew everything but did not know anything. His only appearances in "Ernest" films were Ernest Goes to Africa as a customer and Ernest in the Army as Sergeant Ben Kovsky.
He was the executive vice president of the Nashville-based Carden and Cherry advertising agency, for which the "Ernest" character was developed. He is currently the founder and Co-chairman of the board of "The National Fine Arts Title Registry".
He has 3 children: Josh and Emilie from a previous marriage and his son Chapman from his current marriage with Ruthie Cherry.
Cherry's son, Josh appeared in Ernest in the Army as Corporal Davis. As of 2011 Mr.Cherry was holding (Son Of Ernest Auditions for something big in 
- Son of Ernest Auditions with (Billy Crank) (2013)
- Pirates of the Plain (1999)
- The All New Adventures of Laurel & Hardy in 'For Love or Mummy' (1999)
- Ernest in the Army (1998)
- Ernest Goes to Africa (1997)
- Slam Dunk Ernest (video) (1995)
- Ernest Rides Again (1993)
- Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)
- Ernest Goes to Jail (1990)
- Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)
- Ernest Goes to Camp (1987)
- Hey, Vern, Win $10,000 (video) (1987)
- Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam (1986)
- The Ernest Film Festival (video) (1986)
- Knowhutimean? Hey Vern, It's My Family Album (video) (1983)
- "Varney: The Importance of Being Ernest". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 6, 2010.
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