John R. Cherry III

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John R. Cherry III
Born (1948-10-11) October 11, 1948 (age 69)
Nashville, Tennessee
Nationality American
Other names John Cherry
Occupation Director, screenwriter, producer, actor
Years active 1972–present
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.[1] 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"[citation needed].

A native of Nashville, Cherry attended the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. He currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife.

He has 3 children: Josh and Emilie from a previous marriage and his son Chapman from his current marriage with Ruthie Cherry.[citation needed]

Cherry's son, Josh appeared in Ernest in the Army as Corporal Davis.



  1. ^ "Varney: The Importance of Being Ernest". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 6, 2010. 

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