Lester in 2003
|Born||August 4, 1970|
Kennesaw, Georgia, U.S.
|Died||June 17, 2016 (aged 45)|
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Life and career
Lester was born in Kennesaw, Georgia. His first acting role came when he went to Atlanta, Georgia, to appear as an extra in a commercial, which turned into a feature part. He appeared in a music video for the band Little Texas.
Lester moved to Los Angeles and began doing stand-up comedy in comedy clubs. His first film role was in the movie Good Burger in 1997. In 1999 Lester played the role of Billy Bob in the film Varsity Blues, which would become the role he is most known for. That year he also had a recurring role on the TV comedy Freaks and Geeks. He also appeared in Not Another Teen Movie, which parodied his role in Varsity Blues.
In 2001, Lester underwent gastric bypass surgery, losing 348 pounds (158 kg). Obese since childhood, at his heaviest, he weighed 508 pounds (230 kg). According to interviews, he flatlined during the operation. After the gastric bypass, he had 18 plastic surgeries to remove excess skin.
|1997||Good Burger||Spatch||Film debut|
|1999||Varsity Blues||Billy Bob, #69|
|1999||Dill Scallion||Earl Langston|
|2001||Not Another Teen Movie||Reggie Ray||Spoof of his role as Billy Bob in Varsity Blues|
|2010||The Fat Boy Chronicles||Dr. Jeffords||Also co-Executive Producer|
|2015||Racing Legacy||Roger Hardwick||Also Writer, Director and Executive Producer|
|2017||Bomb City||Coach Kaz||Filming, final role|
|2013||I Think My Mom's Trying to Kill Me||Son||Also Associate Producer|
|1999||Cousin Skeeter||Kung Fu Dermatologist||Episode: "Kung Fu Dermatologist"|
|1999–2000||Freaks and Geeks||Seidleman||Episodes: "Pilot", "Looks and Books", and "Noshing and Moshing"|
|1999–2001||Popular||Michael 'Sugar Daddy' Bernardino||43 episodes|
|2001||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Wally||Episodes: "Really Big Season Opener" (uncredited) and "Humble Pie"|
|2005||The Karate Dog||Edward Cage||TV movie|
|2005||CSI: NY||Officer Murphy||Episode: "Dancing with the Fishes"|
- A 'Varsity Blues' Star's Dramatic Weight Loss ETOnline.com. May 2004. Accessed 19 July 2008.
- Varsity Blues actor Ron Lester in hospice care ETOnline.com. June 2016. Accessed 18 June 2016.
- Ron Lester, Varsity Blues star, dies at 45
- Siegel, Melissa (17 June 2016). "Ron Lester Dead at age 45". Hollywood Take. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
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