Justin Lloyd is Jim Varney’s nephew. He spent over five years researching and writing “The Importance of Being Ernest: The Life of Actor Jim Varney.” It is his first book. Justin lives with his family in Central Kentucky.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Ernest, the lovable blue-collar buffoon, was a staple of pop culture in countless commercials, movies and a Saturday-morning TV show. Jim Varney was the actor who portrayed the unforgettable homespun character. Jim's nephew, Justin Lloyd, traces Jim’s journey from a talented young actor in Kentucky to an iconic entertainment figure who gained worldwide stardom.