Jimmy Dean, singer, actor
Singer ~ Actor
birth name: Jimmy Ray Dean

Jimmy Dean

August 10, 1928, Plainview, TX ~ June 13, 2010, Varina, VA

His father floated in and out of Jimmy's early life, once slaughtering the young boy's pet goat in order to put food on the table. His mother sewed clothes for Dean and his siblings using sugar sacks-clothes that brought Dean heavy ridicule from his peers. Dean later credited this hard-knock upbringing with giving him his entrepreneurial spirit, and burning desire to succeed. “I think the kids in school that laughed at the clothes that we wore and the house that we lived in and then my mother had to cut hair. I think that was a good motivator,” Dean later told reporters. “Every time they laughed at me, they just built a fire and there was only one way to put it out - to try and show 'em I was as good as they were.” ~ Biography.com: Jimmy Dean ~ retrieved January 21, 2016 © Biography.com

When he sang or recited a song - he had big hits doing both - fans believed him, and that’s that. ~ Bluegrass Special: Jimmy Dean Obtuary ~ July 2010 © Bluegrass Special

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He began singing early on, and his mother taught him to play his first chord on the piano when he was 10. He later taught himself to play the harmonica, guitar and accordion. Dropping out of high school at 16, he joined the Merchant Marine and later served in the Air Force. While stationed at a base in Washington, D.C., Dean and three other airmen formed a country music quartet that played local honkytonks. After his discharge in 1948, Dean formed the Texas Wildcats. He began developing a following with a show on an Arlington, Va., radio station and had his first country top 10 hit, Bumming Around, in 1953. ~ New York Times: Jimmy Dean Obtuary ~ June 14, 2010 © New York Times

Was working at the Desert Inn hotel when he was cast as Willard Whyte in Diamonds Are Forever (1971). Whyte was clearly modeled after Howard Hughes, who owned the Desert Inn and was therefore, by extension, Dean's employer at the time. ~ IMDb: Jimmy Dean ~ July 15, 2010 © IMDb

Jimmy Dean ~ Inducted in the 1997 Virginia Country Music Hall Of Fame.

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