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Jimmy Dean


Big Poor John singer who turned acting professional, television sponsor, and businessman. He produced the Jimmy Dean sausage brand. He was an entertainer for america Air Pressure. He never finished senior high school. He offered puppeteer Jim Henson his 1st national media publicity around the Jimmy Dean Display. He was inducted posthumously in to the Nation Music Hall of Popularity this year 2010. He wedded his first wife Mary Sue at age 22. He previously three kids: Robert, Connie and Garry. He is at Gemstones are Forever, the 1971 Wayne Bond film with Sean Connery.

Quick Facts

Full Name Jimmy Dean
Date Of Birth August 10, 1928
Died June 13, 2010, Varina, Virginia, United States
Place Of Birth Plainview, TX
Height 1.91 m
Profession Entrepreneur
Nationality American
Spouse Donna Meade, Mary Sue Wittauer
Children Garry Dean, Robert Dean, Connie Dean
Parents George Otto Dean, Ruth Dean
Siblings Don Dean, Billy Dean
Awards Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording
Music Groups Asylum Street Spankers
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actor, BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor
Movies Big Bad John, The City, Rolling Man, Diamonds Are Forever, The Ballad of Andy Crocker, A Tribute to Chet Atkins, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, Muppets 201: Rarities From the Henson Vault
TV Shows J.J. Starbuck, Daniel Boone, The Jimmy Dean Show
Star Sign Leo

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1Jimmy Dean had the strange talent of being to fold his ear into a neat little ball, which would then pop out on its own after several seconds. He a demonstrated this "talent" at least once on his TV show.
2Lives in Varina, Virginia- just outside of Richmond. [October 2004]
3Release of his autobiography, "Jimmy Dean's Own Story: Thirty Years of Sausage, Fifty Years of Ham" by Jimmy and his wife, 'Donna Meade' Dean.
4During the run of his TV show, Dean was offered 40% ownership of Jim Henson's Muppets Inc., but he declined because that he felt he didn't have anything to do with Henson's work and it was unfair to profit from the puppeteer's labor.
5When his "Big Bad John" was first released, it ended with the words "at the bottom of this mine lies one hell of a man". It was changed on later releases to "at the bottom of this mine lies a big, big man".
6Several trivia and source books, including Billboard's Top Forty Book, mistakenly gave his birth name as Seth Ward. Actually, Seth Ward is the tiny unincorporated community outside Plainview where Dean was born.
7Was 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.
8In January 2004, was dismissed by the Sara Lee Corp. as product spokesman for Jimmy Dean Sausage, the very sausage he founded more than 30 years ago. The Chicago-based food products firm will retain the rights to Dean's name and likeness.
9Founded the Jimmy Dean Sausage Company in 1969 in his hometown of Plainview, Texas, and sold it in 1984 to the Sara Lee Corporation.
10Other major country hits in his career included "P.T. 109" (1962, based on the World War II sinking of John F. Kennedy's torpedo boat) and the million-selling ode of thanks to his mother, "I.O.U." (1976).
11Best known for his million-selling 1961 hit "Big Bad John"; the song topped both Billboard magazine's country and Hot 100 charts. On the Billboard country charts, Dean had one other No. 1 hit: 1965's "The First Thing Ev'ry Morning and the Last Thing Ev'ry Night".
12Country singer.
13Is the creator of Jimmy Dean Breakfast Foods (sausage, bacon, sandwiches, etc.).



Murder, She Wrote1990TV SeriesBobby Diamond
Big Bad John1990Cletus Morgan
J.J. Starbuck1987-1988TV SeriesCharlie Bullets
Fantasy Island1981-1982TV SeriesBeau Gillette / Charlie Rowlands
The City1977TV MovieWes Collins
Rolling Man1972TV MovieLyman Hawkes
Diamonds Are Forever1971Willard Whyte
Daniel Boone1967-1970TV SeriesJosh Clements / Jeremiah / Delo Jones
The Ballad of Andy Crocker1969TV MovieMack



Big John: The John Hartson Story2014TV Movie documentary performer: "Big Bad John" - uncredited / writer: "Big Bad John" - uncredited
Gila!2012TV Movie lyrics: "Little Black Book" / music: "Little Black Book" / performer: "Little Black Book"
My Name Is Earl2005TV Series performer - 1 episode
Hetty Wainthropp Investigates1998TV Series writer - 1 episode
Wilder Napalm1993performer: "Phfft! You Were Gone!"
Flirting1991writer: "Big Bad John"
Big Bad John1990performer: "Big Bad John" / writer: "Big Bad John"
Daniel Boone1968-1970TV Series performer - 6 episodes
The Jerry Lewis Show1968TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Ed Sullivan Show1967TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Jimmy Dean Show1963-1964TV Series performer - 5 episodes
The Patty Duke Show1963TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1959TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Jimmy Dean Show1959TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1957TV Series performer - 1 episode



Inside 'Diamonds Are Forever'2000Video documentary shortHimself / Willard White
Crook & Chase1999TV SeriesHimself
An All Star Salute to Country Music1990TV MovieHimself
Hee Haw1988TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host
Nashville on the Road1979TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
13th Annual Music City News Awards1979TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Mike Douglas Show1968-1978TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host / Himself - Vocalist / Actor / ...
The Merv Griffin Show1968-1976TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest / Himself - Singer
Dinah!1976TV SeriesHimself
Stand Up and Cheer1972TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Squares1971TV SeriesHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1971TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters1969-1970TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Singer
The Joey Bishop Show1968-1969TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest Host
Operation: Entertainment1968TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Kraft Music Hall1968TV SeriesHimself
Laugh-In1968TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1961-1968TV SeriesHimself - Singer
The Hollywood Palace1967-1968TV SeriesHimself - Singer
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1962-1967TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host / Himself - Guest / Himself
The Porter Wagoner Show1967TV SeriesHimself
The Andy Williams Show1966TV SeriesHimself
Hippodrome1966TV SeriesHimself - Host (show 7)
The Jimmy Dean Show1963-1966TV SeriesHimself - Host / Performer / Perfomer
Missing Links1964TV SeriesHimself
The Patty Duke Show1963TV SeriesHimself
The Jack Paar Program1963TV SeriesHimself
Talent Scouts1962TV SeriesHimself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host / Himself
The Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host / Himself / Himself - Country Vocalist
I've Got a Secret1962TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium1962TV SeriesHimself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1959TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Singer
The Jimmy Dean Show1957-1959TV SeriesHimself - Host
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1958TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Pat Boone-Chevy Showroom1958TV SeriesHimself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1957-1958TV SeriesHimself - Singer
The Big Record1957TV SeriesHimself
Town and Country Time1954TV SeriesHimself - Host / Singer / Accordionist

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards2011TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
Breakfast2010TV SeriesHimself - Actor
Muppets 201: Rarities from the Henson Vault2009DocumentaryHimself
CMT Greatest Moments: Dolly Parton2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Tootsie's Orchid Lounge: Where the Music Began2005VideoHimself
Great Performances1994TV SeriesHimself
The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years1986TV MovieHimself

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