Green Acres star Tom Lester died at 81 after suffering from complications from Parkinson’s disease.
The actor died at the Nashville home of longtime fiancée and caregiver Jackie on Monday morning, reports TMZ.
From 1965 to 1971, Lester played on the Eb Dawson farm in the hit sitcom Green Acres.
Green Acres star Tom Lester dies at 81 after complications from Parkinson’s disease
Lester was the last surviving regular actor to Green Acres, who followed a couple moving from New York to a farm.
In addition to Green Acres, Lester played Eb in the Petticoat Junction and The Beverly Hillbillies.
In addition to his long-standing role in Green Acres, Lester has appeared on a number of other blockbuster shows, including Little House on the Prairie, Knight Rider and the soap opera Santa Barbara.
Lester was also on the big screen.
He played Riley in Benji, the film about the heroic stray dog, and also appeared in the 1994 comedy about a talking pig, Gordy.
Hit show: From 1965 to 1971, Lester played the role of farmer Eb Dawson in the sitcom Green Acres
Most recently, he starred in the 2014 Campin ‘Buddies, which follows the frolics of two“ backwoods amigos ”.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Lester became a born-again Christian at the age of 10 and continued to enjoy life on the farm in his later years, even winning the title of Farmer of the Year in 1997.
Originally from Laurel, Mississippi, where he grew up on his grandfather’s farm, Lester had big dreams for Hollywood.
But not everyone in town thought they could do it.
Legacy: Lester was the last surviving regular actor to Green Acres, who followed a couple moving from New York and to a farm
“I told them I was going to Hollywood to be an actor and they all said,” You’re crazy, “he recalls in an interview with Faith Forward.
“You can never do that. You are too tall, too skinny, too ugly. You have a southern accent and you will never succeed in the world of cinema. You don’t look like Rock Hudson.
Critics discouraged him from traveling to Los Angeles.
Making it big: Lester finally moved to Los Angeles and beat 400 other actors for the role of Eb on Green Acres
He put his acting dreams aside and went to college to become a doctor.
Lester was finally persuaded to follow his dreams after reading an article about Don Knotts, who did not let his appearance hinder a showbiz career.
“I read an article when they asked Don Knotts who was Barney Fife in The Andy Griffith Show,” How the hell did you get into the movies? Because he was nothing like Rock Hudson. And he said, “I think everyone in Hollywood was handsome and had a good physique. I think they needed someone a little different. “And he was,” he said.
Lester eventually moved to Los Angeles and beat 400 other actors for the role of Eb on Green Acres.
Lights, camera, action: Tom starred in the 1994 movie about a talking pig, Gordy