Tom Lester Wiki – Tom Lester Bio
Tom Lester was born in Laurel, Mississippi. he was an American actor and evangelist, best known for his role as Eb Dawson, farmhand to Oliver Wendell Douglas (played by Eddie Albert) on the television series Green Acres. He appeared in two feature animal films, Gordy and Benji. He passed away in the Nashville home of his fiancée and long-term caregiver Jackie Peters, according to TMZ.
Tom Lester Age
He was 81 years old.
Tom Lester Education
Tom Lester After graduating from Laurel High School, she attended the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi, where she received a B.S. Bachelor of Chemistry and Biology. He briefly attended graduate school at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, but acting became his primary interest. After college, he taught at the Purcell, Oklahoma school, but went to Los Angeles. At age 20, he attended First Baptist Church in Beverly Hills, California.
Tom Lester Death & Cause
He died of complications from Parkinson’s disease in the Nashville home of his fiancée and long-term caregiver Jackie Peters on Monday, Mississippi’s Laurel Leader-Call reported. His brother Michael Lester did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Tom Lester Career
After moving to Hollywood, Lester met actress Lurene Tuttle, who became her friend and coach. She suggested that he start working at Little Theater, which he did, acting in showcases at the North Hollywood Playhouse. In the early 1960s, Lester acted in a play with CBS producer Paul Henning’s daughter, Linda Kaye Henning (Betty Jo Bradley from Petticoat Junction), and Lester soon found himself auditioning for the role of Eb Dawson in Green Acres. Lester beat out 400 other actors to portray the character after a screen test. He got the role because he was the only one who could milk a cow in real life since he grew up on a farm in Mississippi. His recurring role soon became a regular character due to the popularity of the character and the show, making Lester a household name. Green Acres was the 11th program in its first season from 1965-66, according to Nielsen’s rankings, rose to # 6 in 1966-67, and was # 16 and # 19, respectively, the following two seasons.
As the Green Acres characters also appeared in episodes of two other CBS series – Petticoat Junction and The Beverly Hillbillies – Lester, such as Eb Dawson, she also appeared occasionally on those shows. Even during the height of Green Acres’ popularity, Lester lived in a small apartment above a garage in the San Fernando Valley. Each year during the program’s summer break, he traveled the country and spoke at churches, youth rallies, and revival meetings, and at one point was part of the Rev. Billy Graham’s organization. Lester appeared in almost every Green Acres episode between 1965-1971, with the exception of the first half in the 1967-68 season when he suffered mononucleosis. The explanation for the program for Eb’s absence was that he had eloped and was on his honeymoon. After six seasons, Green Acres was canceled in 1971 as part of the CBS “rural purge”.
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