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Ron Lester (August 4, 1970 – June 17, 2016) was an American actor. He was best known for his roles in the films Varsity Blues, Not Another Teen Movie, Good Burger, and the television series Popular.

Ron Lester
Lester in 2003
Born(1970-08-04)August 4, 1970
DiedJune 17, 2016(2016-06-17) (aged 45)
Years active1997–2016

Life and careerEdit

Lester was born in Kennesaw, Georgia. His first acting role came when he went to Atlanta, Georgia, to appear as an extra in a commercial, which turned into a feature part. He appeared in a music video for the band Little Texas.

Lester moved to Los Angeles and began doing stand-up comedy in comedy clubs. His first film role was in the movie Good Burger in 1997. In 1999 Lester played the role of Billy Bob in the film Varsity Blues, which would become the role he is most known for. That year he also recurring roles on two TV drama comedies, Freaks and Geeks and Popular. He also appeared in Not Another Teen Movie, which parodied his role in Varsity Blues.

In 2001, Lester underwent gastric bypass surgery, losing 348 pounds (158 kg).[1] Obese since childhood, at his heaviest, he weighed 508 pounds (230 kg).[1] According to interviews, he flatlined during the operation.[1] After the gastric bypass, he had 18 plastic surgeries to remove excess skin.[1]

In November 2015, Lester was hospitalized due to issues with his liver and kidneys. He was reported to be in critical condition in June 2016 and was in hospice care.[2]


At 9:00 PM on June 17, 2016, Lester died of liver and kidney failure shortly after his family requested that he be taken off life support. He was 45 years old.[3][4]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Good Burger Spatch Film debut
1999 Varsity Blues Billy Bob, #69
1999 Dill Scallion Earl Langston
2001 Not Another Teen Movie Reggie Ray Spoof of his role as Billy Bob in Varsity Blues
2002 The Greenskeeper Styles
2010 The Fat Boy Chronicles Dr. Jeffords Also co-Executive Producer
2015 Racing Legacy Roger Hardwick Also Writer, Director and Executive Producer
2017 Bomb City Coach Kaz Filming, final role

Short filmsEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Drum Solo
2013 I Think My Mom's Trying to Kill Me Son Also Associate Producer


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Cousin Skeeter Kung Fu Dermatologist Episode: "Kung Fu Dermatologist"
1999–2000 Freaks and Geeks Seidleman Episodes: "Pilot", "Looks and Books", and "Noshing and Moshing"
1999–2001 Popular Michael 'Sugar Daddy' Bernardino 43 episodes
2001 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Wally Episodes: "Really Big Season Opener" (uncredited) and "Humble Pie"
2005 The Karate Dog Edward Cage TV movie
2005 CSI: NY Officer Murphy Episode: "Dancing with the Fishes"


  1. ^ a b c d A 'Varsity Blues' Star's Dramatic Weight Loss May 2004. Accessed 19 July 2008.
  2. ^ Varsity Blues actor Ron Lester in hospice care June 2016. Accessed 18 June 2016.
  3. ^ Ron Lester, Varsity Blues star, dies at 45
  4. ^ Siegel, Melissa (17 June 2016). "Ron Lester Dead at age 45". Hollywood Take. Retrieved 18 June 2016.

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