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.
Lester in 2003
|Born||August 4, 1970|
Kennesaw, Georgia, U.S.
|Died||June 17, 2016 (aged 45)|
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Lester was born in Kennesaw, Georgia.
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 had 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.
Obese since childhood, at his heaviest Lester weighed 508 pounds (230 kg). In 2000, Lester underwent a gastric bypass surgery procedure called Roux-en-Y gastric bypass with a duodenal switch, losing 310 pounds (140 kg). During the procedure Lester flatlined during the operation. After the gastric bypass, he had 18 plastic surgeries to remove excess skin.
In November 2015, Lester was hospitalized due to issues with his liver and kidneys. In June 2016, he was reported to be in critical condition and in hospice care. 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.
|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|
|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|
|2013||I Think My Mom's Trying to Kill Me||Son||Also Associate Producer|
|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 (1996 TV series)||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"|
- Robinson, Will (17 June 2016). "Ron Lester, 'Varsity Blues' star, dies at 45". Entertainment Weekly.
- "Ron Lester, Actor Known for 'Varsity Blues,' Dies at 45". The New York Times. Reuters. 19 June 2016.
- Golianopoulos, Thomas (3 April 2014). "Billy Bob's Blues". Grantland.
- Robinson, Will (17 June 2016). "'Varsity Blues' actor Ron Lester in hospice care". Entertainment Weekly.
- "Ron Lester Online". Archived from the original on 1 February 2014.
- Ron Lester on IMDb
- Ron Lester - Find A Grave
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