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Jimmy Dean Bio, Net Worth, Songs, Death, Shows & More

Jimmy Dean (August 10, 1928 – June 13, 2010) was an American country music singer, television host, actor, and businessman. He was the creator of the Jimmy Dean sausage brand as well as the spokesman for its TV commercials. He became a national television personality starting on CBS in 1957. He rose to fame for his 1961 country music crossover hit into rock and roll with “Big Bad John” and his 1963 television series The Jimmy Dean Show, which gave puppeteer Jim Henson his first national media exposure.

His acting career included appearing in the early seasons in the Daniel Boone TV series as the sidekick of the famous frontiersman played by star Fess Parker. Later he was on the big screen in a supporting role as billionaire Willard Whyte in the James Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever (1971). He lived near Richmond, Virginia, and was nominated for the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010, though he died before his induction that year at the age of 81.

Jimmy Dean

Jimmy Dean

Jimmy Dean Bio/Wiki

Birth NameJames Dean
Nick NameJimmy Dean
Age81 Years
ReligionJimmy Dean was brought up in a Quaker household while living with his aunt and uncle in Fairmount. Additionally, his funeral service was held at a Quaker church house in Fairmount.
Sun Sign/Zodiac SignLeo
Birth PlacePlainview, TX
Date of BirthAugust 10, 1928
Died Age Jun 13, 2010 ( age 81)
NationalityTX
ResidenceNot Known
Home TownNot Known
HobbiesNot Known

Family

Mother's Name Mildred Marie (née Wilson) (Died from uterine cancer in 1940)
Father's Name Winton Arlando Dean (Farmer, Dental Technician, World War II Veteran)
BrotherNot Known
SisterNot Known
Grandfathers, Uncles & moreCharles Desco Dean (Paternal Grandfather), Emma J. Woolen/Woollen (Paternal Grandmother), John William Wilson (Maternal Grandfather), Minnie Mae/Mary Slaughter (Maternal Grandmother), Ethel Case (Step-mother), Ortense Winslow (Paternal Aunt), Marcus Winslow (Uncle) (Husband of Ortense), Marcus Winslow Jr. (Cousin Brother)

Girlfriends/Affairs

Affairs/GirlfriendsNot Known

Marital Status, Wife and Children

Wife/Spouse Not Known
Marriage DateNot Known
ChildrenNot Known

Education

SchoolNot Known
College/UniversityNot Known
Educational QualificationNot Known
ProfessionEntrepreneur
Brand Endorsements Jimmy Dean had done endorsement work for the following brands –
Pepsi-Cola (1950)
Sexy Hair (2016)
Jeep (Automobile brand) (2019)
Allan Gray (South African investment company)
Brands EndorsedNot Known
Career ManagerNot Known

Height, Weight, and Figure Measurements

Height (Approx.)5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
Weight (Approx.)63 kg or 139 lbs

Figure Measurements

Chest SizeNot Known
Hips SizeNot Known
Waist SizeNot Known

Extra Ordinary Features

Race / EthnicityWhite, Jimmy Dean had English, Scottish, Welsh, German, Irish, distant Dutch, and Native American ancestry.
Hair ColorLight Brown
Eye ColorBlue
S*xual OrientationJimmy Dean’s sexual orientation had always been shrouded in mystery. He frequently got involved with men and women; sometimes in the pursuit of experimentation, while at other times to further his career. His close friends and biographers have labeled him as being gay, heterosexual, bisexual, and omnisexual.
Dress SizeNot Known
Distinctive Features Squinty eyes, Chiseled jawline, Heavy smoker, His red jacket, white t-shirt, and blue denim jeans from Rebel Without a Cause
Shoe SizeNot Known

Favourite Things

Favourite Food Not Known
Favourite ActorsNot Known
Favourite ColorsNot Known
Favourite SportNot Known
ControversiesNot Known
Jimmy Dean Old Age

Jimmy Dean Old Age

Jimmy Dean Family, Education & More

Jimmy Dean was born in Plainview in Hale County in West Texas in 1928, the son of George Otto Dean, and his second wife, the former Ruth Taylor. Ruth taught Jimmy how to play the piano at a young age. He attributed his interest in music to the Seth Ward Baptist Church. He dropped out of high school and became a professional entertainer after serving in the United States Air Force in the late 1940s. Dean was 22 and just starting in show business when he married his first wife Mary Sue (Sue) in 1950.

Jimmy Dean studied at the Brentwood Public School in Los Angeles but soon, got enrolled at McKinley Elementary School in Santa Monica. After moving to Fairmount, he attended the Fairmount High School and graduated in 1949. He began taking classes in pre-law at the Santa Monica College after shifting to California to live with his father again. However, he transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for 1 semester and decided to major in Drama instead. Jimmy Dean pledged the Sigma Nu fraternity at UCLA but dropped out of college in 1951 before being initiated. He also learned method acting under the tutelage of Lee Strasberg at the historic Actors Studio in New York City.

Jimmy Dean Net Worth

Jimmy Dean estimated Net Worth, Salary, Income, Cars, Lifestyles & many more details have been updated below. Let’s check, How Rich is Jimmy Dean in 2019? According to Various Online resources, famous Entrepreneur, Jimmy Dean’s net worth is $114 Million before He died. He earned the money being a professional Entrepreneur. He is from TX.

Estimated Net Worth in 2020 (Approx)$1 Million - $5 Million (Approx.)
Estimated Net Worth in 2019(Approx)Under Review
Annual SalaryUnder Review
Income SourcePrimary Income source Entrepreneur (profession)
The Jimmy Dean Show

The Jimmy Dean Show

Jimmy Dean Girlfriends, Wife, and More

  • Beverly Wills – Dean began dating Beverly Wills, an actress with CBS Studios while studying at UCLA. The couple split up after Dean physically threatened a guy at a party for asking his girlfriend to dance.
  • Jeanette Lewis – Jeanette Lewis was Dean’s classmate at UCLA, whom he was also romancing.
  • William Bast – William Bast and James met while studying at UCLA and soon became roommates and close friends. Bast, a journalist, and author, also became his first biographer in 1956. In his tell-all Surviving James Dean (2006), Bast described his relationship with the actor in more detail reveals that the two often engaged in s**ual activities.
  • Barbara Glenn – James and Barbara Glenn dated for about 2 years while he was in college. The young couple regularly exchanged love letters, which ended up being sold at an auction for $36,000 in 2011.
  • Rogers Brackett – The 20-year-old Dean met radio director Rogers Brackett, 15 years his senior, during his struggling days. Dean moved into his apartment in Los Angeles and was financially looked after by Brackett. He even paid for Dean’s acting classes in New York and introduced the budding actor to industry heavyweights leading to his first film break. Dean was speculated to be his kept boy who provided s**ual favors in exchange for support in launching his movie career.
  • Elizabeth “Liz” Sheridan (1952) – Actress Liz Sheridan, best known for playing Jerry Seinfeld’s mother Helen on the sitcom Seinfeld, had reportedly dated James Dean in the past. According to her book, Dizzy & Jimmy: My Life with James Dean: A Love Story (2000), the two had a short-lived romance and were briefly engaged during his struggling days in New York City.
  • Alice Denham (1952) – Dean was said to have hooked up with glamor model Alice Denham in 1952.
  • Pier Angeli (1952-1953) – James first laid eyes on Italian actress Pier Angeli when she was shooting for The Silver Chalice (with co-star Paul Newman) on the adjacent Warner Bros. lot. The couple fell madly in love but Pier’s religious mother did not see James’s rebellious attitude and non-Catholic background as a fitting match for her daughter. Angeli eventually married singer Vic Damone and Italian composer Armando Trovajoli, however, both marriages ended in divorce. Before her death from a drug overdose in 1971, Angeli had reportedly admitted that Dean was the only true love of her life.
  • Betsy Palmer (1953) – James dated actress Betsy Palmer when the two actors worked together on the TV series Studio One in Hollywood in 1953.
  • Terry Moore (1954) – In 1954, Dean had a fling with actress Terry Moore, famous for starring in Come Back, Little Sheba (1952).
  • Marilyn Monroe – RUMOR
  • Mitzi McCall (1955) – Actress Mitzi McCall and James got involved with each other in 1955.
  • Sal Mineo (1955) – Sal Mineo starred as John “Plato” Crawford opposite James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause. Years later, Sal aroused speculation that they were lovers by stating that Jimmy was special to him.
  • Paul Newman – RUMOR
  • Marlon Brando – James was known to follow every move of his idol Marlon Brando, which irked The Godfather star no end. But, things got weird when reports speculated that the two were also lovers and had a torrid affair for years.
  • Rock Hudson (1955) – Actor Rock Hudson was allegedly one of Dean’s se**al conquests. According to reports, Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson (his co-stars from Giant) both had a bet on who could get Dean to sleep with them first. Hudson apparently won the bet. Hudson was known to be gay amongst his close friends in Hollywood but the larger public only found out about his s*@uality after his death from AIDS in 1985.
  • Ursula Andress (1955) – Towards the last months of his life, James was in a relationship with Swiss actress Ursula Andress. The two were spotted riding around Hollywood on his motorbike and Ursula accompanied James when he purchased his fatal Porsche 550 Spyder. Years later, Ursula became famous for playing Bond girl Honey Ryder in Dr. No (1962).
Jimmy Dean With His First Wife

Jimmy Dean With His First Wife

 

Facts About Jimmy

  • Jimmy Dean has died on Jun 13, 2010 ( age 81).
  • Birthday August 10, 1928.
  • Birth Sign Leo.
  • He gave puppeteer Jim Henson his first national media exposure on The Jimmy Dean Show. He was inducted posthumously into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010.

FAQ’s

How Much Was Jimmy Dean's Net Worth When He Died?
Net Worth: $50 Million
Who Owns Jimmy Dean Sausage Now?
Jimmy Dean Foods Is A Food Company That Was Founded In 1969 By Country Singer And Actor Jimmy Dean. It Was Purchased By Sara Lee, Which Then Divested As Part Of A Unit Known As Hillshire Brands, Which Was Later Purchased By Tyson Foods.
What Happened Jimmy Dean?
Dean Died At The Age Of 81, On June 13, 2010, At His Home In Varina, Virginia. He Was Survived By His Second Wife Donna. She told The Associated Press That Her Husband Had Some Health Problems But Was Still Functioning Well, So His Death Came As A Shock.<br />
Where Is Jimmy Dean Buried?
Jimmy Dean To Be Interred In Piano-shaped Mausoleum. Country Legend Jimmy Dean, Who Died Sunday At Age 81, Will Be Laid To Rest In A $350,000 Piano-shaped Granite Mausoleum That He Purchased Several Years Ago. The 9½-foot Long Tomb Is Located Near The Banks Of The James River On His Property In Varina, Va.
Is Billy Dean Related To Jimmy Dean?
Billy Dean Shares A Name With Another Famous Dean Who Made A Name In Country Music. Beyond That, There’s No Family Connection. “That Shows That You Can’t Trust Wikipedia,” Billy Dean Said About His Supposed Relationship To Jimmy Dean, Country Superstar And Founder Of Jimmy Dean Sausage Co. “I Knew Jimmy.

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