Tom Lester Dies: ‘Green Acres’ Actor Was 81

21 Avril, 2020, 16:09 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
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Tom Lester, a MS native and actor best known for his role on the sitcom "Green Acres", has died. Lester, who was 81, was the last surviving actor of the original Green Acres cast.

His death was confirmed by his brother Michael on Facebook and in local media reports.

Lester was born in Laurel on September 23, 1938. After graduating high school and earning a chemistry and biology B.S. degree at the University of Mississippi, Lester followed his dreams by leaving for Los Angeles to become a famous actor. He was best known for playing Eb Dawson on the late 60s and early 70s television series "Green Acres".

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Along with starring as the young farmhand on the show for all 6 seasons, Lester appeared on its sister series "Petticoat Junction" and also had a few crossover guest spots as Eb on "The Beverly Hillbillies". Lester and co-star Eddie Albert, who played lawyer Oliver Wendell Douglas on the show, formed a tight-knit friendship and he often referred to Albert as his "surrogate father". He also had roles in 1974's Benji and 1994's Gordy, eventually returning to MS where he lived on a farm in Jasper County and devoted himself to his Christian faith. Lester travelled the country to speak to religious gatherings and youth groups about Christianity.

In his later years, he spent time on his farm in Jasper County, Mississippi, where in 1997 he was a recipient of the state's "Wildlife Farmer of the Year" award, writes Variety. According to TMZ, Lester died of complications from Parkinson's Disease on Monday morning at the Nashville, Tennessee home of his fiancee and long-term caregiver, Jackie Peters.

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