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Tom Lester

Actor Tom Lester

Profession: Actor

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Lester was best known for his role as Eb Dawson on "Green Acres."

He is said to have won this role against 400 other applicants because Dawson was a farmhand and he was the only applicant that knew how to milk a cow, having grown up on a farm in Mississippi.

Thanks to this role, which became regular because of his popular performance, Lester soon became a household name.

Ultimately "Green Acres" was cancelled in 1971, falling victim to the "rural purge" in which many American networks cut rural themes from their programming.

Born: September 23, 1938
Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Libra

Died: April 20, 2020 (aged 81)
Cause of Death: Complications related to Parkinson's disease

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