Ron Lester

Actor, Stand-up comedian, Rodeo rider
A familiar face to younger audiences due to roles in such high school-set favorites as "Varsity Blues" (1999) and the series "Popular" (The WB, 1999-2001), actor Ron Lester has worked in various capacities in the ... Read more »
Born: 08/03/1970 in Kennesaw, Georgia, USA

Filmography

Actor (9)

CSI: New York 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Karate Dog 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Not Another Teen Movie 2001 (Movie)

Reggie Ray (Actor)

Popular 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2000 Teen Choice Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Dill Scallion 1999 (Movie)

Earl Langston (Actor)

Varsity Blues 1999 (Movie)

Billy Bob (Actor)

Good Burger 1997 (Movie)

Spatch (Actor)

Biography

A familiar face to younger audiences due to roles in such high school-set favorites as "Varsity Blues" (1999) and the series "Popular" (The WB, 1999-2001), actor Ron Lester has worked in various capacities in the entertainment business, from rodeo rider to stand-up comedian. A hefty performer, with close-cropped hair and a natural exuberance, he made his film debut as the aptly-named fast-food chef Spatch in the wacky children's comedy feature "Good Burger" (1997), directed by Brian Robbins. The helmer tapped Lester to co-star in his next feature, the football-themed drama "Varsity Blues". Here Lester was impressive as the fun-loving, hard-drinking Billy Bob, a gregarious linebacker who suffers greatly at the hands of his brutally demanding coach (Jon Voight). The film proved a good showcase for Lester's talents, giving him opportunity to scale emotional highs and lows, going from a partying star football player to a demoralized and debilitated broken man. In real life, the rigorous scenes on the field left Lester with a dislocated knee.<p>Although the actor was nearing his mid-20s, he was cast in further high school-set projects, taking a recurring role on NBC's "Freaks and Geeks" and starring as a regular on The WB's "Popular". The latter featured Lester as Mike Bernadino, a high school student in the "in crowd" who was a school athlete as well as an aspiring rapper. Nicknamed 'Sugar Daddy', the character could be as sweet as his moniker suggested, but also had a mean streak, tormenting the have-nots when he felt insecure in his own social standing. Lester managed to keep the hip-hop wannabe character from becoming a farce, especially excelling in episodes that explored Sugar Daddy on an emotional plane. Situations like the character's expulsion from the wrestling team because of excess weight, his disappointment at being stood up by his partner in an Internet romance and his confusion over the battling affections of Nicole (Tammy Lynn Michaels) and Mary (Leslie Grossman) showcased Lester's abilities and won over the audience. In 2000, "Popular" won a Teen Choice Award and Lester's enthusiasm was among the more memorable moments in the televised ceremony.

EDUCATION

North Cobb High School

Milestones

1999

Acted in the mockumentary "Dill Scallion", chronicling the life of a fictional country singer

1999

Had a recurring guest role on "Freaks and Geeks"

1999

Co-starred as high school football player Billy Bob in Robbins' "Varsity Blues"

1997

Featured in the children's comedy film "Good Burger", directed by Brian Robbins

Played Mike 'Sugar Daddy' Bernadino, a high school wrestler and aspiring hip-hop star in The WB's teen comedy-drama "Popular"

Rode in local rodeos in Georgia

Raised in Kennesaw, Georgia

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