Ron Lester and morbid obesity

His Start in Show Business

While he was still in high school, he got a job doing a commercial for Formula 409.  Their ad said “Living large ain’t always tidy.  That’s why Formula 409 cleaners pack serious grease-busting power.”  The picture of his huge body made that ad an overnight success and he made enough money to move to Los Angeles where he worked as a stand-up comedian.  There his massive obesity got him a role in the movie Good Burger, which led to his immortal role as Billy Bob in Varsity Blues.  The film was so successful that he was offered lots of acting jobs, all for characters who were morbidly obese.

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