Moline, Illinois, USA
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F Troop, Mama`s Family
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Ken Berry (born Kenneth Ronald Berry; November 3, 1933 – December 1, 2018) was an American dancer, and comedic actor. Berry began his career as a dancer and went on to star in 1960s sitcoms. Berry was born in Moline, Illinois. While in the Army, he made his television debut on Arlene Francis` Soldier Parade. Winning the all-army talent contest led to a spot on Ed Sullivan`s Toast of the Town (which later evolved into The Ed Sullivan Show). Berry`s army sergeant was Leonard Nimoy, who urged the performer to return to California for television auditions. After leaving the service, Berry got a career boost performing with the Billy Barnes Revues in the 1950s and early 1960s, where he met his future wife, actress Jackie Joseph. The couple was wed from May 29, 1960, until 1977 and adopted two children. In the late 1950s, Berry appeared as a hotel bellhop named "Woody" in CBS`s The Ann Sothern Show. In the 1960-1961 season, he guest starred with Pat O`Brien on ABC`s sicom, Harrigan and Son. Being cast as a semi-regular doctor on NBC`s Dr. Kildare and as a choreographer on an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show (Ann Morgan Guilbert, who played Millie Helper was also a Billy Barnes Revue alum), gave him the visibility he needed with Hollywood producers. Berry then went on to portray the television characters of Captain Wilton Parmenter on ABC`s F Troop, Sam Jones on the final season of The Andy Griffith Show and spinoff series Mayberry R.F.D. and Vinton Harper on Mama`s Family.
After Mama`s Family ended, Berry continued to perform/tour for a few more years in stage shows such as George M! and The Music Man. In 2002, veteran actress Betty White (who played his sister Ellen on "Mama`s Family") said of Berry, "I`m a great Ken Berry booster. He is one of the most versatile, yet personable talents I`ve known".
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Kenneth Ronald Berry
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Kenneth Ronald Berry (November 3, 1933 â€“ December 1, 2018) was an American actor, dancer and singer. Berry starred on the television series F Troop, The Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry R.F.D. and Mama's Family. He also appeared on Broadway in The Billy Barnes Revue, has headlined as George M. Cohan in the musical George M! and provided comic relief for the medical drama Dr. Kildare, with Richard Chamberlain in the 1960s.
Actor, dancer, singer
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Burbank, California, USA
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