Ken Berry, a television and theater actor best remembered as one of the stars in the series "F Troop" and "Mum's Family", died at the age of 85.
The Illinois born performer was discovered as a teenager as a dancer shortly before his deployment to the US Army. There he won a dance competition, which led to his TV debut. The remaining time in the military he spent as part of the Special Services and maintained the troops. A second talent competition led to an appearance in Ed Sullivan's "Toast of the Town" introduction, which earned him a contract with Universal. Getty Images ” class=”img-responsive”/>
Frank Gorshin, Carol Burnett, Ken Berry & Rock Hudson on "Carol & Company" in 1966
He appeared in Las Vegas and was part of "The Billy Barnes Revue, "which ended on Broadway and where he met his future wife Joseph.
Berry became a frequent television presence; He was a regular on "The Ann Sothern Show" (1960-1961), "Ensign O & Toole" (1962-1963), "Dr. Kildare" (1961-1964), "F Troop" (1965-1967) , "The Andy Griffith Show" (1968), "Mayberry, RFD" (1968-1971) and was the star of an episode of "The Brady Bunch" named "Kelly's Kids" (1974), a planned Spin-off that did not evolve.
Berry had a long association and friendship with Carol Burnett, on whose variety show he appeared 19 times between 1968 and 1978. He played Vinton Harper in the long-running series "Mama's Family", a spin-off of "Carol Burnett Show's" iconic "The Family" sketches, on which he appeared from 1983-1990.
As part of the cast "Mama's Family"
he also starred in the popular Disney films: "Herbie Rides Again" (1974) and "The Cat From Space" (1978).
Berry in an 1992 episode of "The Golden Girls" starring Betty White and Rue McClanahan
Berry's last screen work was nearly 20 years ago in the short-lived series "Maggie Winters" (1999).
Prior to his death, his son was preceded by Joseph, John, who died after a brain tumor hit in 2016. He is survived by their common daughter, Jennifer.