One of television’s most iconic stars, Ken Berry, most famous in the 1960s and 1970s for roles in Mayberry RFD, Mama’s Family, and F-Troop, has passed away at the age of 85-years-old. Reports indicate that Ken died yesterday, on the 1st of December, Saturday.
Jackie Joseph Lawrence, his former wife, posted the news of his death on Facebook and one of his old co-stars, Larry Storch, also wrote on the platform that they hope he knows how much everyone loved him. Ken was an immensely talented man who was featured in productions across several decades in the entertainment circuit.
Fans of Berry’s will remember his role on the Western situation comedy, F Troop, for approximately two years in the middle of the 1960s. It was a role which garnered him significant critical acclaim.
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On the show, Mama’s Family – a spin-off of the Carol Burnett Show – he portrayed Vinton Harper alongside Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Vicki Lawrence.
Running from 1983 until 1984, NBC ran two seasons. The show was later revived in syndication where it became a hit again and ran all the way until 1990.
Betty White appeared as Sam Jones on The Andy Griffith Show before going on to star in Mayberry RFD. Ken also appeared in comedy movies like The Cat From Outer Space and Herbie Rides Again, among others.
Some of his guest appearances were on CHiP’s, Fantasy Island, Love Boat, as well as The Golden Girls. Ken was born in Moline, Illinois, and started out as a singer and dancer and later went on to serve in the US Army Special Services under the Sergeant, Leonard Nimoy, and later won a spot on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Following his exit from the army, Nimoy helped him get into contact with big studios like Universal, and Ken later appeared in movie musicals. Berry worked with stars like Lucille Ball, as well as with Abbott and Costello.