Ken Berry

Ken Berry

Highest Rated: 80% Herbie Rides Again (1974)

Lowest Rated: 67% The Cat From Outer Space (1978)

Birthday: Nov 03, 1933

Birthplace: Moline, Illinois, USA

American actor and dancer Ken Berry used his wholesome looks to carve out a lasting place in pop culture with his roles in the sitcoms "F Troop" (ABC, 1965-67) and "Mama's Family" (NBC/Syndicated, 1983-90). A native of Moline, Illinois, he began taking tap dance lessons as a teenager, and toured with a big band show. Later, he served in the Army alongside actor Leonard Nimoy, who helped him make contacts within the entertainment industry. After winning a military talent competition, he was invited to appear on Ed Sullivan's "The Toast of the Town" (CBS, 1948-55). Initially, he concentrated on stage performing, appearing on Broadway and as the opening act for Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. He made his television debut as a professional on "The Chevy Showroom" (ABC, 1957-60), before landing recurring roles on "The Ann Sothern Show" (CBS, 1958-61) and "Dr. Kildare" (NBC, 1961-66). In the mid-'60s he graduated to series lead with the role of Captain Wilton Parmenter on the Western comedy "F Troop." That character's good-natured earnestness would provide the template for most of Berry's remaining career. He replaced Andy Griffith when the star left his eponymous show, playing Sam Jones on the spinoff "Mayberry, RFD" (CBS, 1968-71). His background as a song-and-dance man made his a sought after guest on variety shows, most especially "The Carol Burnett Show" (CBS, 1967-1978). The actor also hosted his own short-lived variety show, "The Ken Berry 'Wow' Show" (CBS, 1972). Beyond variety, Berry also made frequent guest appearances on shows like "Love, American Style" (ABC, 1969-74) and "Fantasy Island" (ABC, 1978-84). On film, he appeared in the Disney films "Herbie Rides Again" (1974) and "The Cat from Outer Space" (1978). His time on Burnett's show proved fruitful later when he was cast as Vinton Harper on "Mama's Family." Based on a long-running sketch from "The Carol Burnett Show," the sitcom had Berry playing the son of Vicki Lawrence's acerbic "Mama" character. After the sitcom ended, the actor largely scaled back. He made a guest appearance on "The Golden Girls" (NBC, 1984-92) and his last on screen acting role was in the short-lived sitcom "Maggie Winters" (CBS, 1998-99). Berry passed away in Burbank, California on December 1, 2018 at the age of 85.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Eunice Phillip (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Peter-No-Tail Unknown (Voice) - 1981
67% 59% The Cat From Outer Space Frank (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mountain Man Unknown (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Guardian of the Wilderness Zachary Moore (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Love Boat II Jim Berkley (Character) - 1977
80% 53% Herbie Rides Again Willoughby Whitfield (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Letters From Three Lovers Jack (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Every Man Needs One David Chase (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Reluctant Heroes Lt. Parnell Murphy (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 57% Hello Down There Mel Cheever (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wake Me When the War Is Over Lt. Roger Carrington (Character) - 1969

TV

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No Score Yet No Score Yet Maggie Winters Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet 95% The Golden Girls Thor Anderson (Guest Star) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mama's Family Vinton Harper (Character) 1986-1990 1983-1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gimme a Break Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1978-1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Walt Disney's Disneyland Willoughby Whitfield (Character) 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Eight Is Enough Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet CHiPs Unknown (Guest Star) 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie London (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Carol Burnett Show Guest 1976-1978 1968-1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams Will Boker (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tattletales Guest 1974-1975
78% No Score Yet The Brady Bunch Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour Guest 1971-1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mayberry R.F.D. Sam Jones (Character) 1968-1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show Sam Jones (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lucy Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet F Troop Capt. Wilton Parmenter (Character) 1965-1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hazel Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show Tony Daniels (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
1961-1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Combat! Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ann Sothern Show Woody (Character) 1958-1961

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