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Ken Berry (1933 - 2018), star of the sitcom “F Troop”

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Also starred in “Mayberry R.F.D.,” and “Mama’s Family”

Ken Berry (1933 – 2018) starred in the sitcom “F Troop” in the 1960s. Berry played Captain Parmenter on the Western themed sitcom for two years. He had a recurring role on the last season of “The Andy Griffith Show” as widowed farmer Sam Jones. That character was spun off to star on “Mayberry R.F.D.,” which ran from 1968 until 1971.

Later in his career, he starred as Vinton Harper on the sitcom “Mama’s Family” with Vicki Lawrence and Betty White.

He was a frequent guest star on television and appeared in the Disney movie “Herbie Rides Again.”

A talented singer and dancer, he appeared in many musicals.

Berry was born in Moline, Illinois, serving in the Army in the special services division entertaining troops where his commanding officer was actor Leonard Nimoy. After his service, Nimoy encouraged Berry to go to Hollywood.

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Died: Saturday, December 1, 2018 (Who else died on December 1?)

Details of death: Died at the age of 85.


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What people said about him: “Dear friends. We are sad to let you know our beloved Captain, Mr Ken Berry passed away tonight. We just spoke with Jackie Joseph (wife) who confirmed the devastating news. We are at a true loss for words. Ken, we hope you know how much you were loved. Goodnight Captain. We miss you already.” – Actor Larry Storch who starred with Ken Berry on “F Troop”

“Ken Berry was a kind & wonderful man, and one of the most talented performers I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with. He could do anything. I adored working with him. I love you, Ken & I’ll miss you always.” – Actress Mitzi Gaynor

Full obituary: Los Angeles Times

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