Ken Berry, a popular US TV actor in the 1960s and ’70s who starred in F-Troop, has died. He was 85.
His former wife, actress Jackie Joseph-Lawrence posted the news on Facebook.
F-Troop co-star Larry Storch wrote on Facebook, “We hope you know how much you were loved. Goodnight Captain.”
R.I.P. Ken Berry pic.twitter.com/zYWaEL6IgS
— StevefromFL’stoupee (@bobos__toupee) December 2, 2018
Berry played Captain Parmenter on Western sitcom F-Troop for two years in the mid-1960s.
Berry appeared on The Andy Griffith Show and transitioned into the lead as the show spun off as Mayberry R.F.D.
He played Vinton Harper on the Carol Burnett Show spinoff Mama’s Family from 1983 to 1984.
Rest in peace, Ken Berry. A most wonderful man and one who left his mark in television. pic.twitter.com/QmkiT7p08W
— Tommy R. Donovan (@trdonovan) December 2, 2018
He also appeared in comedy films Herbie Rides Again and The Cat From Outer Space.
Born in Rock Island, Illinois, Berry started out as a singer and dancer.
He served in the US army special services under Sergeant Leonard Nimoy, entertaining the troops and winning a slot on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Nimoy helped introduce Berry to studios after he left the army which led to a contract with Universal to appear in movie musicals.