Famous 'F Troop' And 'Mama's Family' Actor Ken Berry Dies At 85
December 4, 2018 15:55 By Fabiosa
Hollywood star Ken Berry, known for his roles in F Troop and Mama's Family, has died at 85.
Ex-wife confirms the news
Berry died on December 1 in Burbank, California, while in the hospital. News of his passing was made known to the public by a hospital spokesperson, but the cause of death was not stated.
The beloved actor’s surviving family, partner Susie Walsh and daughter Jennifer Kate Berry, are yet to publicly confirm their loss, but his ex-wife, Jackie Joseph-Lawrence, confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter.
Ken Berry: a life in full
Berry began his early career on shows like The Ann Sothern Show.
By the 1970s, he’d already begun to star in family movies like 1978's The Cat From Outer Space.
But he became a household name on sitcoms like Mama’s Family, which began to air in 1983, and the memorable but brief western, F Troop.
Before he began to act, he served in the army under Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy and dabbled in tap dancing as a teenager, a skill that helped him win hearts as everyone's favorite goofball on TV.
Farewell Ken Berry. A truly wonderful man. His warmth in comedy always shined though. I had the honor of producing a biography on Ken’s career for TVLAND several years back. A really memorable experience. Sorry to hear of his passing at age 85. pic.twitter.com/eyTKKMW5VC— Vintage Los Angeles (@alisonmartino) December 2, 2018
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. #kenberry pic.twitter.com/fYzo0KsbpX— Mitzi Gaynor (@TheMitziGaynor) December 2, 2018
He once said he wanted to be remembered for being a working actor and online, fans are sharing how much his life and legacy meant to them. Our thoughts are with his family.