Ken Berry
American actor, dancer and singer
Ken Berry
Ken Berry is an American actor, dancer and singer. As a "triple threat" (dancer/actor/singer), Berry has had success in multiple television shows, one being with his friend and mentor, Andy Griffith. Berry starred in the successful comedies F-Troop, The Andy Griffith Show spin-off Mayberry RFD, and The Carol Burnett Show spin-off Mama's Family.
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The last detail: Seeking a pardon 14 years after release
Chicago Times - over 3 years
Wrongfully jailed Chicago man, exonerated in 2000, still fighting for full pardon from governor During the eight years Wilder "Ken" Berry was in prison for a kidnapping and a sexual assault he didn't commit, there were many nights after lockdown when he would look outside his cell window at the moon and wish he was anyplace else.     
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Fight at Ken Berry complex nets arrests - Topeka Capital Journal
Google News - over 5 years
By THE CAPITAL JOURNAL The Shawnee County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fight that occurred over the weekend between several teenagers and a father of one of the teens at the Ken Berry baseball complex, 5825 SW 61st
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No. 2: Berry a real hit with the glove - Topeka Capital Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Best known for his exploits in baseball, both as a player and a contributor to Topeka baseball when his baseball days were over, Ken Berry also was a multi-sport athlete at Washburn Rural and Wichita State. Go to cjonline.com/topathletes for bios,
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MSC Cruises pitches a series of 'Baseball Greats' sailings - USA Today
Google News - over 5 years
... for the Milwaukee Brewers), John Lieber (pitcher with the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs), Tony Taylor (All-Star, Gold Glove second baseman with the Philadelphia Phillies) and Ken Berry (Chicago White Sox All-Star, Gold Glove centerfielder)
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SOX FANS FROM THE '70s CAN APPRECIATE THE SUMMER OF 2011 - ChicagoNow
Google News - over 5 years
I watched our center fielder, Ken Berry, sprint back through the smoke-filled night air one Friday, leaping over the green and white cyclone fence at the 400 foot mark to make an incredible catch. He did that several times in a Sox uniform
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Top 100: No. 16 Aaron Crow - Topeka Capital Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Crow and Ken Berry are the only Topekans to do so. Crow played collegiately for the Missouri Tigers and earned the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year award in 2008 after posting a 12-0 record with 111 strikeouts in the regular season
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Most Benton Co. agencies got budget cuts - Jackson Sun
Google News - over 5 years
Budget Committee Chairman Ken Berry said the change is unfortunate but indicative of economic times. Budget cuts, applauded by many attendees, were spread across several departments. Library officials say in the 2010-11 fiscal year, the county funded
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Benton County discusses budget cuts - Jackson Sun
Google News - over 5 years
"Every department really received some percent of a cut," Budget Committee Chairman Ken Berry said. "I regret that we had to make those cuts, but I feel like they were fully necessary." He said the commission achieved its goal to keep the property tax
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Rural development: A bumper crop of stars - Topeka Capital Journal
Google News - over 5 years
By Tim Bisel Ken Berry played 14 years in the majors, won two Gold Gloves and appeared in an All-Star game. Perhaps that explains why the longtime Topekan — unquestionably the highest-profile athlete to come from Washburn Rural — was so quick to take
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Supes pledge $150K to Camanche water — contingent on rate increase - Amador Ledger-Dispatch
Google News - over 5 years
The action came during the regular meeting of the board of supervisors on Tuesday, following a presentation by AWA general manager Gene Mancebo and objections from former AWA directors Debbie Dunn and Bill Condrashoff, and Jackson resident Ken Berry
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Lack of HS baseball didn't deter county greats - Topeka Capital Journal
Google News - over 5 years
“They said it was too expensive, but that was a bunch of mularkey,” said Ken Berry, who was a junior at Washburn Rural when the baseball program was eliminated. “It wasn't expensive.” While high school baseball in Topeka lost its foothold,
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Benton Co. panel makes budget cuts - Jackson Sun
Google News - over 5 years
In addition to board chairman Ken Berry, the other committee members are Lynn Higdon and Monty Montgomery. Last week, the county commission voted to make a $23625 cut in funding for the Benton County Public Library — from a proposed $218625 to $195000
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In Strafford: Winners on display at Hill Library photography contest - Foster's Daily Democrat
Google News - over 5 years
“I think the reception went very well,” said Director Ken Berry. Sheila Rainey provided a cake decorated with two “shutter bugs” and Nancy Baxter made punch. Marilyn Price provided the ballot box for people's choice, Martha English photographed the
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This day in sports: Lemon replaces Martin for 1978 Yankees on July 25 - Yahoo! Sports
Google News - over 5 years
While in game two outfielder Ken Berry hit a two-run shot in the 16th inning off of Steve Bailey to win 6-5. Pete sets a record: Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds hits in his 38th consecutive game in 1978. This breaks the National League hitting streak
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KenWo's Corner- Put Me In Coach - South Side Sox
Google News - over 5 years
The guy I was named after, Ken Berry, was a monster on defense according to my dad. Centerfield for the White Sox has been a pretty ugly position. Warriors like Dave Gallagher, John Cangelosi, Darryl Boston, Darren Lewis, Brian Anderson,
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Who's Fairfield's upper crust: Colony or Pepe's? - Ct Post
Google News - over 5 years
"I think they're uniquely different," Ken Berry, CEO of the Frank Pepe Development Company, which operates the Fairfield restaurant, said of the pizza at Colony and Pepe's. Colony Fairfield owner Ken Martin takes pride in his restaurant's identity as a
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Police: Girl wounded with gun being passed around - Chicago Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
AP Police in East St. Louis say a 13-year-old girl who accidentally shot herself in the side used a gun that was being passed around by various juveniles. Police Detective Ken Berry tells the Belleville News-Democrat that the girl knew where the gun
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Xseed Interview Part 1 – How To Exceed In Today's Marketplace - Siliconera
Google News - over 5 years
In this interview, Ken Berry, Director of Publishing at Xseed, talks about the publisher's plans for Solatorobo: Red the Hunter, their relationship with Falcom, and why they brought Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls overseas
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ken Berry
    FIFTIES
  • 1993
    Age 59
    His collaboration with Carol Burnett continued with the 1993 Long Beach theatrical production of From the Top.
    More Details Hide Details Berry's tenure with The Billy Barnes Review also led to another important connection in his career when he was spotted by Lucille Ball. Ball quickly asked him to join her new talent development program she was starting at Desilu, similar to the "talent pools" - known as talent "programs" - that the other studios had. He was under contract with Desilu for six months, performing for both Ball and Barnes at the same time. The reviews for The Billy Barnes Review were largely positive, and additional investors contributed the extra money needed to move the show from the York Playhouse to Broadway, which meant he had to take leave from Desilu.
  • FORTIES
  • 1983
    Age 49
    In 1983, Berry was cast as Vinton Harper in Mama's Family, a spin-off from The Carol Burnett Show with comic-actors including Vicki Lawrence, Dorothy Lyman, Rue McClanahan, Betty White, and Beverly Archer during six seasons of the show.
    More Details Hide Details Mama's Family aired on NBC from 1983 to 1984 and in repeats until 1985. It was then picked up for first-run syndication from 1986 to 1990. The run totaled 130 episodes. During and after Mama's Family, Berry toured the U.S. in various theatrical performances, including multiple performances of Sugar with co-stars such as Donald O'Connor, Mickey Rooney, Soupy Sales, and Bobby Morse, The Music Man with Susan Watson (Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi were in the chorus), I Do! I Do! with Loretta Swit, and Gene Kelly's A Salute to Broadway with Howard Keel and Mimi Hines. Kelly, Berry's idol, was to direct the production, but fell ill. In his younger years, Berry signed with a modeling agency that put him in a variety of spots, including advertisements for tissues, cigarettes, cereal, and a car commercial.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1973
    Age 39
    In 1973 Sherwood Schwartz wrote a Brady Bunch spin-off called Kelly's Kids, which featured Berry as the adoptive father of three diverse boys (black, white, and Asian).
    More Details Hide Details The pilot failed to interest ABC. Over the next two decades Berry guest starred on many shows, including The Bob Newhart Show, The Julie Andrews Hour, several Mitzi Gaynor specials, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, The Donny & Marie Show, Love Boat, Fantasy Island, CHiPs, and The Golden Girls.
  • 1972
    Age 38
    After Mayberry R.F.D., Berry starred in several made for TV movies, and his own summer replacement variety show on ABC called The Ken Berry 'Wow' Show in 1972, which ran for five episodes.
    More Details Hide Details This show was an opportunity for future stars Steve Martin, Cheryl Ladd and Teri Garr.
  • 1970
    Age 36
    On the 1970 Mayberry R.F.D. episode "The Charity", he and co-star Paul Hartman performed a soft shoe routine.
    More Details Hide Details Berry would sometimes end a show on the porch at dusk, serenading others with such songs as "Carolina Moon". In spite of finishing 15th place for season three, Mayberry R.F.D. was canceled in 1971 in what was called "the rural purge", where shows set in a bucolic locale (The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, and Petticoat Junction) were replaced with the more "hip" fare of Norman Lear (All In The Family) and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
  • 1968
    Age 34
    In September 1968, Berry led the cast of Mayberry R.F.D., as Griffith's character receded.
    More Details Hide Details Most of the regular characters stayed with the show. Andy and wife Helen left after a few episodes into season two. Series writers used Berry's "trouper" talents in stories about church revues and talent contests.
  • 1967
    Age 33
    In 1967, during the second year of F-Troop, Dick Linke - who was Berry's manager, and also managed Andy Griffith and Jim Nabors - pitched an F-Troop stage show to Bill Harrah, founder of Harrah's Entertainment, which included a casino and hotel in Reno, Nevada.
    More Details Hide Details Harrah went for it and Berry, Larry Storch, Forrest Tucker, and James Hampton put together a show, hiring writers and a choreographer to assist. While performing the Reno show they received word that F-Troop had been canceled due to a financial dispute between the production company and the studio. The next year Berry was cast in the featured role of Sam Jones, a widowed farmer, on the last few episodes of The Andy Griffith Show. He would take over the lead role on the spin-off Mayberry R.F.D..
  • TWENTIES
  • 1961
    Age 27
    After numerous smaller roles, Berry was cast as one of three comic relief characters on Dr. Kildare, from 1961 to 1966.
    More Details Hide Details A regular on the series, Berry played Dr. Kapish. Berry continued doing guest roles, but while performing a small part on the short-lived George Burns-Connie Stevens sitcom Wendy & Me, both Burns and Stevens recommended him for the pilot of F-Troop for ABC, a western spoof where he played the accident-prone Captain Parmenter—his first weekly role starring in a sitcom. Berry's co-stars were Forrest Tucker and Larry Storch. Berry called his time on F-Troop "two years of recess" as the entire cast spent time between takes trying to make each other laugh. His grace and agility allowed him to perform choreographed pratfalls over hitching posts, sabers, and trash cans.
  • 1960
    Age 26
    Berry married Jackie Joseph, a Billy Barnes castmate on May 29, 1960. They divorced in 1976.
    More Details Hide Details Berry has "loved cars and anything with wheels" since he was a young child, particularly smaller cars, and maintains a 1966 Mini Moke. An avid motorcyclist, he would camp and ride the local Los Angeles mountain ranges.
    After returning from New York in 1960, Berry was brought back to Desilu to play Woody, a bell hop, in ten episodes of CBS's The Ann Sothern Show which was set in a New York hotel called the Bartley House.
    More Details Hide Details The character Woody served as a "Greek chorus of one" on the series. In 1968, Ball asked Berry to guest star on The Lucy Show, where he played a bank client needing a loan to start a dance studio. Ken performed a tribute to the Fred Astaire number "Steppin' Out with My Baby" and a duet with Ball for a rendition of "Lucy's Back in Town".
  • 1957
    Age 23
    One week in 1957, Berry won, performed his week on the show, and was then asked back for six more weeks.
    More Details Hide Details He traveled with Godfrey and performed on remote broadcasts in an Omaha stock yard, in Seattle at a lumber camp, at the Boeing aircraft plant, and at the San Diego Zoo. Berry was responsible for coming up with a new routine for every show, which were aired daily. The Billy Barnes Review was popular with Hollywood, and one evening Carol Burnett was in Los Angeles and saw Berry in the show. She was appearing on The Garry Moore Show in New York and convinced the producers to sign Berry as a guest star. Burnett became a key ally for Berry, using him on her own special, which eventually became CBS's The Carol Burnett Show. Ken was one of Burnett's most frequent guest stars along with Jim Nabors and Steve Lawrence. In 1972, Ken and Carol appeared together in the 1972 color remake of Burnett's Broadway hit, Once Upon A Mattress for CBS
    Then, in 1957, Berry was asked by Ken Murray, a well-known vaudeville performer, to join his stage variety show, "The Ken Murray Blackouts".
    More Details Hide Details The Blackouts played to standing-room-only audiences, and Berry was asked to choreograph and perform the opening number for the show when it played the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Berry eventually returned to Las Vegas again in the 1970s at the invitation of Andy Griffith. Griffith, along with Berry and Jerry Van Dyke, played Caesars Palace, where Berry performed song and dance numbers sandwiched by Andy and Jerry's stand-up routines. Actress Dee Arlen referred Berry for a role in the show In League with Ivy at the Cabaret Concert Theatre, a nightclub in Los Angeles. This show was where he met famed composer–impresario Billy Barnes who was the play's composer. Barnes would bring Berry into The Billy Barnes Review ensemble, his next break, and he would perform in many of Barnes' shows in the coming years. While performing with Barnes, Berry worked with other performers including Berry's future wife, Jackie Joseph, as well as Joyce Jameson, Bert Convy, Patti Regan, Ann Morgan Guilbert, Lennie Weinrib, and sketch writer/director Bob Rodgers. Several cast albums were made.
  • 1956
    Age 22
    In 1956, after being released from Universal, Berry returned to Las Vegas where he opened for and joined Abbott & Costello in their stage act, performing sketches and song and dance routines at the Sahara Hotel and Casino.
    More Details Hide Details While working with Abbott & Costello, he met Dee Arlen, an actress whom he credits with getting him his first big break. This was Berry's first performance on the Las Vegas strip.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1933
    Born
    Born on November 3, 1933.
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