Actor and dancer Ken Berry dead at 85
Ken Berry, the famous actor behind Captain Wilton Parmenter, from "F Troop", recently passed away at the age of 85.
Berry drew his last breath on Saturday, December 1, 2018, leaving behind quite a unique legacy and a hole in the heart of the those who knew him.
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Berry was a part of several projects throughout his life, but none came close to being as dear to him as "F Troop."
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'F Troop' and 'Mama's Family' Star Ken Berry Dead at 85 https://t.co/UBzg7BeNdW— Lena Jo McCoy (@LenaJoMcCoy) December 2, 2018
THE VERY BEGINING
Born Kenneth Ronald Berry, on November 3, 1933, in Moline, Illinois, the actor ventured into show business during his teenage years, when he had the chance to dance and tour with The Horace Heidt Youth Opportunity Program.
The tour allowed him to perform in different cities every Sunday and even took him overseas for some very special performances for the U.S. Air Force troops.
Farewell, Captain Parmenter: Actor Ken Berry has died. https://t.co/s1ZRK0Mb7U— USA TODAY Life (@usatodaylife) December 2, 2018
GIVEN A PRECIOUS HAND
Upon his return, Berry went back to school and graduated from Moline High School, right before joining the U.S. Army after the Korean War.
After winning a tap dancing contest, he was given the opportunity to star on "Soldier Parade," hosted by Arlene Francis. He caught the attention of Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr. Spock on "Star Trek" and helped him by spreading the word about his talent.
A LIFETIME OF FEATURES
Another victory in a dancing contest landed him on Ed Sullivan's "Toast of Country," and, thanks to Nimoy, Berry started receiving several job offers. Ultimately, he chose a proposition from Universal Studios.
Berry starred in "The Billy Barnes Revue," "The Ann Sothern Show," "The Bob Newhart Show," "The Carol Burnett Show," "The Brady Bunch," "Mama's Family," "Medical Center" and "The Golden Girls."
GEORGE H. W. BUSH
But the actor wasn't the only great man leaving earth in the past few days; after 94 years, George H. W. Bush drew his last breath on Friday, November 30, 2018.
The former President of the U.S passed away surrounded by friends and family at his home in Houston, Texas, and although he died peacefully, the cause of his death is yet to be revealed.