Ken Berry, Actor Who Starred in “F Troop” and “Mama’s Family”, Dies at 85

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Ken Berry, who plays Captain Wilton Parmenter in an upcoming TV series called “F Troop,” reaches down the wrong end of cannon in one of the show’s episodes, . Parmenter was promoted from private to captain for leading an unplanned charge in the wrong direction toward the enemy. The new series deals with a strange and comical cavalry troop on the American frontier
F Troop Berry 1965, Los Angeles, USA

Ken Berry, the amiable and musically-talented TV actor of the 1960s and ’70s who starred in “F Troop,” “Mama’s Family” and “Mayberry R.F.D.,” died Saturday.

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.”

Berry played Captain Parmenter on Western sitcom “F Troop” for two years in the mid-1960s.

On “Mama’s Family,” he played Vinton Harper on the “Carol Burnett Show” spinoff, which starred Vicki Lawrence, Rue McClanahan and Betty White. The sitcom ran two seasons on NBC in 1983 and 1984, and two years later was revived in syndication, where it was a hit and ran until 1990.

Berry appeared as widowed farmer Sam Jones on “The Andy Griffith Show” and transitioned into the lead as the show spun off as “Mayberry R.F.D.”

“Mayberry R.F.D.” ran from 1968 to 1971, when the folksy smalltown sitcom was cancelled as more contemporary shows such as “All in the Family” came on the air.

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SOURCE: Variety, Pat Saperstein