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US TV Sitcom Star Ken Berry Dies at 85

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Dancer and comic actor Ken Berry, who starred in two iconic U.S. television series, has died at 85.

No cause of death was immediately announced.

Berry was a stage and Broadway performer known for his athletic dance routines when he turned to comedy in the 1960s.

He is best known as the clumsy Captain Wilton Permenter in F Troop, a slapstick situation comedy about a remote U.S. Army post in the 1860s, surrounded by wilderness and Indians who were shown to be much more clever than the soldiers. F Troop ran from 1965 until 1967 and has a cult following.

Berry also starred in the 1968-1971 series Mayberry R.F.D. where he played a slightly bumbling small-town politician.

Both series are still shown in reruns.

Berry continued working on stage and television until he retired from performing in 2006.

 

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