ExtraTV reports the death of longtime TV actor Ken Berry. He was 85.
Berry's death on Saturday was announced on social media by his former wife, comic actress Jackie Joseph (b. 1933).
His biggest early break was in The Billy Barnes Revue, a show that played in L.A. and made it to Broadway. It was also where he met his wife, Joseph.
The talent had series-regular spots on The Ann Sothern Show (1960-1961), Ensign O'Toole (1962-1963), Dr. Kildare (1961-1964), F Troop (1965-1967), The Andy Griffith Show (1968), Mayberry, R.F.D. (1968-1971), and was the star of an episode of The Brady Bunch called Kelly's Kids (1974), which was earmarked to be spun off into its own series; this never happened.
He briefly hosted the summer replacement series The Ken Berry Wow Show in 1972, whose theme song contained the lyrics:
Wow's Mr. Moto and Anna Mae Wong
Wow is Fay Wray in the arms of King Kong
The cast for the series was spectacular, including Steve Martin (b. 1945), Peter Lawford (1923-1984) and Cheryl Ladd (b. 1951) appearing as Cheryl Stoppelmoor
Berry worked with Carol Burnett from the early '60s on, including making 19 appearances on her The Carol Burnett Show (1968-1978). He was Vinton Harper on Mama's Family (1983-1990), which was a spin-off of the show's "The Family" sketches.
I remember him fondly for his Disney films Herbie Rides Again (1974) and The Cat from Outer Space (1978).
Berry was preceded in death by his son with Joseph, John, who passed away two years ago of brain cancer. He is survived by their daughter together, Jennifer.