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Thursday December 6, 2018

Actor starred as affable captain in TV's F Troop


BURBANK, CALIF. -- Ken Berry, an actor and dancer who played the affable and clumsy Captain Wilton Parmenter in the 1960s sitcom F Troop, has died. He was 85.

Mr. Berry died Saturday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif., hospital spokeswoman Patricia Aidem confirmed. The cause of death was not provided by Mr. Berry's family.

F Troop was only on from 1965 to 1967, but the show lived on in syndication, and the accidentprone Capt. Parmenter became one of Mr. Berry's most wellknown roles. After F Troop, Mr.Berry went to on to star in Mayberry R.F.D., a spin-off of The Andy Griffith Show, in which Mr. Berry appeared during the show's final year.

Mr. Berry's co-star in F Troop Larry Storch said in a Facebook post that his friend's passing was "devastating."

"We are at a true loss for words," the post read. "Ken, we hope you know how much you were loved.

Goodnight Captain. We miss you already."

Mr. Berry married actress Jackie Joseph in 1960. They divorced in 1976, but remained good friends.

"I'm feeling so much love and gratitude for the affection and kindness expressed by Ken's friends and admirers," Ms. Joseph said on her Facebook page. She also expressed gratitude for Susie Walsh, "Ken's dear partner for the last 26 years, for bringing him laughter and devotion and care."

Mr. Berry's last television series was Mama's Family, which aired for six seasons beginning in 1983.

But F Troop was the show that remained closest to Mr. Berry's heart.

"I have never been that happy in my life," Mr. Berry once said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Mr. Berry leaves his daughter, Jennifer Kate. His son with Ms. Joseph, John Kenneth, died in 2016.

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