Fred Berry

Fred Allen Berry (March 19, 1951 – October 21, 2003) was an American actor and street dancer. He was best known for the role of Fred "Rerun" Stubbs on the 1970s television show What's Happening!![1][2]

Fred Berry
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Fred Allen Berry

(1951-03-19)March 19, 1951
DiedOctober 21, 2003(2003-10-21) (aged 52)
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, street dancer
Spouse(s)Franchesska Berry (1976–1976)
Franchesska Berry (1978–1980)
Carol Ann Ross (1984–1991)
Darlene Bitten (1994–1999)
Essie Berry (1999–2003)
From TV's What's Happening!! (1977). Seated, L-R: Fred Berry, Ernest Lee Thomas, and Haywood Nelson (back to camera). Standing: Shirley Hemphill.


Before starring on What's Happening!! he was a member of the Los Angeles-based dance troupe The Lockers, with whom he appeared on the third episode of Saturday Night Live. He also appeared on the dance music show Soul Train, and was featured in the program's signature line dance segment doing the memorable early 1970s dance step "the slo-mo".[3]

What's Happening!! aired from 1976 to 1979.

He reprised his role as Rerun in the series What's Happening Now!! but he was only on that show for one season. Berry asked for more money than the rest of the cast (believing he was the reason people tuned in).[4] Berry's widow, Essie Berry, told Urbanite magazine at Georgia State University that their unwillingness to pay Fred Berry his due in both shows led to their early cancellations (although it did last another two seasons, and both series lasted a total of three seasons). During the 1990s, Berry became a Baptist minister[5] and lost 100 lbs after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Berry was married six times to four different women, the first two of whom he married twice each.[5][7]


On October 21, 2003, Berry died at his Los Angeles home, where he was recovering from a stroke.[6] He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles.[8]



  1. ^ Fred Berry, 52, Actor On 1970's Sitcom, The New York Times
  2. ^ Art That Confronts and Challenges Racism: Start Here, The New York Times
  3. ^ Video on YouTube
  4. ^ "What's Happening!!: Up From the Ashes". Retrieved 9 June 2010.
  5. ^ a b Kappes, Serena (2002-07-30). "Catch up with 'What's Happening!' star Fred Berry". Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  6. ^ a b Silverman, Stephen M. (2003-10-23). "'70s Star Fred 'Rerun' Berry Dead at 52". Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  7. ^ Peter, Hartlaub (2003-10-27). "Fred Berry's 'Rerun' a role to be cherished". Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  8. ^ Wilson, Scott. Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed.: 2 (Kindle Locations 3721). McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. Kindle Edition.

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