- Fred Berry
name = Fred Berry
imagesize = 200px
caption = Fred Berry from the opening credits of "What's Happening!!", circa 1978-1979.
birthname = Fred Allen Berry
birthdate = birth date|1951|3|15
St. Louis, Missouri,
deathdate = death date and age|2003|10|21|1951|3|15
Los Angeles, California, USA
notable role = - Fred "Rerun" Stubbs in "
What's Happening!!" and " What's Happening Now!!"
Fred "Rerun" Berry (
March 13, 1951- October 21, 2003) was an American actor best known for the role of Fred "Rerun" Stubbs on the popular 1970s television show " What's Happening!!".
He was born in
St. Louis, Missouri. Before starring on "What's Happening", he was a member of the Los Angeles based dance troupe The Lockers. "What's Happening" lasted from 1976 to 1979. He was a millionaire by age 29. After the show ended, Berry had trouble finding work and was permanently identified with the Rerun character. Eventually however, he came to embrace his being typecast, and made his peace with it as the best means to maintain his celebrity. In public, he was often seen wearing the red beretand red suspenders that are part of the "Rerun" character, and even went so far as to have his middle name legally changed to "Rerun". After the show was cancelled Berry struggled with personal problems and with the search for another star vehicle.
During the 1980s, Berry battled drug addiction and alcoholism. He revived the character of Rerun in the series "
What's Happening Now!!", but would only be on that show for 1 year.
During the 1990s he became a
Baptistminister and lost 100 pounds (nowrap|45 kg) after being diagnosed with diabetes. He made a living during this time mostly through making public appearances as Rerun. He was married six times to four different women. His marriages include:
* Franchesska Berry (?-?; divorced; 1st time)
* Emira Eagle (?-?; divorced)
* Franchesska Berry (1976-1977; divorced; 2nd time)
* Franchesska Berry (1978-?; divorced; 3rd time)
* Carol Ann Ross (1984-?; divorced)
* Darlene Bitten (1994-1999; divorced)
Berry made a brief cameo appearance in
Insane Clown Posse's film " Big Money Hustlas" as Bootleg Greg, a merchandise counterfeiter. In 1996, he also made an appearance in Less Than Jake's video "Dopeman," which was never aired on television. In the second season of the comedy television series "Scrubs", he appeared in his iconic "Rerun" suspenders and beret in an extended dance sequence fantasized by Dr. John "J.D." Dorian (which included a dozen others also wearing the same outfit). He also appeared in a Snoop Doggy Doggvideo, "It's A Doggy Dogg World," which was a tribute to the Black culture of the 1970s. (He performed his legendary dance moves in a Soul Trainline.)
He returned to the screen in 1998 in the action movie "In The Hood" and made a cameo in "" (2003), playing himself in a song at the end. His final role was another memorable cameo in the
Maria Menounosproduced, John Waters narrated, "In the Land of Merry Misfits" which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Berry died on
October 21, 2003at his Los Angeles home where he was recovering from a stroke.
What's Happening!!.... Fred 'Rerun' Stubbs (1976 - 1979)
Battle of the Network Stars III(1977)
*Vice Squad (1982)
A Stroke of Genius(1984)
What's Happening Now!!(1985 - 1986)
*I Wonder Who She's Seeing Now,
The Temptations( music video) (1988)
In the Hood(1998)
Big Money Hustlas(2000)
I Love the '70s(2003)
In the Land of Merry Misfits(2005)
* In Living Color(East Hollywood Squares as Rerun/Himself)
* [http://www.lockerlegends.net/ Lockerlegends.net Fred Berry]
* [http://www.cnn.com/2003/SHOWBIZ/TV/10/22/rerun.obit/index.html CNN obituary for Fred Berry]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efPTSrZBDEg Clip from cameo on Scrubs ]
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