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Fred Berry
Born Fred Allen Berry
March 19, 1951(1951-03-19)
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Died October 21, 2003 (aged 52)
Los Angeles, California, USA

Fred "Rerun" Berry (March 19, 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!!.



Berry 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. During that time Berry's nickname was “The Penguin”. What's Happening!! lasted from 1976 to 1979. He was a millionaire by age 29. After the show ended, Berry had trouble finding work because he 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 beret and red suspenders that are part of the Rerun character, and even went so far as to have his middle name legally changed to "Rerun".

Substance abuse problems

During the 1980s, Berry battled drug addiction and alcoholism. He revived the character of Rerun in the series What's Happening Now!!, but he was only on that show for a year.

Later life and death

During the 1990s, Berry became a Baptist minister and lost 100 pounds (45 kg) after being diagnosed with diabetes. He made a living during this time mostly through making public appearances as Rerun.

Berry 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). Berry also appeared in a Snoop Doggy Dogg video, “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 Train line.)

He returned to the screen in 1998 in the action movie In The Hood and made a cameo in Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003), playing himself in a song at the end. His final role was another memorable cameo in In the Land of Merry Misfits (produced by Maria Menounos and narrated by John Waters), which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Berry died on October 21, 2003, at his Los Angeles home where he was recovering from a stroke.



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