"I want to be remembered as a working actor. One who tried never to step on anybody's lines or upstage anybody. I wanted to not be getting in anybody's way. I didn't want to cost anybody any money; everything moved fast and you had to know your lines and you had to be there."
About This Interview
In his two-hour-and-forty-minute Archive interview, actor Ken Berry talks about his early interest in becoming a song and dance man. He recounts touring in a show for the Air Force and his experience on The Ed Sullivan Show. He recalls being hired by Lucille Ball and working on the Desilu lot, and discusses various early roles, including parts on The Ann Sothern Show, Dr. Kildare and The Dick Van Dyke Show. He describes his time as a regular on F-Troop, The Andy Griffith Show, and its spin-off series Mayberry, R.F.D. Berry then outlines his later career, including his numerous guest appearances on The Carol Burnett Show and the role with which he is most closely associated, that of "Vinton Harper" on Mama's Family. Stephen Abramson conducted the interview on March 7, 2012 in North Hollywood, CA.