‘F Troop,’ ‘Mayberry R.F.D.’ star Ken Berry dead at 85

(NYDAILYNEWS) – Ken Berry, who starred in TV shows like “F Troop” and “Mayberry R.F.D.” in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, died Saturday in California. He was 85.

The actor’s death was confirmed by his ex-wife, actress Jackie Joseph-Lawrence, who shared news of his passing on Facebook Saturday.

Berry was best known for starring in the Wild West-set sitcom “F Troop” as Captain Wilton Parmenter for two seasons from 1965-67.

Berry was featured on a slew of other popular series, including “Rawhide,” “The Brady Bunch,” “The Love Boat,” “CHiPs,’ “Little House on the Prairie” and “The Andy Griffith Show.”

His four episodes on “Andy Griffith” as widowed farmer Sam Jones transitioned him into a starring role on the sitcom’s spin-off/continuation, “Mayberry R.F.D.”

The series – which picked up where “The Andy Griffith Show” left off following Griffiths’ departure – ran for three seasons, from 1968-71.

The actor also starred opposite Vicki Lawrence, Dorothy Lyman and Rue McClanahan as Vinton Harper in 130 episodes of “Mama’s Family,” a spin-off of a sketch from “The Carol Burnett Show.”