Fred Berry Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Aashita Dhingra
Jan 31, 2024 By Aashita Dhingra
Originally Published on May 07, 2022
Fact-checked by Pradhanya Rao
Fred Berry was an American street dancer who performed to dance music.
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About Fred Berry

Born Fred Allen Berry, Fred Berry was born on March 19, 1951.
He was an actor who was born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Fred Berry died on October 21, 2003, at the age of 52.
Fred Berry was a well-known street dancer. Fred Berry's most recognized role as a TV actor is his character on 'What's Happening!!', a TV show in the '70s. Fred Berry played the role of Freddie 'Rerun' Stubbs, in the show.

Fred Berry Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What was Fred Berry’s net worth?

Fred Berry was known to be among the wealthiest street dancers and TV actors of his time. The net worth of Fred Berry is expected to be around $4 million. With such net worth, his major source of income was his dancing and acting career, which made him a prominent figure in America.

How much did Fred Berry earn per year?

The annual net worth of Fred Berry is unknown and is yet to be reviewed.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall was Fred Berry?

The height of Fred Berry was 5 ft 4 in (165 cm).

How old was Fred Berry?

Fred Berry was born in St. Louis, Missouri, United States, where he was born on March 19, 1951. Fred Berry died on October 21, 2003, in Los Angeles, California, United States.
Fred Berry passed away suddenly, at the age of 52 years old. He was buried near Hollywood Hills, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California, United States.

Childhood And Education

Fred Berry was born under the name Fred Allen Berry. Fred Berry was born in St. Louis, Missouri, United States on March 19, 1951. Fred Berry is known to have grown up in housing property in an inner-city. Apart from this, there is not much detailed information available about his childhood.
Fred Berry developed his passion for dancing and acting when he was a small child. Fred Berry began his career by becoming a part of a well-known troupe in Los Angeles, The Lockers.
Along with this group, Fred Berry made an appearance on 'Saturday Night Live'. They appeared in the third episode of 'Soul Train' in 1975. 'Soul Train' was also a famous dance show. He appeared for the main dance introduction and taught the slo-mo dance step live.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who was Fred Berry’s partner?

Fred Berry was married to four women five different times.
Fred Berry's first wife, was an actress, Franchesska Berry. Fred Berry and Franchesska Berry were wedded twice. On January 11, 1976, the couple became husband and wife for the very first time. The wedding, unfortunately, only lasted one year and they divorced. On October 15, 1978, Fred Berry and Franchesska Berry got married again. It was later when Franchesska Berry and Fred Berry divorced the second time, in September 1980.
Carol Ann Ross was the second wife of Fred Berry. They got married on August 1, 1984. The relationship lasted nearly seven years. However, the couple split up in 1991. Fred Berry then got married to Darlene Bitten, in October 1994.
He subsequently separated from his third wife in 1999. He then married Essie Berry. Fred Berry and Essie Berry got married in 1999. The couple remained inseparable until he died in 2003. Fred Berry was the father of three children: Portia Berry Allen, a daughter, and two sons, DeShannon, and Fred Berry Jr.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Fred Berry is best known for 'Hammer' of 1972 as an uncredited dancer in 'What's Happening!!', from 1976 to 1979 as Freddie 'Rerun' Stubbs, 'The Brady Bunch Variety Hour' of 1977, 'Vice Squad' of 1982 as Sugar Dorsey, 'A Stroke Of Genius' of 1984, 'Alice' of 1984 as Bobo, 'Martin' of 1993, 'In the Hood' of 1998, 'Big Money Hustlas' of 2000 as Bootleg Greg, 'Bum Runner 'of 2002, 'Scrubs' of 2003, 'Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star' of 2003, and many others.

Other Interesting Fred Berry Facts And Trivia

  • He was fired from 'What's Happening Now!!' even before the end of the first season. The wife of Fred Berry, Essie Berry, informed Georgia State University's 'Urbanite' magazine that the show's unexpected termination was attributable to the refusal to pay Fred Berry for both TV shows.
  • He rose to fame as Freddie 'Rerun' Stubbs in 'What's Happening!!'.
  • Fred Berry was diagnosed with diabetes in the '90s.
  • Berry left performing following the conclusion of 'What's Happening Now!!' and then became a Baptist minister and motivational speaker.
  • Taking up a role in 'In the Hood' as Uncle Paul, he gradually returned to acting in the late '90s.
  • While recovering from a stroke, he passed away due to natural causes in 2003.
  • He died on October 21, 2003, in his Los Angeles residence, of natural causes. He was buried at Hollywood Hills, near Los Angeles, in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
  • He has made appearances in 'I Love the '70s', 'Battle Of The Network Stars III', 'The Howard Stern Show', 'In Living Color', and 'The Freshest Kids: A History Of The B-Boy' as himself.
  • Fred Berry was a famous and wealthy street dancer. He loved to perform to dance music.

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Fred Berry Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Fred Allen Berry

Date of Birth


Date of Death




Place of Birth

St. Louis


165 cm

Child Star?



Street Dancer, Actor

Net Worth



Essie Berry
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