Monday, January 18, 2021

‘What’s Happening’ Star Fred ‘Rerun’ Berry Became an Evangelist After the Show

*Fans of the classic 1970’s sitcom “What’s Happening” may not know that series star Fred “Rerun” Berry became a preacher after his stint on the series, according to I Love Old School Music

via LA Times:

[Fred Rerun] Berry was an unpaid associate minister and evangelist at the Little Shiloh Church on the outskirts of Huntsville, Ala., where he had moved from Los Angeles a year and a half earlier.

“I’d been going to churches for the past 12 years, to all kinds of services, but when I walked in here [in his church], I felt the power of God,” [Berry] told the Los Angeles Sentinel. “I didn’t want to leave.”

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Prior to his death is, Berry opened up about his drug and alcohol addiction and road to recovery. 

“I was a millionaire by the time I was 29,” he told People magazine in 1996, “but then the stress of success got to me. The fat jokes got to me. And I got heavily into drugs and alcohol.”

Berry said in another 1996 interview that he had been “experimenting with drugs and alcohol” since he was a teenager, and as he became more successful, he could afford more drugs.

He told the Cincinnati Call and Post that the was “addicted to drugs and alcohol for 10 years and probably spent a million dollars partying, and tried to commit suicide three times. I just got tired of being tired and decided to rededicate my life to the Lord in 1984. That’s when I also got delivered from the drugs and alcohol.”

Rerun passed away from complications due to a stroke in 2003, at age of 52. He was survived by his three children and his wife.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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