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Kroeger as the narrator for The Big Story, 1947.
October 16, 1912|
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
|Died||January 4, 1991
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Born in San Antonio, Texas, Kroeger got his acting start on radio as an announcer and actor, playing for a time The Falcon in the radio series and The Shadow. Kroeger was a regular as Sam Williams on the radio daytime drama Young Doctor Malone. He was discovered by filmmaker William Wellman while performing on Broadway and began appearing in films in 1948 with his role in The Iron Curtain.
Kroeger specialized in playing slimy bad guys in films like Act of Violence (1948) and The Iron Curtain (1948), a crooked lawyer in Cry of the City (1948) and a heavy in Joseph H. Lewis' cult crime classic, Gun Crazy (1949). His flair for decadent leering and evil scowls often led to his being cast in "schlock fare", like 1966's Chamber of Horrors and 1971's The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant. He appeared in a small role as a village elder in Young Frankenstein (1974).
He appeared in dozens of television programs. He guest starred on seven episodes of Perry Mason, including murderer Edgar Whitehead in the 1961 episode, "The Case of the Blind Man's Bluff," and murder victim Kirk Cameron in the 1964 episode, "The Case of the Illicit Illusion." He also appeared in shows such as Hawaiian Eye, Get Smart (as a character spoofing actor Sydney Greenstreet) and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. His last major film role was in 1977's The Demon Seed.
On January 4, 1991, Berry Kroeger died of kidney failure.
- Guilty of Treason (1950)
- Blood Alley - Old Feng (1955)
- Man in the Vault - Willis Trent (1956)
- Seven Thieves - Hugo Baumer (1960)
- Atlantis, the Lost Continent - Surgeon (1961)
- The Time Travelers - Preston (1964)
- Tora! Tora! Tora! - U.S. Army General (uncredited) (1970)
- Young Frankenstein - First Village Elder (uncredited) (1974)
- Sies, Luther F. (2014). Encyclopedia of American Radio, 1920-1960, 2nd Edition, Volume 1. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-5149-4. P. 13.
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