Ken Foree

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Ken Foree
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Foree attending Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors in January 2007
Born (1948-02-29) February 29, 1948 (age 71)
Years active1976–present

Ken Foree (born February 29, 1948) is an American actor, best known as the protagonist Peter from the horror film Dawn of the Dead and as Roger Rockmore on the Nickelodeon television sitcom Kenan & Kel. In one episode of Kenan & Kel, Roger loses his hearing causing him to repeatedly and hilariously shout “hello” - the actor has said that it was a highlight of his acting career.

Early life and career[edit]

Foree was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. He began acting in the 1970s, appearing in the 1976 film The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings the films The Wanderers, Dawn of the Dead and Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III. He also had roles in the films The Dentist (1996), From Beyond (1986) and Knightriders (1981). In 1995 he starred in an X-Files episode. In 2005, he played Charlie Altamont in the film The Devil's Rejects, starring opposite Sid Haig and Bill Moseley, as the adopted brother of Haig's character. Foree also played the role of Roger Rockmore, Kenan and Kyra's father on the Nickelodeon sitcom Kenan & Kel with Teal Marchande as his wife, Sheryl.

In 2007 he appeared in Rob Zombie's remake of the 1978 film, Halloween. The horror-comedy film Shaun of the Dead has a subtle reference to him as the film's main character is an employee of "Foree Electronics".

Ken Foree appeared as himself in the 2008 novel Bad Moon Rising by Jonathan Maberry. Foree is one of several real-world horror celebrities who are in the fictional town of Pine Deep when monsters attack. Other celebrities include Tom Savini, Jim O'Rear, Brinke Stevens, James Gunn, Stephen Susco, Debbie Rochon, Joe Bob Briggs and blues man Mem Shannon.[1][2][3][4][5]

Foree Fest[edit]

Ken has his own horror festival titled "Foree Fest". Held in the U.K, the first event took place in 2007, with a second in October 2009 and a third event in 2013.[6]


Year Film Role Other notes
1976 The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings Honey, Potter's Goon
1977 Kojak Episode: "The Condemned"
1978 Dawn of the Dead Peter Washington
1979 The Wanderers Black Sportsman
The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Python player Uncredited
1980 The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story
A Rumor of War The M.P. miniseries
1981 The Dukes of Hazzard Rollo Episode: "State of the County"
Terror Among Us Prisoner TV movie
Elvis and the Beauty Queen Boxer TV movie
Knightriders Little John
Born to Be Sold Man TV movie
1982 Report to Murphy Big Walter 3 episodes
Tales of the Gold Monkey Hugo Episode: "Shanghaied"
1981-1982 Hill Street Blues Bubba Edwards / Holdup Guy with Shotgun 2 episodes
1983 T. J. Hooker Bartender Episode: "Lady in Blue"
Remington Steele Herschel 'The Hammer' Sinclair Episode: "Steele Knuckles and Glass Jaws"
1984 The A-Team Dirkson Episode: "Chopping Spree"
Benson THe Driver Episode: "The Little Hotel That Could
Blue Thunder Alfie Episode: "The Island"
Santa Barbara Helicopter Pilot Episode #1.24
Riptide Maritime Patrole front desk officer Episode: "Catch of the Day"
Knight Rider Danton Episode: "Knight in Disgrace"
1985 Hunter Louis McMahon Episode: "Guilty:
Knight Rider Spider-Man Episode: "Redemption of a Champion"
1986 From Beyond Buford 'Bubba' Brownlee
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling Big Joke
1987 Terror Squad Deputy Brown
1989 True Blood Det. Charlie Gates
Phantom of the Mall: Eric's Revenge Acardi
Death Spa Marvin
Beauty and the Beast Morley Episode: "A Kingdom by the Sea"
1990 Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III Benny
Taking Care of Business J.B., Prisoner making demands
Fatal Charm Willy Video
Without You I'm Nothing Emcee (M.C.)
Down the Drain Buckley
Quantum Leap The Brush Episode: "Pool Hall Blues"
Matlock Billy Leon Episode: "The Fighter"
1991 Night of the Warrior Oliver
The Flash Whisper Episode: "Beat the Clock"
Diplomatic Immunity Del Roy Gaines
Hangfire Billy
The Heroes of Desert Storm Sergeant Leroy Ford
1992 General Hospital (TV) Kris Unknown episodes
Final Shot: The Hank Gathers Story First USC Coach
1993 Joshua Tree Eddie Turner
1994 Renegade Clint Episode: "Hostage"
Viper Harley Trueblood
M.A.N.T.I.S. Episode: "Cease Fire
1995 Sleepstalker Detective Rolands Video
Babylon 5 (TV) P.F.C. Large Episode Gropos
The X-Files Vincent Parmelly Episode The List
1996 Due South Macon Lacroix Episode: "The Edge"
The Dentist Detective Gibbs
1996-2000 Kenan and Kel Roger Rockmore 60 episodes
2001 The Nightmare Room Coach Episode: "Locker 13"
2004 Dawn of the Dead The Televangelist
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Pedestrian (voice) Video game
2005 The Devil's Rejects Charlie Altamont
2006 The Devil's Den Leonard
2007 Splatter Disco Shank Chubb Video
Halloween Big Joe Grizzley
Black Santa's Revenge Black Santa Short film
Brutal Massacre: A Comedy Carl
Brotherhood of Blood Stanis
2008 Dead Bones The Bartender
Cut, Print Jack Stanley Orlando Entertainment
30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust Miniseries
2009 Zone of the Dead Mortimer Reyes
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto Luke St. Luke (voice) Video
Live Evil Max
2010 D.C. Sniper John Allen Muhammad[7] Video
2011 Water for Elephants Earl
2012 The Lords of Salem Herman Jackson
2012 Cut/Print Detective Jack Stanley
2015 The Divine Tragedies Homer
2016 The Rift John Smith
2017 Dimension 404 Agent X Episode: "Polybius"
2019 John Henry Post-production


  1. ^ "BC Books Interviews Author Jonathan Maberry". Archived from the original on November 23, 2011.
  2. ^ Mayberry, Jonathan (2005). Bad Moon Rising. Pinnacle Press. ISBN 9781496705419.
  3. ^ "Horror Chronicles Features Debbie Rochon". Archived from the original on February 21, 2014.
  4. ^ "MTV Artist Focus On Tom Savini".
  5. ^ "Horror Unlimited Ingrid Pitt Award - Debbie Rochon".
  6. ^ "Ken Foree".
  7. ^ "Bad Boys 2, Ken Foree, Ulli Lommel, DC Sniper". Dread Central. January 12, 2010. Retrieved October 9, 2012.

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