Berry Kroeger, 78, veteran character actor, died of Jan. 4 in Los Angeles of kidney failure.

Kroeger began his career in radio on such shows as “Lux Radio Theater,” “First Nighter” and “The Mercury Theater.”

He appeared on Broadway in “Joan Of Lorraine” with Ingrid Bergman. It was there that director William Wellman saw him and cast him in the 1948 film “The Iron Curtain.”

From there, he signed a contract with 20th Century Fox, working on several films, including “Gun Crazy,” which turned into a cult favorite in the gangster genre.

He also worked in tv and locally on stage.

Survived by his wife, Mary Agnes Kroeger, and sister.

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