Father of Halle Berry

Jerome Jessie Berry, father of Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry, died Jan. 24 at a Cleveland nursing home where he was receiving care for Parkinson’s disease. He was 68.

Berry, an Air Force veteran, had been a bus driver for the Bluebird travel lines. He was a porter at a Cleveland psychiatric hospital when he met Halle Berry’s mother, Judith, who was a nurse. They later divorced.

Halle Berry has said in published reports that she was estranged from her father since her childhood.

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