Several people have gained the limelight through their connections with renowned personalities and DeShannon Berry can be regarded as one of them. He is known to the world because of his famous father, Fred Allen Berry.
DeShannon Berry’s Family
DeShannon Berry is the son of the late famous TV actor Fred Berry and his fourth wife; Essie Berry. Fred Allen Berry was born on March 19, 1951, in St. Louis, Missouri, and grew up in an inner-city housing estate. He had aspirations of becoming a successful dancer and actor as a child. Fred was married six times to four different women, the first two of whom he married twice each. His wives were: Franchesska Berry (1976–1980), Carol Ann Ross (1984–1991), Darlene Bitten (1994–1999), and Essie Berry (1999–2003).
On October 21, 2003, Fred was found dead at his Los Angeles home, where he was recovering from a stroke. Essie remained his wife till his death. Apart from DeShannon, Fred had two more children, a daughter named Portia and a son named Fred Berry Jr. aka Freddy. Fred had a turbulent life struggling between food, alcohol, sex addictions, and drugs to the point that he started battling with life-threatening obesity.
In a 1996 interview, he said that he had been experimenting with drugs and alcohol since he was a teenager, but as he became more successful, he could afford more drugs. He had attempted suicide three times, but later recovered and spent his time visiting many churches. During the 1990s, he became a motivational speaker and Baptist minister.
DeShannon Berry’s Net Worth
DeShannon Berry has gained popularity owing to the name and fame of his father. But he has kept his personal life under wraps and away from the paparazzi. He is not active on any social media platforms, so there is no information available on the web about his career path or net income. On the other hand, his siblings, seem to be following the path of their father and making their way into the entertainment industry.
DeShannon‘s sister, Portia is very active on social media and has even collaborated with some brands. His brother, Freddy is a TV producer and director and is known for ‘Bag of Cats’ and ‘Penthouse Bachelor’. DeShannon’s father, Fred Berry was an American actor and street dancer. Early in his career, he was a member of the Los Angeles-based dance troupe The Lockers, with whom he appeared on the third episode of Saturday Night Live in 1975.
Fred achieved more widespread fame playing the character Freddie “Rerun” Stubbs on the ABC sitcom “What’s Happening!!”, which aired from 1976 to 1979 as he was in his mid-20s and returned to reprise his role as Rerun in the series “What’s Happening Now!!”. He had a net worth of more than $10 million.