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Overview (3)

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Birth NameKentotis Alvin Foree
Height 6' 5" (1.96 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Large, likable, and muscular actor Ken Foree was born as Kentotis Alvin Foree on February 29, 1948, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Foree attended Loyola University in Chicago and studied acting at Michael Shulman's Performing Gallery in New York City. He began his career in off-Broadway theater and worked as an assistant manager at a restaurant in Greenwich Village, in order to keep himself afloat during his salad days.

Ken made his film debut in The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976). He has since amassed a substantial array of often strong and commanding characters on either side of the law in both movies and television, alike. Foree gave a fine and impressive performance as tough swat team officer, "Peter Washington", in George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead (1978). He also had a sizable supporting part in Romero's offbeat follow-up feature, Knightriders (1981). Ken was marvelously engaging as affable cop, Buford "Bubba" Brownlee, in Stuart Gordon's From Beyond (1986) and was, once again, solid as rugged survivalist "Benny" in Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990). Foree portrayed hard-nosed police officers in such pictures as The Dentist (1996), Sleepstalker (1995), True Blood (1989) and Terror Squad (1988). He had a cameo as a stern televangelist in the Dawn of the Dead (2004) remake by Zack Snyder. More recently, Ken had a terrific role as super mack daddy pimp, "Charlie Altamont", in The Devil's Rejects (2005) and made a brief-yet-memorable appearance as rough-n-tumble truck driver, "Big Joe Grizzley", in the remake of Halloween (2007) by Rob Zombie. Foree showed a softer and more sensitive side as "Roger Rockmore" on the hit Nickelodeon TV series, Kenan & Kel (1996). He also played a recurring part on the popular daytime soap opera General Hospital (1963). Among the TV shows on which Ken has done guest spots are Due South (1994), The X-Files (1993), Babylon 5 (1994), Matlock (1986), Dallas (1978), Cheers (1982), Quantum Leap (1989), Hunter (1984), Beauty and the Beast (1987), Moonlighting (1985), Knight Rider (1982), The Fall Guy (1981), Benson (1979), The A-Team (1983), Hill Street Blues (1981), The Dukes of Hazzard (1979) and Kojak (1973). His hobbies include surfing, boxing, weightlifting and watching basketball. In addition, Foree enjoys history and traveling. Ken Foree lives in Los Angeles.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: woodyanders

Trivia (8)

Owned a restaurant, Deli Lite, in California.
When playing the televangelist in the Dawn of the Dead (2004) remake, he quoted the same line he said as Peter in Dawn of the Dead (1978): "When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth."
Foree Electronics, the store that employs Shaun in Shaun of the Dead (2004), is named after Ken Foree as an inside joke.
His fellow Dawn of the Dead (1978) co-star Gaylen Ross also hails from Indianapolis, Indiana.
Avid Motorcylist.
Drives a Blue Cadillac similar to the one used in The Devil's Rejects (2005).
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, Brinke Stevens, James Gunn, Stephen Susco, Debbie Rochon, John Bloom (aka "Joe Bob Briggs") and blues-man Mem Shannon.
Lives in Victorville,California.

Personal Quotes (4)

Great films always hold up. If you can't appreciate the great silent movie All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) and Saving Private Ryan (1998) in the same breath, you are missing a whole lot. The same rules apply to horror films: the great ones will always have legs.
I've had a varied career. Some fans remember me as the actor who always plays the heavy; others say I always play the police detective. Dawn of the Dead (1978) had some influence on my being brought aboard on a few projects, I'm sure. I am just a working actor, although I do believe in fate.
[on film conventions] I enjoy people, especially people who like me. Conventions and film festivals are where the fans congregate. I can't speak for other celebrities, but for me nothing is better than watching movies and talking to the folks who love me. Call me crazy!
[on horror films] I am a fan, you know. I grew up with the scare-me-to-death kind of chills every Friday night on Chiller Theater or whatever the Friday night scary movie series was in my home town. I grew up with that, wanting to be afraid and terrorizing my brothers.

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