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Ken Foree
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Foree attending Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors, January 2007
Born (1948-02-29) February 29, 1948 (age 71)
Occupation Actor
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 .

Horror film Film genre

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<i>Dawn of the Dead</i> (1978 film) 1978 horror film directed by George A. Romero

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Early life and career

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 and the films The Wanderers and Dawn of the Dead . [1] 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.

Indianapolis State capital and Consolidated city-county in the United States

Indianapolis, often shortened to Indy, is the state capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Indiana and the seat of Marion County. According to 2017 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, the consolidated population of Indianapolis and Marion County was 872,680. The "balance" population, which excludes semi-autonomous municipalities in Marion County, was 863,002. It is the 16th most populous city in the U.S. The Indianapolis metropolitan area is the 34th most populous metropolitan statistical area in the U.S., with 2,028,614 residents. Its combined statistical area ranks 27th, with a population of 2,411,086. Indianapolis covers 368 square miles (950 km2), making it the 16th largest city by land area in the U.S.

<i>The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings</i> 1976 film by John Badham

The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings is a 1976 sports comedy film about a team of enterprising ex-Negro League baseball players in the era of racial segregation. Loosely based upon William Brashler's novel of the same name, it starred Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones and Richard Pryor. Directed by John Badham, the movie was produced by Berry Gordy for Motown Productions and Rob Cohen for Universal Pictures, and released by Universal on July 16, 1976.

<i>The Wanderers</i> (1979 film) 1979 film directed by Philip Kaufman

The Wanderers is a 1979 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Philip Kaufman and starring Ken Wahl, John Friedrich, Karen Allen and Toni Kalem. Set in the Bronx in 1963, the film follows a gang of Italian-American teenagers known as the Wanderers and their ongoing power struggles with rival gangs such as the Baldies and the Wongs.

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".

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<i>Shaun of the Dead</i> 2004 film by Edgar Wright

Shaun of the Dead is a 2004 horror comedy film directed by Edgar Wright, co-written by Wright and Simon Pegg, and starring Pegg and Nick Frost. Pegg plays Shaun, a directionless Londoner who is caught in an apocalyptic zombie uprising. The film was a critical and commercial success and was nominated for a BAFTA. It is the first in Wright and Pegg's Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, followed by 2007's Hot Fuzz and 2013's The World's End.

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. [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

The Pine Deep Trilogy is a series of supernatural horror novels by Jonathan Maberry. The series is set in Pine Deep, a fictional rural Pennsylvania town that becomes plagued by an evil force thought previously killed thirty years ago. In the books the town is considered to be "the most haunted town in America" and has a booming supernatural tourism industry based around the town's history and Halloween. The trilogy is composed of Ghost Road Blues, Dead Man's Song, and Bad Moon Rising.

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Tom Savini American actor, stuntman, director and makeup artist

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Foree Fest

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. [7]


YearFilmRoleOther 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 playerUncredited
1981 Knightriders Little John
The Dukes of Hazzard RolloEpisode: "State of the County"
1984 Knight Rider DantonEpisode: "Knight in Disgrace"
1985 Hunter Louis McMahonEpisode: "Guilty:
Knight Rider Spider-ManEpisode: "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 MorleyEpisode: "A Kingdom by the Sea"
1990 Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III Benny
Taking Care of Business J.B., Prisoner making demands
Fatal Charm WillyVideo
Without You I'm Nothing Emcee (M.C.)
Down the DrainBuckley
Quantum Leap The BrushEpisode: "Pool Hall Blues"
Matlock Billy LeonEpisode: "The Fighter"
1991Night of the WarriorOliver The Flash WhisperEpisode: "Beat the Clock"
Diplomatic Immunity Del Roy Gaines
The Heroes of Desert Storm Sergeant Leroy Ford
1992 General Hospital (TV)KrisUnknown episodes
Final Shot: The Hank Gathers Story First USC Coach
1993 Joshua Tree Eddie Turner
1994 Viper Harley Trueblood
1995 Sleepstalker Detective RolandsVideo
Babylon 5 (TV)P.F.C. LargeEpisode Gropos
The X-Files Vincent ParmellyEpisode The List
1996 Due South Macon LacroixEpisode: "The Edge"
The Dentist Detective Gibbs
1996-2000 Kenan and Kel Roger Rockmore60 episodes
2001 The Nightmare Room CoachEpisode: "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
2007Splatter DiscoShank ChubbVideo
Halloween Big Joe Grizzley
Black Santa's RevengeBlack SantaShort film
Brutal Massacre: A Comedy Carl
Brotherhood of Blood Stanis
2008Dead BonesThe Bartender
Cut, PrintJack StanleyOrlando 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 [8] Video
2011 Water for Elephants Earl
2012 The Lords of Salem Herman Jackson
2012Cut/PrintDetective Jack Stanley
2015The Divine TragediesHomer
2016The RiftJohn Smith
2017 Dimension 404 Agent XEpisode: "Polybius"
2019 John Henry Post-production

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