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Berry Kroeger, Longtime Stage, Radio Actor, Dies at 78

January 11, 1991

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Actor Berry Kroeger, who appeared on stage opposite Helen Hayes and Ingrid Bergman and on the radio in ″Inner Sanctum″ and other hits, has died. He was 78.

Bill Wall, a longtime family friend, said Kroeger died Jan. 4 at Cedars- Sinai Medical Center of kidney failure.

Kroeger began his acting career on radio. He was a fixture on old radio serials such as ″Young Dr. Malone,″ ″The Falcon″ and ″Inner Sanctum.″

He also did guest appearances on ″The Lux Radio Theatre,″ Orson Welles’ ″The Mercury Theatre on the Air″ and ″The First Nighter Program,″ which brought Broadway plays into American living rooms.

Kroeger appeared with Hayes in several Broadway productions and opposite Bergman in ″Joan of Lorraine.″

Stage roles brought Kroeger to Hollywood. He did character work in such movies as ″The Iron Curtain,″ ″Cry of the City,″ ″Down to the Sea in Ships,″ ″Blood Alley,″ ″The Mephisto Waltz″ and several others.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Agnes, and a sister. A funeral service was scheduled for Sunday.

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