b. William Henry Berry, 23 March 1870, London, England, d. 2 May 1951, London, England. An immensely popular comedian, actor, and singer, who delighted West End audiences for more than 20 years before going into films, Berry initially appeared in the theatre in his spare time while pursuing a financial career in the City of London. After being spotted by the legendary producer George Edwardes, he appeared in several of his musical shows until Edwardes’ death in 1915. These included The Little Cherub (1906), Les Merveilleuses (1906), The Merry Widow (1907), Havana (1908), A Waltz Dream (1908), The Dollar Princess (1909), The Count Of Luxembourg (1911), and Gypsy Love (1912). He remained an important attraction in a variety of musicals such as A Country Girl (1914), Betty (1915), Tina (1915), High Jinks (1916), The Boy (1917), The Naughty Princess (1920), Who’s Hooper? (1919), The Golden Moth (1921), Head Over Heels (1923), Poppy (1924), The Blue Kitten (1925), The Bamboula (1925), Princess Charming (1926), Merry Merry (1929), and The Girl From Cook’s (1927). In 1934 he made his film debut as the amusing Police Constable Merks in the screen adaptation of Vivian Ellis’ stage hit Mister Cinders (1934). This was followed by roles in The Student’s Romance (1935), Royal Cavalcade (1935), Honours Easy (1935), Music Hath Charms (1935), Once In A Million (1936), A Star Fell From Heaven (1936), and She Knew What She Wanted (1936).