Ken Foree

Ken Foree

Foree attending Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors, January 2007
Born (1948-02-29) February 29, 1948
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1976–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.

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.

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".

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]

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]


Year Film Role Other notes
1976 The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings Honey, Potter's Goon
1978 Dawn of the Dead Peter
1979 The Wanderers Black Sportsman
The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Python player uncredited
1981 Knightriders Little John
1986 From Beyond Buford 'Bubba' Brownlee
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling Big Joke
1987 Terror Squad Deputy Brown
1988 Death Spa Marvin
1989 True Blood Det. Charlie Gates
Phantom of the Mall: Eric's Revenge Acardi
1990 Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III Benny
Taking Care of Business J.B., Prisoner making demands
Fatal Charm Willy
Without You I'm Nothing Emcee (M.C.)
Down the Drain Buckley
1991 Night of the Warrior Oliver
Diplomatic Immunity Del Roy Gaines
Hangfire Billy
1993 Joshua Tree Eddie Turner
1994 Viper Harley Trueblood
1995 Sleepstalker Detective Rolands
1996 The Dentist Detective Gibbs
Kenan and Kel (TV) Roger Rockmore
2000 Two Heads Are Better Than None Roger
2004 Dawn of the Dead The Televangelist
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Pedestrian
2005 The Devil's Rejects Charlie Altamont
Brotherhood of Blood Stanis
2006 The Devil's Den Leonard
2007 Splatter Disco Shank Chubb
Halloween Big Joe Grizzley
Black Santa's Revenge Black Santa
Brutal Massacre: A Comedy Carl
Live Evil Max
2008 Dead Bones The Bartender
Cut, Print Jack Stanley Orlando Entertainment
2009 Zone of the Dead Mortimer Reyes
D.C. Sniper John Allen Muhammad[8]
Bind [9]
2011 Water for Elephants Earl
2012 The Lords of Salem Herman Jackson
2012 Cut/Print Detective Jack Stanley
2015 The Divine Tragedies Homer
2016 The Rift John Smith


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