Who is Halle Berry’s father?

Jerome Jesse Berry is the late father of popular American actress, Halle Berry. Jerome is well-known for being an abusive father to the actress which shaded quite a negative spotlight on Jerome. The confessions of Halle about her traumatic childhood to the public and her forgiveness have raised curiosity among the people.

But what exactly did Jerome Jesse Berry do? Is he still alive? Let us go through his personal life.

Quick Info
Birth Name
Jerome Jesse Berry
Birth Date
August 1934
DeathJanuary 2003
Birth Place
Clarksdale, Mississippi
Obituary / Resting PlaceCleveland Memorial Gardens
Bob Berry
Lee Powell
Zodiac Sign
Afro Black
Judith Ann Hawkins (div. 1970)
Edwina Taylor
Heidi Berry-Henderson and
Maria Hale Berry, aka Halle Berry (With Judith)
Renee Berry (With Edwina)
Social Media
Former Veteran who served US Air Force
Net WorthN/A


Where was Jerome Jesse Berry born and raised?

 Jerome was born in August 1934 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. His exact birth date is not known yet. His mother’s name was Lee Powell and his father’s name was Bob Berry. He hasn’t been confused much regarding his childhood or siblings. But being a native of Mississippi, Jerome spent most of his childhood in his hometown.

Jerome has American nationality and African-American ethnicity. His educational background is yet another mystery to us.

Jerome Jesse Berry's daughters, Halle and Heide Berry
Jerome Jesse Berry’s daughters, Halle and Heide Berry Source: Instagram


Marriage and children

Jerome Jesse Berry was married two times. He first tied his knot to Judith Ann Hawkins on 3rd March 1964. Judith was an English immigrant and used to work as a psychiatric nurse in a psychiatric hospital in Cleveland. Jerome also used to work as a porter in the same hospital where he met Judith. The couple is believed to have fallen in love while working together and ended up getting married.

Jerome and Judith were blessed with Heidi Berry-Henderson in 1964 and Maria Hale Berry, aka Halle Berry in 1966.

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Divorce, Alcoholism, and Remarriage

Jerome Jesse Berry was an alcoholic after his marriage. He indulged himself in drinks and was violent towards his wife, Judith Ann Hawkins. His youngest daughter with Judith, Halle later confessed that Jerome used to beat his wife and throw her down the stairs and she had a traumatic childhood. The couple got divorced in 1970.

Jerome tied his knot for the second time with a woman named Edwina Taylor. The couple was blessed with a daughter named Renee Berry.


Forgiveness from his daughter, Halle Berry

Long after the death of Jerome Jesse Berry. His daughter, Halle posted a picture of Jerome Jesse Berry on Father’s Day on Instagram with a forgiveness note. She also later confessed that she was able to do so through a lot of therapy.

Jerome Jesse Berry's ex-wife and his daughter after winning Academy Award
Jerome Jesse Berry’s ex-wife and his daughter after winning Academy Award Source: Getty Images

Instagram and other social media accounts

Jerome Jesse Berry is not a social media user as he isn’t present on any social media platforms. But we can find his daughter, Halle Berry on social media platforms with over a hundred thousand followers. She has over 7.8 million followers on Instagram and over 4.1 million followers on Facebook. On Twitter, his daughter has over 673.3 thousand followers.

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When did Jerome Jesse Berry die?

Jerome passed away in January 2003 at the age of 68 years old. He was suffering from Parkinson’s disease and was living in a nursing home. He died in Euclid General Hospital in Euclid, Ohio and his obituary lies in Cleveland Memorial Gardens.


What did Jerome Jesse Berry look like?

There are only a handful of pictures of Jerome in public media and his daughter has only shared two pictures of him on Instagram. Talking about his physical description, he had afro black hair and black eyes. He was healthy and lived a normal life in his youth. However, as he grew old, he suffered from Parkinson’s disease.

Jerome Jesse Berry in his middle age as posted by her daughter, Halle Berry
Jerome Jesse Berry in his middle age as posted by her daughter, Halle Berry Source: Instagram

Is Jerome Jesse Berry related to Chuck Berry?

 Unfortunately, Jesse Berry and Chuck Berry are totally from different families. Chuck Terry is a famous American singer and songwriter who was born and raised in Missouri while Jerome is from Mississippi and from different parents. Jerome used to serve in the US Air Force. He also worked as a bus driver.


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