Conchata Ferrell–‘Krampus’, ‘Edward Scissorhands’–Passes Away

Conchata Ferrell–the versatile actress best known for her supporting role on a popular sitcom, but who also appeared in several genre films–passed away this week. She was 77.

Ferrell–who passed away in Sherman Oaks, Calif. due to “complications following from a cardiac arrest”–played the irascible housekeeper Berta for all 12 seasons of Two and a Half Men, and also had key roles in Krampus (her final film role) and Edward Scissorhands, as reported by Deadline.

Ferrell played Aunt Dorothy in Krampus (2015), a character known for her love of peppermint Schnapps. Dorothy eventually became one of Krampus’ unfortunate victims. Ferrell also appeared in Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands (1990), playing Helen, a nosy neighbor who just had to butt into everyone’s affairs.

Mike Dougherty, who directed Ferrell in Krampus, this week tweeted his condolences. “From Network to True Romance to Edward Scissorhands,” he wrote, “Conchata Ferrell was an underappreciated acting legend who could bring a smile to your face just by walking into the room. Rest in peace, Aunt Dorothy.”

Ferrell’s numerous roles on the small screen also included guest spots on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. The actress was recognized for her contributions with three Emmy Award nominations over her long career.

Ferrell is survived by her husband Arnie and her daughter Samantha. The family has requested donations be made to TheLovelandFoundation.org and ASPCA.org in her memory in lieu of flowers.

The staff of Horror News Network extends its condolences to Ferrell’s family, friends and colleagues.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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