Marvin Berry
Marvin Berry
Age 30s
Status Alive (in 1955)
Height 5'7"
Weight 134
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Black
Portrayed By Harry Waters, Jr.

Marvin Berry was the lead singer of Marvin Berry and the Starlighters. He was the cousin of Chuck Berry.

Back To The Future

Marvin and his band performed at the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance in 1955.

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Marvin and the Starlighters come out of their car while talking to Skinhead, Match, and 3-D

After finishing a set, Marvin and the rest of the band went to their car for a smoke break. While they were in the car, Marty McFly was thrown into the trunk by Biff Tannen's gang. The band chased the gang away, but the trunk was closed with the keys locked inside. In an effort to free Marty, Marvin used a screwdriver to open the trunk, but badly cut his hand when the screwdriver slipped. Marvin was left unable to play the guitar for the rest of the night.


Marvin calling his cousin, Chuck Berry

Marty gladly played the guitar for the band. After singing "Earth Angel", Marvin asked if Marty would like to do one more number; something that "really cooks". Marty agreed to play one more song and chose "Johnny B. Goode". Initially impressed, Marvin called his cousin Chuck, holding out the receiver at arm's length so as to allow him to hear the "new sound". By the time Chuck was listening, however, Marty had segued into playing heavy metal, a "new sound" that nobody was quite ready for in 1955. (What Chuck thought of the "new sound" remains unrecorded.)


Marvin singing "Earth Angel"

Not surprisingly, Marvin was left somewhat bewildered as Marty handed back the guitar.