John Kerr (actor)
Kerr in 1957
John Grinham Kerr
November 15, 1931
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||February 2, 2013 (aged 81)|
|Cause of death||Heart failure|
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
UCLA Law School
|Occupation||Actor and Lawyer|
|Spouse(s)||Priscilla Smith (1952-1972; divorced); 3 children|
Barbara Chu (1979-2013; his death); 2 step-children
Early life[change | change source]
Kerr was born on November 15, 1931 in New York City, New York. His parents were British actor Geoffrey Kerr and American actress June Walker. He studied at Phillips Exeter Academy and at Harvard University.
Career[change | change source]
Kerr had a major role in the movie version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific (1958), playing Lt. Joe Cable, the newly arrived marine about to be sent on a dangerous spy mission.
In The Crowded Sky (1960), Kerr played a pilot who helps the Captain (Dana Andrews) steer a crippled airliner back to earth. Another movie appearance was in Roger Corman's The Pit and the Pendulum (1961). In 1963, Kerr had a continuing role on "Arrest and Trial", playing Assistant DA Barry Pine.
Personal life[change | change source]
Kerr was married to Priscilla Smith from 1952 until they divorced in 1972. Then he was married to Barbara Chu from 1979 until his death in 2013. He had three children with Smith.