John Kerr (actor)

American actor and lawyer

John Grinham Kerr (November 15, 1931 – February 2, 2013) was an American actor who worked in movies, television and on stage. He was also a lawyer. He won a Tony Award in 1954.

John Kerr
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Kerr in 1957
John Grinham Kerr

(1931-11-15)November 15, 1931
DiedFebruary 2, 2013(2013-02-02) (aged 81)
Cause of deathHeart failure
Alma materHarvard University
UCLA Law School
OccupationActor and Lawyer
Years active1953–1986
Spouse(s)Priscilla Smith (1952-1972; divorced); 3 children
Barbara Chu (1979-2013; his death); 2 step-children

Early lifeEdit

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.


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 lifeEdit

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.


Kerr died on February 2, 2013 in Pasadena, California from heart failure, aged 81.[1]


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