John Kerr

Lawyer | * 11/15/1931 († 81, 02/02/2013) | New York, New York (United States of America (USA))
John Grinham Kerr (November 15, 1931 – February 2, 2013) was an American actor and attorney. He began his professional career on Broadway, earning critical acclaim for his performances in Mary Coyle Chase's Bernardine and Robert Anderson's Tea and Sympathy, before transitioning into a screen career. He reprised his role in the film version of Tea and Sympathy, which won him the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer, and portrayed Lieutenant Joseph Cable in the Rodgers and Hammerstein movie musical South Pacific. He subsequently appeared in number of television series, including a starring role on the primetime soap opera Peyton Place. In the 1970s, he largely moved away from acting to become a lawyer, making a few small cameos in Canadian-produced films like Plague and The Amateur. He operated a legal practice in Beverly Hills until 2000, when he retired from the profession. ()
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John Grinham Kerr (November 15, 1931 – February 2, 2013), was an American actor and lawyer. He made his Broadway debut in 1953 in Mary Coyle Chase's Bernardine, a high-school comedy for which he won a Theatre World Award. In 1953-54, he received critical acclaim as a troubled prep school student in Robert Anderson's play Tea and Sympathy. In 1954, he won a Tony Award for his performance, and he starred in the film version in 1956. Kerr's first television acting role was in 1954 on NBC's Justice as a basketball player who believes that gamblers have ruined his success on the court. His mother appeared with him on the series, which focuses on the cases of attorneys with the Legal Aid Society of New York. He made The Cobweb for MGM, who liked his work so much they co-starred him with Leslie Caron in Gaby (1956), the third remake of Waterloo Bridge, which, in its original pre-Code 1931 version, featured John's grandfather, actor Frederick Kerr. Kerr starred with Deborah Kerr (no relation) in Tea and Sympathy in 1956. In a widely publicized decision in 1956, Kerr declined to play the role of Charles Lindbergh in The Spirit of St. Louis because he did not respect Lindbergh's early support of the Nazi regime in Germany prior to America's entry into World War II. "I don't admire the ideals of the hero", Mr. Kerr told The New York Post. The part went to James Stewart. Kerr had a major role in the film 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 film 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. During the 1960s, Kerr guest starred on several TV series including The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Rawhide, Gunsmoke and Adam-12. He had a regular role on the ABC-TV primetime TV series, Peyton Place, playing District Attorney John Fowler during the 1965-66 season. Also in 1964-65 he appeared as guest star on several episodes of Twelve O'Clock High. In the 1970s, Kerr had a recurring role as prosecutor Gerald O'Brien on The Streets of San Francisco and he made guest appearances in several other TV programs including The Mod Squad, Columbo, McMillan and Wife, Barnaby Jones and The Feather and Father Gang. Kerr's last acting appearance was a minor role in The Park Is Mine (1986), a made-for-TV movie starring Tommy Lee Jones.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Crime | Action & Adventure

Known for these Movies & Shows

The Pit and the Pendulum


1961 | 3.4/5 | 1h 20min
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Tea and Sympathy

Certification unknown

1956 | 3.6/5 | 2h 2min
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The Cobweb

Certification unknown

1955 | 3.0/5 | 2h 4min
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South Pacific

Certification unknown

1958 | 3.2/5 | 2h 37min
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Awards & Nominations for John Kerr

Theatre World Award Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play Donaldson Awards
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Movies with John Kerr as Actor(15)

as MacPherson1979 Search and Destroy
as Detective #31978 The Silent Partner
as Gallagher - Trenier's Lawyer1973 Incident on a Dark Street
as Agent Jones1972 The Longest Night
as Capt. White1971 Yuma
as Francis Barnard1961 The Pit and the Pendulum
as Larry Taylor1960 Girl of the Night
as Mike Rule1960 The Crowded Sky
as Lt. Joseph Cable, USMC1958 South Pacific
as Ernesto Barandero1957 The Vintage
as Gregory Y. Wendell1956 Gaby
as Tom Robinson Lee1956 Tea and Sympathy
as Photo Lab Technician (uncredited)1955 The Quatermass Xperiment
as Steven W. Holte1955 The Cobweb

TV Shows/Series with John Kerr as Actor(43)

1973 Toma
1972 Search
as Roger Dutton1971 Columbo
as Father Billy Keaton1968 The Name of the Game
as Stuart Clark1968 The Name of the Game
as Creed Hallock1967 The High Chaparral
as SAC Gary Morgan1965 The F.B.I.
as Chicago Special Agent1965 The F.B.I.
as SAC William Converse1965 The F.B.I.
as S.A.C. Douglas Parker1965 The F.B.I.
as Clayton McGregor1965 The F.B.I.
as Alex Ryder1965 Run for Your Life
as Whitlock1964 Profiles in Courage
as Assistant Deputy District Attorney Barry Pine1963 Arrest and Trial
as Glendon Baker1962 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
as Oliver Smith1962 The Virginian
as Jonathan Winthrop1961 The Defenders
1959 Rawhide
as Jefferson Carruthers1959 Riverboat
as Lute1955 Gunsmoke
as Matt Sloane1954 Climax!
as Danny Barron/Steve Barron1954 Climax!
as Poggi1954 Climax!
as Peter Standish1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame
as Tony1950 Lux Video Theatre
as Derek Howard1949 Suspense
as The Boy1948 Studio One

Full Name: John Kerr
Born: Sunday, 11/15 1931 (November) in New York, New York (United States of America (USA))
Died: Saturday, 02/02 2013 (February) in Pasadena (aged: 81)
Zodiac sign: Scorpio (Chinese zodiac sign: Goat)
Educated at: Harvard Law School, UCLA School of Law, Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard University, University of California, Los Angeles
Father: Geoffrey Kerr
Mother: June Walker
Other names for John Kerr (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"John Grinham Kerr"
"John Kerr (Schauspieler)"
John Kerr frequently works together with these people:
Harry Townes (40x, Actor)
Royal Dano (36x, Actor)
James Gregory (34x, Actor)
Claude Akins (32x, Actor)
Gregg Palmer (30x, Actor)
Leslie Nielsen (29x, Actor)
Everett Sloane (29x, Actor)
Nina Foch (29x, Actress)
J. Pat O'Malley (28x, Actor)
Richard Kiley (28x, Actor)
James Daly (27x, Actor)
Richard Rodgers (4x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:73988, Added: 05/23/2018, Last updated: 03/26/2023