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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.

Description above from the Wikipedia article John Kerr (actor), licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.  

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.

Description above from the Wikipedia article John Kerr (actor), licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender -

Known Credits 44

Birthday 1931-11-15

Day of Death 2013-02-02

Place of Birth New York, New York, USA

Official Site -

Also Known As

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1985 The Ray Bradbury Theater (1 episode)
1979 Search and Destroy as MacPherson
1978 The Silent Partner as Detective #3
1976 The New Avengers (1 episode)
1975 Switch (1 episode)
1973 Police Story (5 episodes)
1973 Toma (1 episode)
1973 Incident on a Dark Street as Gallagher - Trenier's Lawyer
1972 The Streets of San Francisco (8 episodes)
1972 Search (1 episode)
1972 The Longest Night as Agent Jones
1972 The Rookies (1 episode)
1971 Columbo (1 episode) as Col. Roger Dutton
1971 Alias Smith and Jones (1 episode)
1970 Yuma as Captain White
1968 The Mod Squad (2 episodes)
1967 The High Chaparral (1 episode)
1965 The F.B.I. (7 episodes)
1965 The Long, Hot Summer (26 episodes)
1965 Run for Your Life (1 episode)
1964 Profiles in Courage (1 episode)
1963 Arrest and Trial (29 episodes) as Assistant Deputy District Attorney Barry Pine
1962 The Virginian (1 episode)
1961 Bus Stop (1 episode)
1961 The Pit and the Pendulum as Francis
1960 Girl of the Night as Larry Taylor
1960 The Crowded Sky as Mike Rule
1959 Riverboat (1 episode)
1959 Rawhide (1 episode)
1958 South Pacific as Lt. Joseph Cable, USMC
1957 The Vintage as Ernesto Barandero
1956 Tea and Sympathy as Tom Robinson Lee
1956 Gaby as Gregory Y. Wendell
1955 Gunsmoke (1 episode)
1955 The Quatermass Xperiment as Photo Lab Technician (uncredited)
1955 The Cobweb as Steven W. Holte
1954 Climax! (3 episodes)
1953 The United States Steel Hour (1 episode)
1953 General Electric Theater (1 episode)
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame (2 episodes)
1950 Lux Video Theatre (1 episode)
1949 Suspense (2 episodes)
1948 Studio One (2 episodes)
1948 The Philco Television Playhouse (1 episode)

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