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William 'Bill' Kerr (born 1922) is an Australian film and television actor. He was born into a performing arts family in Cape Town, South Africa, but grew up in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia.

He began working as a child actor in depression era Australia, taking his first major role in The Silence of Dean Maitland, one of Australia's first talking films.

After serving in the Second World War, Kerr moved to England to further his acting career, and during the 1940s he was regularly featured in the BBC radio series Variety Bandbox. His trademark was his catch phrase "I'm only here for 4 minutes..."

In the 1950s, he had a recurring role as an Australian lodger in the BBC radio comedy series Hancock's Half Hour. Initially sharper than Hancock's characterisation, it was developed into a more dim-witted character who became the butt of Hancock's jokes. His television appearances in Britain include a 1968 Doctor Who story called The Enemy of the World, with Patrick Troughton, and a long running part in the early 1960s BBC-TV soap, Compact.

Bill Kerr had much theatrical success in Britain, playing The Devil in the original West End production of Damn Yankees, directed by Bob Fosse, and Cole. He also worked with Spike Milligan. He appeared in Milligan and John Antrobus's stage play The Bed-Sitting Room, which opened at the Mermaid Theatre on 31 January 1963. A subsequent production opened on 3 May 1967 at the Saville Theatre, and "a cast containing an unusually high proportion of Australian actors including Bill Kerr and David Nettheim." Then in 1972 he co-starred with Anthony Newley in the long running Newley/Bricusse musical, The Good Old Bad Old Days. In 1975, Kerr took the part of Bluey Notts, described as "an Australian bookie's clerk, a crude racialist", in The Melting Pot. This was a sitcom written by Spike Milligan and Neil Shand, which was cancelled by the BBC after just one episode had been broadcast.

He also appeared in several British films, including The Dam Busters and The Wrong Arm of the Law, before moving back to Australia. Although probably best known as a comic actor, and especially for his appearances in Hancock's Half Hour, he has since played a number of serious roles, notably in Peter Weir's films Gallipoli (1981) and The Year of Living Dangerously (1982). He also worked on the Australian stage in the 1980s, in musicals such as My Fair Lady, where he received excellent reviews as Alfred Doolittle. In 2001, he appeared in the Australian comedy Let's Get Skase.

Kerr also appeared in Glenview High and the 1998 television comedy series Minty.

Kerr has also been involved in documentaries, providing the narration for No Survivor - The Mysterious Loss of HMAS Sydney Nine Network Australia (1995), Malice or Mutiny for the ABC Australia 2003 and Animal X Natural Mystery Unit series for Discovery in the US, TV2 Norway and many others.

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

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.  

William 'Bill' Kerr (born 1922) is an Australian film and television actor. He was born into a performing arts family in Cape Town, South Africa, but grew up in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia.

He began working as a child actor in depression era Australia, taking his first major role in The Silence of Dean Maitland, one of Australia's first talking films.

After serving in the Second World War, Kerr moved to England to further his acting career, and during the 1940s he was regularly featured in the BBC radio series Variety Bandbox. His trademark was his catch phrase "I'm only here for 4 minutes..."

In the 1950s, he had a recurring role as an Australian lodger in the BBC radio comedy series Hancock's Half Hour. Initially sharper than Hancock's characterisation, it was developed into a more dim-witted character who became the butt of Hancock's jokes. His television appearances in Britain include a 1968 Doctor Who story called The Enemy of the World, with Patrick Troughton, and a long running part in the early 1960s BBC-TV soap, Compact.

Bill Kerr had much theatrical success in Britain, playing The Devil in the original West End production of Damn Yankees, directed by Bob Fosse, and Cole. He also worked with Spike Milligan. He appeared in Milligan and John Antrobus's stage play The Bed-Sitting Room, which opened at the Mermaid Theatre on 31 January 1963. A subsequent production opened on 3 May 1967 at the Saville Theatre, and "a cast containing an unusually high proportion of Australian actors including Bill Kerr and David Nettheim." Then in 1972 he co-starred with Anthony Newley in the long running Newley/Bricusse musical, The Good Old Bad Old Days. In 1975, Kerr took the part of Bluey Notts, described as "an Australian bookie's clerk, a crude racialist", in The Melting Pot. This was a sitcom written by Spike Milligan and Neil Shand, which was cancelled by the BBC after just one episode had been broadcast.

He also appeared in several British films, including The Dam Busters and The Wrong Arm of the Law, before moving back to Australia. Although probably best known as a comic actor, and especially for his appearances in Hancock's Half Hour, he has since played a number of serious roles, notably in Peter Weir's films Gallipoli (1981) and The Year of Living Dangerously (1982). He also worked on the Australian stage in the 1980s, in musicals such as My Fair Lady, where he received excellent reviews as Alfred Doolittle. In 2001, he appeared in the Australian comedy Let's Get Skase.

Kerr also appeared in Glenview High and the 1998 television comedy series Minty.

Kerr has also been involved in documentaries, providing the narration for No Survivor - The Mysterious Loss of HMAS Sydney Nine Network Australia (1995), Malice or Mutiny for the ABC Australia 2003 and Animal X Natural Mystery Unit series for Discovery in the US, TV2 Norway and many others.

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

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 44

Birthday 1922-06-10

Place of Birth Cape Town, South Africa

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • William Henry Kerr
  • Willie Kerr

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2003 Peter Pan as Fairy Guide
2001 Let's Get Skase as Mitchell Vendieks
2001 Changi (6 episodes)
1997 Animal X (32 episodes)
1993 Ship to Shore (1 episode)
1991 The River Kings (4 episodes) as Captain Elijah
1991 Sweet Talker
1990 The New Adventures of Black Beauty (40 episodes)
1989 Kokoda Crescent as Russ
1987 Bushfire Moon as Trevor Watson
1987 The Lighthorsemen as General Harry Chauvel
1987 Rob Roy
1986 A Fortunate Life (4 episodes) as Narrator (voice)
1985 The Coca-Cola Kid as T. George McDowell
1984 Vigil as Birdie
1984 The Settlement as Kearney
1984 Razorback as Jake Cullen
1984 Ghost in the Noonday Sun as Giacomo
1983 Dusty as Tom Lincoln
1983 Return to Eden (2 episodes)
1982 The Year of Living Dangerously as Colonel Henderson
1982 The Pirate Movie as Major General
1982 Deadline as Willliam Ashby
1981 Gallipoli as Jack
1977 Glenview High (39 episodes)
1976 House of Mortal Sin as Mr. Davey as Mrs. Davey
1975 Girls Come First as Hugh Jampton
1968 Doctor Who: The Enemy of the World
1966 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum as Gladiator-in-Training
1963 Doctor Who (6 episodes)
1963 Doctor in Distress
1963 The Wrong Arm of the Law as Jack Coombes
1962 Compact (370 episodes)
1960 Citizen James (32 episodes)
1959 No Hiding Place (1 episode)
1959 Garry Halliday (51 episodes)
1959 The Captain's Table as Bill Coke
1956 Hancock's Half Hour (76 episodes)
1956 Port of Escape as Dinty Missouri
1955 The Night My Number Came Up as Soldier
1955 The Dam Busters as Flight Lieutenant H. B. Martin, D.S.O., D.F.C., A.F.C.
1953 Appointment in London as Flight Lieutenant Bill Brown
1952 My Death Is a Mockery
1933 Harmony Row as Leonard

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