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John Kerr

Performer
( b. Nov 15, 1931 New York, New York, USA - d. Feb 02, 2013 Los Angeles, California, USA ) Male
Relations: Grandson of Frederick Kerr
Son of June Walker
Son of Geoffrey Kerr
In 1957 Mr. Kerr appeared in the film version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “South Pacific” playing Lt. Joseph Cable, whose racial prejudice keeps him from marrying the girl he loves.

Mr. Kerr had stage, film and television roles throughout the 1950s. He played opposite Leslie Caron in “Gaby” (1956), a movie about a doomed love affair in London during World War II, and appeared on television series like “The Alcoa Hour” and “Playhouse 90.”

He was offered the Lindbergh role in 1956 for the Warner Brothers film “The Spirit of St. Louis,” about Lindbergh’s historic trans-Atlantic flight. His decision to turn it down was widely publicized.

Mr. Kerr won the Tony in 1954 for his role in the Broadway production of Robert Anderson’s Tea and Sympathy. He played a sensitive teenager whose prep school classmates torment him because they assume he is gay. When he starred in the 1956 film version, MGM avoided mention of homosexuality by having his tormentors harass him for being a sissified “sister boy.”

Source: The New York Times



Productions Date of Productions
Cue for Passion
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Starring: John Kerr [Tony Burgess]
Nov 25, 1958 - Dec 27, 1958
The Infernal Machine
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: John Kerr [Oedipus]
Feb 03, 1958 - Mar 09, 1958
All Summer Long
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: John Kerr [Don]
Sep 23, 1954 - Nov 13, 1954
Tea and Sympathy
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Also Starring: John Kerr [Tom Lee]
Sep 30, 1953 - Jun 18, 1955
Bernardine
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Starring: John Kerr [Arthur Beaumont]
Oct 16, 1952 - Feb 28, 1953
1954 Tony Award® Best Featured Actor in a Play
winnerTea and Sympathy [winner]
Also Starring: John Kerr
1953 Theatre World Award
nomineeBernardine [recipient]
Starring: John Kerr
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