[9][6], 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. There was also a sense that it was not as good as the show, and I think it really did affect everyone. Who makes our top album releases for October 2020? Stay abreast of discount offers for great theater, on Broadway or in select cities. He was cremated and his ashes given to his widow. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? The role was successful enough that not only did he win his Tony, but he also reprised the role for another turn in 1956. During the 1960s, Kerr guest starred on several TV series including The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Rawhide, Gunsmoke and Adam-12. ", He was cast by Roger Corman as a dour young man investigating the death of his sister in The Pit and the Pendulum (1961), co-starring Vincent Price and Barbara Steele: "I knew that Corman's House of Usher had been very successful, and I really liked Vincent Price. In 1954, he won a Tony Award, New York Drama Critics Award, and Donaldson Award for his performance,[5] and he later starred in the film version in 1956. 7 Published on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 | 11:19 am. His parents, Geoffrey Kerr and June Walker, were both stage and film actors, as was his paternal grandfather, Frederick Kerr. For what is possibly the best queer anthem of the year, King Princess unveils a brand new video starring an AI version of herself. [3], On February 2, 2013, Kerr died of heart failure at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, California. Gaby (1956) was the story of a soldier who while on leave falls in love with a dancer, who later turns to prostitution. After The Vintage (1957), a tedious tale of two Italian fugitives seeking refuge in a vineyard, Kerr was given the plum role of the confused Lieutenant Joe Cable in the film version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific (1958). Though the film was a box-office hit it did little good for its stars. For Advertising, Call (626) 737-8486 Ext. 8, Eddie Rivera | erivera@pasadenanowmagazine.com The publication will remain free to readers and will not erect paywalls. Later in his life, Kerr attended UCLA Law School, and after passing the bar exam, pursued a full-time career as a lawyer in Los Angeles. Another film appearance was in Roger Corman's The Pit and the Pendulum (1961). He retired in 2000. He married Barbara Chu in 1979. [citation needed]. John Grinham Kerr (November 15, 1931 – February 2, 2013) was an American actor and attorney. He was married to Barbara Chu from 1979 until his death in 2013. Kerr was married twice, to Priscilla Smith in 1952, then divorcing her in 1972, going on to marry Barbara Chu in 1979. He went on to appear on Broadway in All Summer Long, The Infernal Machine, and Cue for Passion, as well as Tea and Sympathy. He made several appearances on live TV drama before he was cast in the Broadway play Tea and Sympathy (1953) as Tom Lee, a college boy ridiculed by his colleagues for his "unmanly" dislike of sports, his skill at sewing and cooking, and his ambition to be a folk singer. In 1951 he met Priscilla Smith while taking a class in Serbo-Croatian language and literature at Harvard. It's impossible not to feel for Justin Bieber after watching the video for his latest single 'Lonely' performed with producer Benny Blanco. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. On February 2, 2013, Kerr died of heart failure at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, California. 7, Candice Merrill, Co-Publisher | editor@pasadenanowmagazine.com Ironically, after leaving the soap opera, Kerr later became a lawyer specializing in personal injury law. Also in 1964-65 he appeared as guest star on several episodes of Twelve O'Clock High. Your email address will not be published. Kerr went on to reprise the role in a 1956 film version. He had an important role in the stage play "Bernadine" in 1952, and achieved real recognition for the sensitive lead part of Tom Robinson Lee in the 1953 stage production of "Tea and Sympathy", a role he recreated in the 1956 film version. He was a wonderful man, erudite about art and everything. John Grinham Kerr, actor and lawyer: born New York 15 November 1931; married 1952 Priscilla Smith (divorced 1972; one son, two daughters), 1979 Barbara Chu; died Pasadena 2 February 2013. Listen to Little Suspicions' debut single 'Wasting All My Time'. He grew up in the New York City area, and went to Phillips Exeter Academy in New England;[2] after graduating from Harvard,[3] he worked at the nearby Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts and in summer stock.

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