News of the February 2nd passing of actor John Kerr was released this afternoon. Kerr was 81 years old.
Kerr grew up in a theatrical family, following both of his parents, Geoffrey Kerr and June Walker, into the acting profession. He broke into films in 1955's "The Cobweb," after his Tony-winning triumph in the original Broadway production of Robert Anderson’s "Tea And Sympathy" as the troubled youth involved with an older woman, who tells him, “Years from now, when you talk about this — and you will — be kind.”.
It was a role he would go on to play in Vincente Minelli's 1956 film adaptation.
After sizable roles in such films as "The Vintage," "Waterloo Bridge" and South Pacific," Kerr went to appear in Roger Corman's "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "Seven Women from Hell," both 1961. After that, Kerr worked exclusively in television, on such series as "Peyton Place," "The F.B.I.," and "The Streets of San Francisco," often as a lawyer or a cop. Working steadily through 1977, Kerr retired from acting, returning for the 1986 made-for-television movie "The Park is Mine" before calling it a career.
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