John Kerr Dead at 81 – Starred in THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM
Mostly a TV actor, but John Kerr did star in my favorite Vincent Price film THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM as Francis Barnard, who creeped along the the dank corridors and musty passageways of Price’s Spanish castle while investigating the death of his sister. No one can forget the last minutes of the film where Kerr was almost disemboweled while tied to the title device. Kerr also had major roles in the musical SOUTH PACIFIC (1958) and TEA AND SYMPATHY (1956). No word on the cause of death, his website (http://www.fitweb.or.jp/~johnkerr/) simply posted: “John Kerr passed away on Saturday February 2, 2013. It was sudden and he had no pain. With deepest regret, Barbara and his family.”
John Kerr, a Tony winner and the star of the films “Tea and Sympathy” and “South Pacific,” died suddenly after a short illness on Feb. 2. He was 81. Kerr began his acting career on the stage, making his Broadway debut in “Bernardine” in 1953. He won a Tony for his role as a sensitive, effeminate schoolboy in the Robert Anderson play “Tea and Sympathy” and starred with Deborah Kerr (no relation) in the 1956 film version. He played Lt. Joe Cable, who grows beyond the racism he learned as a child, in the 1958 film version of Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “South Pacific.”……………..
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Here‘s an interview with Kerr where he discusses working with Vincent Price conducted by Tom Weaver: