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Bill Kerr

Bill Kerr

Actor

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   William Henry Kerr (10 June 1922 – 28 August 2014) was a British and 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.

Born: June 10, 1922 in Cape Town, South Africa

Died: August 28, 2014 (Age 92)

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Razorback
Filmography
Title Rating Job Role(s) Year
Movie
4.8
Actor Mitchell Vendieks 2001
Movie
6.6
Actor Mr. Davey 1976
Movie
6.7
Actor Tom Lincoln 1983
Movie
7
Actor Fairy Guide 2003
Movie
7.2
Actor Colonel Henderson 1982
Movie
Actor Kearney 1983
Movie
6.2
Actor Shopkeeper (uncredited) 1957
Movie
Actor Russ 1989
Movie
6.9
Actor Jack Coombes 1963
Movie
7.7
Actor Jack 1981
Movie
6.1
Actor Jake Cullen 1984
Movie
6.3
Actor Birdie 1984
Movie
5.9
Actor T. George McDowell 1985
Movie
6.7
Actor Major General 1982
Movie
5.4
Actor Dinty Missouri 1956
Movie
Actor 1952
Movie
5.9
Actor 1991
Movie
6.1
Actor Maurice 1992
Movie
7.4
Actor Soldier 1955
Movie
Actor Leonard 1933
Movie
6.1
Actor Flight Lieutenant Bill Brown 1953
Movie
5.1
Actor Digger Graves 1951
Movie
6
Actor Bill Coke 1959
Movie
7.4
Actor Gen. Sir Harry Chauvel 1987
Movie
4.8
Actor Giacomo 1974
Movie
5.8
Actor Victor 1962
Movie
5.6
Actor Australian Sailor 1963
Movie
7.1
Actor Gladiator-in-Training 1966
Movie
7.6
Actor Flight Lieutenant H. B. Martin, D.S.O., D.F.C., A.F.C. 1955
Movie
5.7
Actor Digger 1966
TV Show
Actor (51 Episodes) 1959-1962
TV Show
Actor (32 Episodes) 1960-1962
TV Show
8.1
Actor (6 Episodes) 1963-1989
TV Show
7.8
Actor (1 Episode) 1959-1967
TV Show
6.7
Actor Samuel Burton
(26 Episodes)
1990
TV Show
7.4
Actor (1 Episode) 1993-1994
Limited Series
Actor Stuart McLachlan
(13 Episodes)
1993-1993
Short Film
4.6
Actor Hugh Jampton 1975
Movie
5.9
Actor Willliam Ashby 1982
Movie
Actor Curly 1986
Movie
5.9
Actor (Voice) 1983
Limited Series
7.2
Actor Mr. Coleman
(3 Episodes)
2003-2003
Limited Series
7.1
Actor Narrator (voice)
(4 Episodes)
1986-1986
Limited Series
8.2
Actor Older Eddie
(6 Episodes)
2001-2001
Limited Series
7.6
Actor (2 Episodes) 1983-1983
Limited Series
Actor Captain Elijah
(4 Episodes)
1991-1991
Title Rating Job Role(s) Year
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