The son of Broadway actors Geoffrey Kerr and June Walker, John Kerr began his stage career after graduating from Harvard University. In 1951 he met Priscilla Smith while taking a class in Serbo-Croatian language and literature at Harvard. They were married on December 28, 1952, and divorced in 1972. He married Barbara Chu in 1979. Kerr has three children (a son and two daughters) by his first marriage, and two stepchildren by his second.His first important part was in the play "Bernardine" in 1952, and the next year he achieved stardom as the shy, sensitive lead in "Tea and Sympathy", a role he repeated in the film version (Tea and Sympathy (1956)). Although he appeared in several films, he wasn't able to build a major career out of his auspicious debut. He has, however, kept extremely busy as a guest star in innumerable TV series.