John Kerr, 81, a stage, film and TV actor who won a Tony Award for his performance in
Kerr's other film roles included the youthful Lt. Cable in the 1958 film version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "South Pacific" and the young man investigating his sister's murder in
But Kerr received his best notices for "Tea and Sympathy," playing Tom Lee, a sensitive adolescent whom his prep school classmates suspect of having homosexual tendencies and who is comforted by the headmaster's wife, played by
John Grinham Kerr was born Nov. 15, 1931, in
After his parents' marriage ended, Kerr attended boarding schools and
He also was a busy television actor during the heyday of live dramatic anthology series in the 1950s. He had a regular part as a district attorney in "Peyton Place" in 1965 and '66.
In the late 1960s, Kerr tired of acting and decided to make a career change, enrolling at
Oscar-nominated set decorator
Garrett Lewis, 77, a set decorator who earned Oscar nominations for his work on "Beaches," "Glory," "Hook" and "
A St. Louis native, Lewis worked as a singer and actor on Broadway and in films and television before becoming a set decorator in the late 1970s. He appeared in "Hello, Dolly!" on stage, "Funny Lady" on film and "The
He became a set decorator after designing private homes for his celebrity friends and went on to work on 39 films, including "Pretty Woman," "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Steel Magnolias."