Sad day for Animal X Fans
It is with great sadness of heart that I hear of the death of actor-entertainer Bill Kerr.
I have known Bill for close on 20 years. Working with him on many projects.
Bill began his career on stage at the age of about 6 months. His mother was a Music Hall (Vaudeville) performer at the time and he played a baby and he has been entertaining ever since.
Bill was known for his varied roles in productions like Hancock’s Half hour a BBC radio show back in the 50’s; classic war films The Dam Busters and Gallipoli; A Year of Living Dangerously, Storm Boy, and many others. He worked alongside some of the biggest names in the Movie business including Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver.
Ten years ago at the age of 82, Bill was the star of a 10 one-hour series for Discovery in the US, called Animal X Natural Mystery Unit. It has since been seen in almost every country around the world and Bill has a worldwide fan base of young viewers.
Bill loved Animal X. He said it was the best fun he had ever had.
In the studio he would love ‘hamming it up’. He would say “how was that take Mike? Too much garlic, or do you want a little more?” Meaning of course did I want him to ham it up more or tone it down a bit.
He was a cool dude. He loved to work. Stories. He had so many stories about the different people he’d worked with. From getting drunk with Mel Gibson during the filming of A Year of Living Dangerously to conspiring with Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Spike Milligan (the Goons).
Last year at the age of 92 he was still working. Filming a series of classic poems for YouTube called From My Mothers Knee. Most of which were recited from memory.
His last performance was the poem the Highwayman Comes Riding
Another poem was Laska
During the filming he said “I can remember these poems, which I learnt 80 years ago, but I can’t tell you what I had for breakfast” he would laugh.
Bill was a great man, a kind, funny and generous soul, who never had a bad word to say about anyone and he knew them all.
He was the Sinatra of narrators.
He was a mate and I will miss you Bill.