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John Karlen is a Actor American born on 28 may 1933 at New York City (USA)

John Karlen

John Karlen
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Birth name John Adam Karlewicz
Nationality USA
Birth 28 may 1933 at New York City (USA)
Death 22 january 2020 (at 86 years)

John Karlen (born John Adam Karlewicz; May 28, 1933) is an American character actor who played multiple roles (Willie Loomis, Carl Collins, William H. Loomis, Desmond Collins, Alex Jenkins and Kendrick Young) on the ABC serial Dark Shadows, in various episodes between 206 and 1245, which aired from 1966-1971.

In 1971 Karlen starred as the male lead in Daughters of Darkness. He played Harvey Lacey, husband of Mary Beth Lacey (played by Tyne Daly), on the CBS crime series Cagney & Lacey (1982-88). Karlen recently reprised the role of "Willie Loomis" for a new series of Dark Shadows audio dramas, produced by Big Finish Productions.


In 1963, Karlen married acting teacher Betty Karlen but divorced in 1998; they have one child, Adam (b. 1966).

Best films

Pennies from Heaven (1982)

Usually with

Dan Curtis
Dan Curtis
(10 films)
Neal Jimenez
Neal Jimenez
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of John Karlen (23 films)

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Calendar Girl, Cop, Killer? The Bambi Bembenek Story, 2h7
Directed by Jerry London
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Timothy Busfield, Lindsay Frost, John Karlen, Tobin Bell, Linda Blair, Peter Jurasik
Roles John Garner
Rating58% 2.906372.906372.906372.906372.90637
C'est l'histoire vraie de Laurie Bembenek. Elle a été accusée d'avoir assassinée l'ex-femme de son mari.
The Dark Wind, 1h51
Directed by Errol Morris
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Lou Diamond Phillips, Fred Ward, Gary Farmer, John Karlen, Michelle Thrush, Gary Basaraba
Rating55% 2.754842.754842.754842.754842.75484
C'est l'adaptation du roman policier Le Vent sombre (The Dark Wind) de Tony Hillerman paru en 1982.
The Dark Wind, 1h51
Directed by Errol Morris
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Documentary films about law
Actors Lou Diamond Phillips, Fred Ward, John Karlen, Gary Farmer, Gary Basaraba, Guy Boyd
Rating55% 2.7548952.7548952.7548952.7548952.754895
Navajo de pure souche évoluant sur le territoire de ses ancêtres, le sergent Jim Chee est charge de découvrir pourquoi la pompe éolienne No6 a été sabotée. L'enquête s'annonce délicate dans cette contrée ou règne la loi du silence. Un premier cadavre est découvert en zone Hopi, puis, une nuit, Jim est témoin d'un étrange accident d'avion…
The Dark Wind, 1h51
Directed by Errol Morris
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Lou Diamond Phillips, Gary Farmer, Fred Ward, John Karlen, Gary Basaraba, Blake Clark
Rating55% 2.754842.754842.754842.754842.75484
As Officer Jim Chee watches a windmill, trying to catch the vandal repeatedly sabotaging it, a small plane crashes nearby. Thus begins a tangled story involving not only the vandalism and the crash, but murder, drug smuggling, and burglary. Officer Chee is suspected by the FBI when drugs known to have been on the plane are missing.
Babycakes (1989)
, 1h40
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Ricki Lake, Craig Sheffer, Paul Benedict, John Karlen, Betty Buckley, Deborah Foreman
Roles Al
Rating66% 3.34943.34943.34943.34943.3494
Obese mortuary cosmetician Grace Hart (Ricki Lake) rides the subway everyday. Her somewhat unhappy existence is noted as she shops in a department store with her best friend, Keri (Nada Despotovich), and is rudely asked to please look at their "Large Ladies Department". That same night she and Keri are at a local skating ring when a young, attractive, amateur ice skater, Rob (Craig Sheffer), catches Grace's eye; she claims that he is the most beautiful man she has ever laid eyes on.
The Return of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer
Directed by Ray Danton
Origin USA
Genres Noir, Crime
Actors Stacy Keach, Don Stroud, Lauren Hutton, Michael Preston, Mickey Rooney, Lindsay Bloom
Roles Chapel
Rating73% 3.662773.662773.662773.662773.66277
Après une disparation inquiétante, le détective privé Mike Hammer (Stacy Keach) est chargé de la protection des acteurs pendant le tournage d’un film à New York. Malgré sa vigilance, une nouvelle victime disparaît et Hammer part alors à sa recherche dans une ville qui n’est pas la sienne...
Native Son
Native Son (1986)
, 1h51
Directed by Jerrold Freedman
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about racism
Actors Matt Dillon, Oprah Winfrey, Elizabeth McGovern, Geraldine Page, Akosua Busia, Carroll Baker
Roles Max
Rating60% 3.0007453.0007453.0007453.0007453.000745
Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Bigger Thomas, an African American who lives in an impoverished neighborhood, is employed by a prosperous white family who live in the suburbs of a major city. The money Bigger makes at his new job will be used to supplement his mother's income. As a chauffeur, he is directed by the father of the family to take Mary, the daughter, to the university. Instead, Mary decides to pick up her Socialist boyfriend, Jan, and to spend the time drinking and partying.
Racing with the Moon, 1h48
Directed by Richard Benjamin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Pregnancy films
Actors Sean Penn, Elizabeth McGovern, Nicolas Cage, John Karlen, Rutanya Alda, Max Showalter
Roles Mr. Nash
Rating65% 3.2961753.2961753.2961753.2961753.296175
The film is set in 1942California, in and around Mendocino. Penn plays Henry 'Hopper' Nash, a small town boy who has been drafted into the U.S. Marine Corps and is about to serve overseas. He is close friends with Nicky (Cage), who is also about to be deployed. They have approximately six weeks before shipping out; the film portrays their remaining time as civilians.
Impulse (1984)
, 1h31
Directed by Graham Baker
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Horror
Themes Disaster films, American disaster films
Actors Tim Matheson, Meg Tilly, Hume Cronyn, Bill Paxton, John Karlen, Peter Jason
Roles Bob Russell
Rating57% 2.894722.894722.894722.894722.89472
The film is about the residents of a small rural town whose inhabitants start to exhibit strange and violent behavior after a small earthquake ruptures the seal on a toxic waste burial site. The toxic material has migrated into the town's local dairy milk supply. Stuart, played by Tim Matheson, and his girlfriend Jennifer, played by Meg Tilly, come to the town to visit her hospitalized mother. The couple begin to notice increasingly odd behavior by several of the townspeople. Although Stuart drinks the local milk, Jennifer does not. As the day progresses, the townspeople and Stuart begin to exhibit signs of violent and extreme sexual behavior. Jennifer visits her friend Margo (Amy Stryker) where she observes evidence that she broke her son's arm. When Jennifer tries to leave in her car, she can't because the kids have slashed her ties. When she tries to leave in Margo's car, the kids trap her in the garage and set it on fire. Jennifer barely escapes with her life. The local doctor (Hume Cronyn) euthanizes Jennifer's mother then takes his own life. Stuart discovers that Jennifer's brother Eddie (Bill Paxton) harbors incestuous feelings for her and kills him. As the town descends into chaos and Stuart becomes violent, Jennifer flees in a pickup truck but gets stuck outside of town.
Pennies from Heaven, 1h48
Directed by Herbert Ross
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about sexuality, Films about prostitution, Musical films
Actors Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Christopher Walken, Jessica Harper, John McMartin, John Karlen
Roles The Detective
Rating64% 3.246363.246363.246363.246363.24636
In 1934, Chicago sheet-music salesman Arthur Parker (Martin) is having a hard time, both in his business and at home with his wife Joan (Harper). His business and marriage are failing, and Joan refuses to give him the money she inherited from her father to start his own business.
The Long Days of Summer, 1h40
Directed by Dan Curtis
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Dean Jones, Joan Hackett, Ronnie Scribner, Louanne Sirota, Donald Moffat, Andrew Duggan
Roles Duane Haley
Rating61% 3.0893753.0893753.0893753.0893753.089375
It's the summer of 1938 in Bridgeport, Connecticut and Jewish 13-year-old, Daniel Cooper (now portrayed by Ronnie Scribner) finds himself tangling with the bigoted playground bully, Freddy Landauer (David Baron). As the talk of Bridgeport centers around the pending rematch between boxing heavyweight champ Joe Louis and his German challenger, Danny is challenged to a boxing match with the Landauer boy, to which he feels he has no choice but to accept. Paralleling his plight, Danny's father (Dean Jones) also begins to experience antisemitism when he takes in a Jewish boarder from Germany (Donald Moffat) who has come to the United States to warn of the increasing menace overseas in the form of Adolf Hitler. As Danny and his family are faced with their own pressures from within their small-town community, they must each make difficult decisions about standing up for what is right in the face of discrimination and intimidation.
The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang, 3h
Directed by Dan Curtis
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Western
Actors Cliff Potts, Randy Quaid, Larry Wilcox, Royal Dano, Mills Watson, Sharon Farrell
Roles Charlie Powers
Rating56% 2.8085152.8085152.8085152.8085152.808515
À la suite de l'assassinat de leur frère aîné, Frank, les Dalton commencent une nouvelle vie tout en poursuivant leur quête de fortune qui finira par le raid de la ville de Coffeyville dans le Kansas. Avec à leur poursuite le détective Will Smith.
A Small Town in Texas, 1h36
Directed by Jack Starrett
Origin USA
Genres Action
Actors Bo Hopkins, Susan George, Timothy Bottoms, Morgan Woodward, John Karlen, Art Hindle
Roles Lenny
Rating56% 2.802642.802642.802642.802642.80264
La Vengeance aux tripes : Dans une petite ville du Sud des États-Unis, un shérif véreux soutient un ex-détenu dans un trafic de drogue mais s'approprie sa petite amie...
The Kansas City Massacre, 1h39
Directed by Dan Curtis
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Gangster films
Actors Dale Robertson, Bo Hopkins, Scott Brady, John Karlen, Matt Clark, Lynn Loring
Roles Sam Cowley
Rating59% 2.999942.999942.999942.999942.99994
Gangsters free one of their colleagues being escorted to prison and kill several FBI agents and local police officers in the attempt. FBI agent Melvin Purvis puts together a special squad to track down and capture the men responsible.