Birth name John Adam Karlewicz NationalityUSA 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).
, 1h40 OriginUSA GenresDrama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance ActorsRicki Lake, Craig Sheffer, Paul Benedict, John Karlen, Betty Buckley, Deborah Foreman Roles Al Rating66% 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.
, 1h51 Directed byJerrold Freedman OriginUSA GenresDrama ThemesFilms about racism ActorsMatt Dillon, Oprah Winfrey, Elizabeth McGovern, Geraldine Page, Akosua Busia, Carroll Baker Roles Max Rating60% 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.
, 1h31 Directed byGraham Baker OriginUSA GenresScience fiction, Thriller, Horror ThemesDisaster films, American disaster films ActorsTim Matheson, Meg Tilly, Hume Cronyn, Bill Paxton, John Karlen, Peter Jason Roles Bob Russell Rating57% 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.
, 1h40 Directed byDan Curtis OriginUSA GenresDrama ActorsDean Jones, Joan Hackett, Ronnie Scribner, Louanne Sirota, Donald Moffat, Andrew Duggan Roles Duane Haley Rating61% 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.