The Info List - John Karlen

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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.


1 Life and career 2 Personal life 3 Theatre 4 Films 5 Television 6 References 7 External links

Life and career[edit] Karlen was born May 28, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York,[1] the son of Helen Agnes (née Balondowicz) and Adam Marion Karlewicz.[2] He is of Polish descent.[3][4] He enrolled in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts on a scholarship.[5] His first acting experiences were on early television productions such as From These Roots
From These Roots
and Kraft Television Theatre. His stage career began in 1959 in Sweet Bird of Youth.[citation needed] He accumulated roles on both stage and television before winning one of his signature roles in 1967 in the daytime serial Dark Shadows. It was Karlen's pivotal character of Willie Loomis who released vampire Barnabas Collins
Barnabas Collins
from his coffin, setting off the events of the series.[6] Karlen would stay with the television series for 182 episodes, playing various characters through 1971. He departed the show on two different occasions.[citation needed] While not appearing on Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows
during those times, he appeared on Love Is a Many Splendored Thing as Jock Porter and Hidden Faces as Sharkey Primrose. He reunited with his Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows
co-stars for the 1970 House of Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows
as Willie Loomis, and, in 1971, with Night of Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows
as Alex Jenkins.[7] Karlen moved to a series of guest appearances on television productions, establishing himself in 1982 as Harvey Lacey, husband of Tyne Daly's character Mary Beth Lacey on Cagney & Lacey . He appeared in 110 episodes over six years. Karlen won an Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for his portrayal of Harvey Lacey.[8] His career included numerous movie roles, during which he reprised the "Harvey Lacey" character in four Cagney and Lacey television movies: Cagney & Lacey: The Return in 1994, Cagney & Lacey: Together Again and Cagney & Lacey: The View Through the Glass Ceiling in 1995, and Cagney & Lacey: True Convictions in 1996.[9] Personal life[edit] In 1963, Karlen married acting teacher Betty Karlen[10] but divorced in 1998; they have one child, Adam (born 1966). Theatre[edit]


Opening date Closing date Performances Title Role Theatre

Mar 10, 1959 Jan 30, 1960 375 Sweet Bird of Youth Tom Junior - Replacement Martin Beck Theatre

Oct 29, 1960 Feb 4, 1961 113 Invitation to a March Aaron Jablonski Schuyler Grogan Music Box Theatre

Nov 11, 1963 Nov 16, 1963 8 Arturo Ui Shorty Ensemble Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

Jan 1, 1964 Jan 4, 1964 5 Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, TheThe Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore Stage Manager Brooks Atkinson Theatre

Feb 18, 1965 Mar 27, 1965 44 All in Good Time Geoffrey Fitton Royale Theatre

Nov 1, 1965 Nov 6, 1965 8 Postmark Zero Unknown Brooks Atkinson Theatre

March 5, 1966 April 17, 1966 49 Monopoly Joe (Monopoly) Mr. Stein (Suburban Tragedy) Stage 73



Year Title Role Notes

1970 House of Dark Shadows Willie Loomis

1971 Daughters of Darkness Stefan

1971 Night of Dark Shadows Alex Jenkins

1976 Small Town in Texas, AA Small Town in Texas Deputy Lenny Lutz

1978 Killer's Delight Danny

1981 Pennies from Heaven The Detective

1984 Racing with the Moon Mr. Nash

1984 Impulse Bob Russell

1984 Gimme an 'F' Bucky Berkshire

1986 Native Son Max

1991 The Dark Wind Jake West

1993 Surf Ninjas Mac

2016 The Job Interview The Applicant Short film



Year Title Role Notes

1949 The Big Story Andy Franks "Theory and Practice"

1957 Kraft Television Theatre Young man "Heroes Walk on Sand"

1959 Naked City Chuck "The Manhole"

1959 Armstrong Circle Theatre Pfc. James Cook "Thunder Over Berlin"

1962 The Detectives Frankie "Strangers in the House"

1962 Gallant Men, TheThe Gallant Men Lieutenant Tyrell "Signals for an End Run"

1963 Stoney Burke Mickey "Job"

1963 Hallmark Hall of Fame Ned "The Patriots"

1964 East Side/West Side Billy "One Drink at a Time"

1964 Brenner Ben Laney "Laney's Boy"

1966 Hawk John Polanski "The Longleat Chronicles"

1967 N.Y.P.D. Gary Doyle "Murder for Infinity"

1967 Love Is a Many Splendored Thing Jock Porter

1968 Hidden Faces Sharkey Primrose

1967–71 Dark Shadows Willie Loomis Carl Collins William H Loomis Desmond Collins Kendrick Young 182 episodes

1970 Another World Casey

1972 Night of Terror Pete Manning TV movie

1972 Sixth Sense, TheThe Sixth Sense Ed "Through a Flame Darkly"

1972 Mod Squad, TheThe Mod Squad Johnny Wexford "Belinda, End of Little Miss Bubble Gum"

1973 Shirts and Skins Herbie Bush TV movie

1973 Magician, TheThe Magician Jim Russel "The Vanishing Lady"

1973 Egan Jack/Ida Deveaux TV movie

1973 Wide World Mystery Otto Roget "Frankenstein: Part 1"

1973 Medical Center Frank Crane "Judgment"

1973 Police Story Detective #1 "Slow Boy"

1973 Kojak Pinky "Web of Death"

1974 The Invasion of Carol Enders David Hastings TV movie

1974 Wide World Mystery Frank Linwood "Nightmare at 43 Hillcrest"

1974 Shazam! Nick Roberts "Thou Shalt Not Kill"

1974 Doc Elliot Vincent Parker "The Pharmacist"

1974 Melvin Purvis: G-Man Tony Anthony Redecci TV movie

1975 Medical Center Danny Taggert "No Hiding Place"

1975 Mannix Hood #1 "Quartet for a Blunt Instrument"

1975 Delancey Street: The Crisis Within Richard Copell TV movie

1975 Trilogy of Terror Mr. Anmar TV movie

1975 The Kansas City Massacre Sam Cowley TV movie

1975 Police Story Rush "Incident in the Kill Zone"

1975 Joe Forrester

"The Witness"

1975 Mobile One Mickey Scanlon "The Boxer"

1975 Streets of San Francisco, TheThe Streets of San Francisco Vernon "Poisoned Snow"

1976 Picture of Dorian Gray, TheThe Picture of Dorian Gray Alan Campbell TV movie

1976 Streets of San Francisco, TheThe Streets of San Francisco Nat Reeves "No Minor Vices"

1976 Serpico Eddie Hibbard "Rapid Fire"

1976 Waltons, TheThe Waltons Rev. Ezekiel L. Henshaw "The Baptism"

1976 Hawaii Five-O Harris "Anatomy of a Bribe"

1977 Police Story Shep "Prime Rib"

1977 Charlie's Angels Leonard Chaffey "Angel Baby"

1977 Feather and Father Gang, TheThe Feather and Father Gang Benton "Welcome Home, Vince"

1977 ABC Weekend Special Bill Leggett "My Dear Uncle Sherlock"

1977 Hunter Power plant worker "Bluebird Is Back"

1977 All in the Family Leo "Mike Goes Skiing"

1977 Most Wanted Red Murphy "The White Collar Killer"

1978 Kojak Hicks "The Captain's Brother's Wife"

1978 Barnaby Jones Johnny Alban "A Frame for Murder"

1978 Barnaby Jones Easy Eddie "The Scapegoat"

1978 Rockford Files, TheThe Rockford Files Leo "Rosendahl and Gilda Stern Are Dead"

1978 Colorado C.I. Kessler TV movie

1978 Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, TheThe Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Rocky "The Lady on Thursday at Ten"

1979 The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang Charlie Powers TV movie

1979 Lou Grant Ken Navaretti "Gambling"

1979 Sword of Justice Jerry Lombardi "Blackjack"

1979 The Return of Mod Squad Marty TV movie

1979 Kaz

"The Battered Bride"

1979 Supertrain Quinn "Express to Terror"

1979 Starsky & Hutch Deputy D.A. Stanton "Ballad for a Blue Lady"

1979 Quincy, M.E. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Alistair Adams "Semper-Fidelis"

1979 Quincy, M.E. Customs Agent Bric "Hot Ice"

1979 Vega$ Eddie Stolvak "The Day the Gambling Stopped"

1980 Long Days of Summer, TheThe Long Days of Summer Duane Haley TV movie

1981 Vega$ Geddes "Out of Sight"

1981 Quincy, M.E. Customs Agent Brice "Dear Mummy"

1981 American Dream Coach Ritter "American Dream"

1981 Trapper John, M.D. Marty "A Case of the Crazies"

1982 Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story Uncle George TV movie

1982 King's Crossing Sheriff "The Home Front"

1982 Hill Street Blues Loomis, Corrupt South Ferry Cop "Freedom's Last Stand"

1982 Hill Street Blues Loomis, Corrupt South Ferry Cop "The Spy Who Came in from Delgado"

1982 Fame Detective Kessler "Tomorrow's Farewell"

1982–88 Cagney & Lacey Harvey Lacey 110 episodes

1983 Bay City Blues Clancy "Pilot"

1983 Bay City Blues Clancy "I Never Swung with My Father"

1983 The Winds of War Ed PBY Pilot "Into the Maelstrom"

1983 Miss Lonelyhearts Reverend Walker TV movie

1985 Finder of Lost Loves Doctor Arthur Barwell "Final Analysis"

1985 Hostage Flight DiSalvo TV movie

1986 Welcome Home, Bobby Geffin TV movie

1986 The Return of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer Chapel TV movie

1987 Downpayment on Murder Albert TV movie

1987 The New Mike Hammer Adam Simon "Green Lipstick"

1987 Daddy Mike Burnette TV movie

1988 Police Story: Burnout Capt. Harrison TV movie

1988 ABC Afterschool Special Joe Farrell "Date Rape"

1989 Snoops Lieutenant Sam Akers "Mr. Dennis' Neighborhood"

1989 Snoops Lieutenant Sam Akers "Big Brass Cookie Jar"

1989 Snoops Lieutenant Sam Akers "Hot Shot"'

1989 Snoops Lieutenant Sam Akers Episode 1.2

1989 227 Nathan Pollack "Jackée"

1989 Baby Cakes Al TV movie

1989 The Cover Girl and the Cop Lieutenant Wingo TV movie

1989 Murder, She Wrote Lt. Martin McGinn "The Grand Old Lady"'

1990 Nightmare on the 13th Floor Sgt Madden TV movie

1991 In a Child's Name Joe Silvano TV movie

1991 Perry Mason: The Case of the Glass Coffin Jake Morrison TV movie

1992 Murder, She Wrote Patrick MacNair "To the Last Will I Grapple with Thee"

1992 Calendar Girl, Cop, Killer? The Bambi Bembenek Story John Garner TV movie

1993 Without Warning: Terror in the Towers Jack McAllister TV movie

1994 Roseanne: An Unauthorized Biography Jerry Barr TV movie

1994 MacShayne: Winner Takes All Waldo Church TV movie

1994 Cagney & Lacey: The Return Harvey Lacey TV movie

1994 Mad About You Gus Stemple "Giblets for Murray"

1995 Mad About You Gus Stemple "Mad About You" (Parts 1 & 2)

1995 Murder, She Wrote Superintendent Arthur Joyce "Nan's Ghost" (Parts 1 & 2)

1995 Cagney & Lacey: Together Again Harvey Lacey TV movie

1995 Cagney & Lacey: The View Through the Glass Ceiling Harvey Lacey TV movie

1996 Cagney & Lacey: True Convictions Harvey Lacey TV movie


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Dark Shadows
(TV Milestones). Wayne State Univ Pr. pp. 64, 65. ISBN 978-0-8143-3439-3.  ^ Hamrick, Craig (2004). Big Lou: The Life and Career of Actor
Louis Edmonds. iUniverse Star. p. 84. ISBN 978-0-595-29716-0.  ^ Hamrick, Craig (2003). Barnabas & Company: The Cast of the TV Classic Dark Shadows. iUniverse, Inc. pp. 70–72. ISBN 978-0-595-29029-1.  ^ "Multiple Emmy Nominations". Bangor Daily News. 23 September 1986. p. 30.  ^ Snauffer, Douglas (2006). Crime Television. Praeger. pp. 123–24. ISBN 978-0-275-98807-4.  ^ Hilton, Pat (June 17, 1984). " John Karlen and Harvey Not So Different". The Spokane Review. p. 57. 

External links[edit]

John Karlen on IMDb John Karlen at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
John Karlen at the Internet Off-Broadway Database

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