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James Karen


Veteran Broadway, TV and film actor James Karen was encouraged as a young man to take up an acting career by U.S. Congressman Daniel J. Flood, who was an amateur actor himself. In 1947 Karen made his Broadway debut in "A Streetcar Named Desire", which led to appearances in over 20 Broadway productions. His television work began in 1948 with the ... See full bio »
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 2013 America's Most Haunted
Ralph George
 2012 Ambush at Dark Canyon
Seymour Redfield
 2012 American Dad! (TV Series)
Larry Herman
- Killer Vacation (2012) ... Larry Herman (voice)
 2012 The Butterfly Room
Sales Clerk
 2012 Drew Peterson: Untouchable (TV Movie)
Pastor Tom Keller
 2011/III Pride (Short)
Anthony
 2011 The Cleveland Show (TV Series)
- The Blue, the Gray and the Brown (2011) ... (voice)
 2010 Sympathy for Delicious
Father Rohn
 2009 Dark and Stormy Night
Seyton Ethelquake
 2008 Cold Case (TV Series)
Steve Pratt '08
 2007 Heart Medicine (Short)
Mac
 2006 Superman Returns
Ben Hubbard (scenes deleted)
 2005 Office Court (Short)
Judge Jimmy
 2004 Flickering Blue (Short)
Al
 2003 Judging Amy (TV Series)
Dr. Irwin Garner
- Rumspringa (2003) ... Dr. Irwin Garner
 2003 A House on a Hill
Sy
 2000-2002 JAG (TV Series)
Former COMSUBPAC / Senator Barrington
- Need to Know (2002) ... Former COMSUBPAC
- Real Deal SEAL (2000) ... Senator Barrington
 2002 Fatal Kiss (TV Movie)
Larry Jacobs
 2001 Jane Bond (Short)
Z
 2001 The Nightmare Room (TV Series)
Tobias Langley
- School Spirit (2001) ... Tobias Langley (uncredited)
 1998-2001 The Practice (TV Series)
Judge Knapp / Judge in Tobacco Case
- The Thin Line (2001) ... Judge Knapp
- Payback (2001) ... Judge Knapp
- Another Day (1998) ... Judge in Tobacco Case
 2000 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
Senator
- Winds of Change (2000) ... Senator
 2000 The Parkers (TV Series)
Rupert Van Lowe
- Moving on Out (2000) ... Rupert Van Lowe
 1999 Any Given Sunday
Christina's Advisor
 1999 One Last Flight
Gramps
 1999 My Last Love (TV Movie)
Phil Morton
 1998 Apt Pupil
Victor Bowden
 1998 Freedom Strike
President Mitchell
 1998 The Cowboy and the Movie Star (TV Movie)
Brad Peters
 1998 Beverly Hills, 90210 (TV Series)
Minister
- The Wedding: Part 2 (1998) ... Minister
- The Wedding: Part 1 (1998) ... Minister
 1998 Girl
Dad
 1998 Seinfeld (TV Series)
Mr. Canterman
- The Puerto Rican Day (1998) ... Mr. Canterman
 1998 Shadow of Doubt
Norman Calloway
 1997 NightMan (TV Movie)
 1997 Joyride
The Client
 1997 NightMan (TV Series)
Secretary of Defense Laughton
- Pilot: Part 1 (1997) ... Secretary of Defense Laughton
 1997 Always Say Goodbye (Video)
William Tager
 1997 Behind Enemy Lines
TV Reporter
 1997 Dark Skies (TV Series)
Harry Carruthers
- To Prey in Darkness (1997) ... Harry Carruthers
 1996 Spycraft: The Great Game (Video Game)
DDO Gene Warhurst
 1996 Up Close & Personal
Tom Orr
 1996 Sisters (TV Series)
Judge
- A Sudden Change of Heart (1996) ... Judge
 1995 Piranha (TV Movie)
Governor
 1995 Congo
College President / Elliot's Boss
 1995 Tough and Deadly (Video)
Winston Briggers
 1995 The Commish (TV Series)
Jimmy Malloy
- The Golden Years (1995) ... Jimmy Malloy
 1995 Bonanza: Under Attack (TV Movie)
 1994 A Kiss Goodnight (TV Movie)
Sam Mosbach
 1994 Tick, Tick, Tick (Short)
 1994 Hearts Afire (TV Series)
Norman Lynch
 1994 The Companion (TV Movie)
Peter Franklin
 1994 Melrose Place (TV Series)
Judge Mike Thomas
- It's a Bad World After All (1994) ... Judge Mike Thomas
 1992-1994 Coach (TV Series)
James Armstrong
- Retrospective (1994)
- Vows (1992) ... James Armstrong
 1994 Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love (TV Movie)
Mylan Whitfield
 1994 Future Shock
Kefka
 1993 Stone Soup
Paul
 1993 Staying Afloat (TV Movie)
George
 1993 A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion (TV Movie)
Assistant District Attorney Al Sampson
 1993 Class of '96 (TV Series)
Prof. Drake
- See You in September (1993) ... Prof. Drake
 1993 Bodies of Evidence (TV Series)
Gil Murphy
- The Formula (1993) ... Gil Murphy
 1991 Absolute Strangers (TV Movie)
Dr. X
 1991 The Unborn
Dr. Richard Meyerling
 1991 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Dr. Wilson
- Good to the Last Drop (1991) ... Dr. Wilson
 1991 Lies Before Kisses (TV Movie)
Arthur
 1991 Matlock (TV Series)
Ed Billings
- The Formula (1991) ... Ed Billings
 1990 Road Lawyers and Other Briefs
Judge Bowelmore (segment "Road Lawyers")
 1990 The Willies
Uncle Harry / Mr. Jenkins
 1990 The Closer
Ned Randall
 1990 Thanksgiving Day (TV Movie)
Averill Crandall
 1987-1990 Charles in Charge (TV Series)
Austin Miller / Mr. Bartlett
- Pizza Parlor Protest (1987) ... Mr. Bartlett
 1990 Shattered Dreams (TV Movie)
Charles O'Donnell
 1990 Vital Signs
Dean of Students
 1990 Rich Men, Single Women (TV Movie)
 1990 Drug Wars: The Camarena Story (TV Mini-Series)
Aide
 1989 Mancuso, FBI (TV Series)
Nagan
- Weapons-Grade (1989) ... Nagan
 1989 Booker (TV Series)
Jack Wingate
- Bête Noir (1989) ... Jack Wingate
 1989 The New Lassie (TV Series)
Officer Stanley
- Dangerous Party (1989) ... Officer Stanley
 1989 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)
Mr. Simenton
- Goodbye, Mr. Zelinka (1989) ... Mr. Simenton
 1989 Murphy Brown (TV Series)
Arvin
- The Summer of '77 (1989) ... Arvin
 1989 Girlfriend from Hell
Carl's Dad
 1987-1989 Jake and the Fatman (TV Series)
The Mayor
- Fatal Attraction (1987) ... The Mayor
 1989 MacGyver (TV Series)
Robert Sanborn / Papillon
- Fraternity of Thieves (1989) ... Robert Sanborn / Papillon
 1988 The Golden Girls (TV Series)
Raymond
- And Ma Makes Three (1988) ... Raymond
 1988 Sledge Hammer! (TV Series)
Governor Fritz La Chatte
- The Secret of My Excess (1988) ... Governor Fritz La Chatte
 1987 Wall Street
Lynch
 1987 Billionaire Boys Club (TV Movie)
Mr. Fairmont Sr.
 1987 Magnum, P.I. (TV Series)
Andrew Clifton, the IAD Cop
- Tigers Fan (1987) ... Andrew Clifton, the IAD Cop
 1987 Who's the Boss? (TV Series)
Jerry
- Two on a Billboard (1987) ... Jerry
 1987 Square One TV (TV Series)
Prosecutor
- Episode #1.20 (1987) ... Prosecutor
- Episode #1.19 (1987) ... Prosecutor
 1987 Mathnet (TV Series)
Prosecutor
- The Trial of George Frankly (1987) ... Prosecutor
 1986 Hardbodies 2
Logan
 1986 Melba (TV Series)
- My Shadow and Me (1986)
 1986 Invaders from Mars
Gen. Climet Wilson
 1985 227 (TV Series)
Lawyer
- Pilot (1985) ... Lawyer
 1985 Jagged Edge
Andrew Hardesty
 1985 Webster (TV Series)
Dr. Rosencrantz
- The Best Thing I Can Be (1985) ... Dr. Rosencrantz
 1985 Moonlighting (TV Series)
Alan
- Moonlighting (Pilot) (1985) ... Alan
 1985 Cheers (TV Series)
Dr. Bennett Ludlow
 1984 Three's a Crowd (TV Series)
Dr. Richard Kimberley
- Jack's Problem (1984) ... Dr. Richard Kimberley
 1984 The Boy Who Loved Trolls (TV Movie)
Richman
 1984 Dynasty (TV Series)
Avril Dawson
- The Mortgage (1984) ... Avril Dawson
 1984 Sam's Son
Mr. Collins
 1984 The Paper Chase (TV Series)
Mr. Pearson
- Hart Goes Home (1984) ... Mr. Pearson
 1983-1984 Emerald Point N.A.S. (TV Series)
Admiral Lovell
 1984 Little House: The Last Farewell (TV Movie)
Nathan Lassiter
 1984 Family Ties (TV Series)
Harold
- 'M' Is for the Many Things (1984) ... Harold
 1984 Hardcastle and McCormick (TV Series)
C. Calvin Moore
- Third Down and Twenty Years to Life (1984) ... C. Calvin Moore
 1983 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Krewitt
 1983 Simon & Simon (TV Series)
Insurance Agent
- Grand Illusion (1983) ... Insurance Agent
 1983 Tucker's Witch (TV Series)
Earl Crayton
- Dye Job (1983) ... Earl Crayton
 1983 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Mr. Fairchild
- Have You Ever Been Ashamed of Your Parents? (1983) ... Mr. Fairchild
 1983 M*A*S*H (TV Series)
Dr. Stephen Chesler
- Say No More (1983) ... Dr. Stephen Chesler
 1982-1983 Dallas (TV Series)
Elton Lawrence
 1982 Kiss Me Goodbye
Lawyer (uncredited)
 1982 Frances
Judge Hillier
 1982 Time Walker
Dr. Wendell J. Rossmore
 1982 Knots Landing (TV Series)
Max Craig
- Acts of Love (1982) ... Max Craig
 1982 Herbie, the Love Bug (TV Series)
Minister
- Herbie the Matchmaker (1982) ... Minister
 1977-1982 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)
Dr. Tom Pierce / Dr. Chet Rawlings / Dr. Lench
- The Flight of the Nightingale (1982) ... Dr. Tom Pierce
- For the Benefit of My Patients (1979) ... Dr. Chet Rawlings
 1982 The Day the Bubble Burst (TV Movie)
 1981 The Violation of Sarah McDavid (TV Movie)
Dr. Spandler
 1981 The Jeffersons (TV Series)
Herbert Purcell
- Sorry, Wrong Meeting (1981) ... Herbert Purcell
 1980 The Jazz Singer
Barney Callahan
 1980 Once Upon a Family (TV Movie)
Alvin Heller
 1979 Topper (TV Movie)
Fred Korbell
 1979 Blind Ambition (TV Mini-Series)
Earl Silbert
 1979 The China Syndrome
Mac Churchill
 1979 The Ordeal of Patty Hearst (TV Movie)
Psychologist
 1977-1979 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Martin Horvath / John LaPointe
- The Deuce (1979) ... Martin Horvath
 1979 Institute for Revenge (TV Movie)
Power Broker
 1978 One Day at a Time (TV Series)
Fred
- Ann's Friend (1978) ... Fred
 1978 F.I.S.T
Andrews
 1978 Lou Grant (TV Series)
Tyler Armitage
- Renewal (1978) ... Tyler Armitage
 1977 Opening Night
Bellboy
 1977 Family (TV Series)
Dr. Addison
- A Child Is Given (1977) ... Dr. Addison
 1977 Capricorn One
Vice President Price
 1977 The Gathering (TV Movie)
Bob Block
 1977 Rafferty (TV Series)
- The Epidemic (1977)
 1977 Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night (TV Movie)
Dr. Sutterman
 1977 Something for Joey (TV Movie)
Dr. Wingreen
 1976 Delvecchio (TV Series)
Porter
- APB: Santa Claus (1976) ... Porter
 1976 Serpico (TV Series)
Ed Demarest
- Every Man Must Pay His Dues (1976) ... Ed Demarest
 1976 Executive Suite (TV Series)
Carter
- Re: The Secret (1976) ... Carter
 1976 All the President's Men
Hugh Sloan's Lawyer
 1976 Police Woman (TV Series)
Driver
- Task Force: Cop Killer: Part 2 (1976) ... Driver
 1976 McMillan & Wife (TV Series)
George Pauling
- Point of Law (1976) ... George Pauling
 1976 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Wingfield
- Love Thy Neighbor, Take His Wife (1976) ... Wingfield
 1976 The Bionic Woman (TV Series)
George Morehouse
- Angel of Mercy (1976) ... George Morehouse
 1976 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Frank Batz
- Police Buff (1976) ... Frank Batz
 1976 The Blue Knight (TV Series)
Talford
- A Matter of Justice (1976) ... Talford
 1975 The Waltons (TV Series)
Martin Walters
- The Abdication (1975) ... Martin Walters
 1975 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series)
Carter
- The Bait (1975) ... Carter
 1975 The Invisible Man (TV Series)
Hotel Manager
- The Klae Resource (1975) ... Hotel Manager
 1974 Amazing Grace
Annenberg
 1972 Rivals
Child Psychiatrist
 1970 I Never Sang for My Father
Mr. Tucker (old age home director)
 1969 Hercules in New York
Professor Camden
 1966 Directions (TV Series)
- The 11th Man (1966)
 1965 Frankenstein Meets the Spacemonster
Dr. Adam Steele (as Jim Karen)
 1965 Film (Short)
Passerby
 1964 The Defenders (TV Series)
Rabbi Fine / Paul Damon
- The Man Who (1964) ... Rabbi Fine
- Who'll Dig His Grave? (1964) ... Paul Damon
 1962 Car 54, Where Are You? (TV Series)
Bird Owner
- I Hate Captain Block (1962) ... Bird Owner (uncredited)
 1956 As the World Turns (TV Series)
Dr. Burke (1967-1970)
 1951 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Llewellyn
- Inside Story (1951) ... Llewellyn
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Stage Play: Cactus Flower. Comedy. Written by Abe Burrows. Scenic Design by Oliver Smith. Directed by Abe Burrows. Royale Theatre (moved to The Longacre Theatre from 9 Sep 1968- close): 8 Dec 1965- 23 Nov 1968 (1234 performances + 2 previews that began on 6 Dec 1965). Cast: Lauren Bacall (as "Stephanie"), Barry Nelson (as "Julian"), Burt ... See more »

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