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Overview (4)

Born in Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died in Burbank, California, USA  (congestive heart failure)
Birth NameJohn Adam Karlewicz
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

John Karlen was born on May 28, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as John Adam Karlewicz. He was an actor, known for Cagney & Lacey (1981), Dark Shadows: The Vampire Curse (1966) and House of Dark Shadows (1970). He was married to Betty Karlen. He died on January 22, 2020 in Burbank, California, USA.

Family (3)

Spouse Betty Karlen (20 January 1963 - 1998)  (divorced)  (1 child)
Children Adam Karlen
Parents Balondowicz, Helen Agnes
Karlewicz, Adam Marion

Trivia (11)

One son, Adam Karlen, born 1966.
John Karlen's then-wife, Betty Karlen, guest-starred in an episode of Cagney & Lacey (1981), marking the only time they appeared on the same TV series at the same time, though they did not have a scene together.
John Karlen appeared, with Producer Dan Curtis and other surviving actors and personnel, in a tribute to their long-ago gothic-horror soap opera Dark Shadows: The Vampire Curse (1966), at the William Paley Museum of Television Arts, in Los Angeles CA, on March 8, 2001.
Starred in a movie about the first World Trade Center bombing; then years later was at the WTC Marriott just days before the 2001 terrorist attack -- attending a Dark Shadows Festival.
Was unhurt but visibly angry at event organizers after accidentally toppling from the stage at the 2004 Dark Shadows Weekend fan club meeting in Tarrytown, NY.
John Karlen escorted his longtime friend, former Cagney & Lacey (1981) co-star, and Emmy nominee (for Judging Amy (1999)) Tyne Daly to the 2003 Emmy Awards. After Ms. Daly won the Emmy (for her role as "Maxine"), Mr. Karlen gave her a hug and kiss which was caught on camera during the TV broadcast. Ms. Daly then went on to pay a brief but warm tribute to Mr. Karlen in her acceptance speech.
He has admitted that he has a gambling addiction and that he has lost several thousand dollars over the years as a result.
He became friends with Delphine Seyrig on the set of Daughters of Darkness (1971).
Reprised his Dark Shadows: The Vampire Curse (1966) role of "Willie Loomis" in four new CD "Dark Shadows" audio dramas produced by Big Finish Productions. [May 2006]
Son of Helen Agnes (Balondowicz) and Adam Marion Karlewicz, and is of Polish descent.
Alumnus of the AADA (American Academy of Dramatic Arts), Class of 1958.

Personal Quotes (1)

[on Daughters of Darkness (1971)] We shot that in Belgium and France and uh.. The New York Times gave that one of the great reviews of vampire films of all time. It gave it a great, one of the truly great reviews. And for whatever reason, the movie was incredibly popular in Europe. Friends of mine would say they've been at a movie theater in France, or something, and they were lined up around the corner, to go and see it so.. It has its moments, that film, you know? And of course, we had the wonderful actress, Delphine Seyrig in it. Who really, truly, had the lead in it. And that was, she was just, I think, magnificent.

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