John Karlen

John Karlen (born John Adam Karlewicz) was 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 which aired from 1966 to 1971. Karlen also played Harvey Lacey, husband of Mary Beth Lacey (played by Tyne Daly), on the CBS crime series Cagney & Lacey (1982–88).

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Racing with the Moon (1984)

Henry and Nicky are small town pals from blue collar families with only a short time before they ship off to World War II. Henry begins romancing new-to-town Caddie Winger, believing her to be wealthy. Mischievious and irresponsible, Nicky gets into trouble which ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Benjamin
CAST:  Sean Penn  •  Nicolas Cage  •  Elizabeth McGovern  •  John Karlen

Henry and Nicky are small town pals from blue collar families with only a short time before they ship off to World War II. Henry begins romancing new-to-town Caddie Winger, believing her to be wealthy. Mischievious and irresponsible, Nicky gets into trouble which ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Benjamin
CAST:  Sean Penn  •  Nicolas Cage  •  Elizabeth McGovern  •  John Karlen

Surf Ninjas (1993)

Two Asian-American "surfer-dude" brothers discover they are the long lost princes from a China Sea Island. Part of their inheritance are magically-induced martial arts prowess. Using their new powers they act to overthrow the island's current dictator, a despotic ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Neal Israel
CAST:  Rob Schneider  •  Ernie Reyes, Jr.  •  Tone Loc  •  John Karlen

Two Asian-American "surfer-dude" brothers discover they are the long lost princes from a China Sea Island. Part of their inheritance are magically-induced martial arts prowess. Using their new powers they act to overthrow the island's current dictator, a despotic ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Neal Israel
CAST:  Rob Schneider  •  Ernie Reyes, Jr.  •  Tone Loc  •  John Karlen

Trilogy of Terror (1975)

A horror anthology containing three stories: a female college professor is aggressively pursued by one of her students; a prudish brunette determines that her free-spirited blonde sister is evil; and a woman's night turns upside down after she purchases an ancient ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Curtis
CAST:  Karen Black  •  Robert Burton  •  John Karlen  •  George Gaynes

A horror anthology containing three stories: a female college professor is aggressively pursued by one of her students; a prudish brunette determines that her free-spirited blonde sister is evil; and a woman's night turns upside down after she purchases an ancient ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Curtis
CAST:  Karen Black  •  Robert Burton  •  John Karlen  •  George Gaynes

Night of Dark Shadows (1971)

A newlywed painter and his wife move into his family's ancestral home and find themselves plagued by spirits of past residents.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Curtis
CAST:  David Selby  •  Grayson Hall  •  Kate Jackson  •  Lara Parker

A newlywed painter and his wife move into his family's ancestral home and find themselves plagued by spirits of past residents.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Curtis
CAST:  David Selby  •  Grayson Hall  •  Kate Jackson  •  Lara Parker

House of Dark Shadows (1970)

The story of vampire Barnabas Collins, the possible cure offered him by Dr. Julia Hoffman, and his search for love amidst the horror.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Curtis
CAST:  Jonathan Frid  •  Grayson Hall  •  Joan Bennett  •  John Karlen

The story of vampire Barnabas Collins, the possible cure offered him by Dr. Julia Hoffman, and his search for love amidst the horror.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Curtis
CAST:  Jonathan Frid  •  Grayson Hall  •  Joan Bennett  •  John Karlen

Calendar Girl, Cop, Killer? The Bambi Bembenek Story (1992)

Story of attractive cop Laurencia Bembenek, who, in 1982, was sentenced to prison for killing her husband's ex-wife in Milwaukee, WI.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerry London
CAST:  Timothy Busfield  •  Lindsay Frost  •  John Karlen  •  Linda Blair

Story of attractive cop Laurencia Bembenek, who, in 1982, was sentenced to prison for killing her husband's ex-wife in Milwaukee, WI.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerry London
CAST:  Timothy Busfield  •  Lindsay Frost  •  John Karlen  •  Linda Blair

Cagney & Lacey: True Convictions (1996)

Detectives Cagney and Lacey come face-to-face with their true feelings about capital punishment when they're assigned to the city's first capital murder case in 10 years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lynne Littman
CAST:  Sharon Gless  •  Tyne Daly  •  Michael Moriarty  •  Chip Zien

Detectives Cagney and Lacey come face-to-face with their true feelings about capital punishment when they're assigned to the city's first capital murder case in 10 years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lynne Littman
CAST:  Sharon Gless  •  Tyne Daly  •  Michael Moriarty  •  Chip Zien

Cagney & Lacey: The View Through the Glass Ceiling (1995)

Cagney and Lacey work a case involving police corruption and document forgery. Chris seeks a prestigious promotion, while Mary Beth has to deal with the return of her sickly, aged father.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Patterson
CAST:  Tyne Daly  •  Sharon Gless  •  George Coe  •  Lynne Thigpen

Cagney and Lacey work a case involving police corruption and document forgery. Chris seeks a prestigious promotion, while Mary Beth has to deal with the return of her sickly, aged father.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Patterson
CAST:  Tyne Daly  •  Sharon Gless  •  George Coe  •  Lynne Thigpen

Daddy (1987)

Two high schoolers are unprepared for the reality of parenthood when the girl becomes pregnant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Herzfeld
CAST:  Patricia Arquette  •  Danny Aiello  •  Dermot Mulroney  •  John Karlen

Two high schoolers are unprepared for the reality of parenthood when the girl becomes pregnant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Herzfeld
CAST:  Patricia Arquette  •  Danny Aiello  •  Dermot Mulroney  •  John Karlen

Native Son (1986)

In 1940s Chicago, a young black man takes a job as a chauffeur to a white family, which takes a turn for the worse when he accidentally kills the teenage daughter of the couple and then tries to cover it up.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerrold Freedman
CAST:  Victor Love  •  Matt Dillon  •  Elizabeth McGovern  •  Geraldine Page

In 1940s Chicago, a young black man takes a job as a chauffeur to a white family, which takes a turn for the worse when he accidentally kills the teenage daughter of the couple and then tries to cover it up.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerrold Freedman
CAST:  Victor Love  •  Matt Dillon  •  Elizabeth McGovern  •  Geraldine Page

The Return of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer (1986)

After two attempts to kidnap a little girl Mike Hammer is hired to protect her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ray Danton
CAST:  Stacy Keach  •  Emily Rose Chance  •  Don Stroud  •  Lauren Hutton

After two attempts to kidnap a little girl Mike Hammer is hired to protect her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ray Danton
CAST:  Stacy Keach  •  Emily Rose Chance  •  Don Stroud  •  Lauren Hutton

The Long Days of Summer (1980)

A Jewish attorney and his son battle anti-Semitism in pre-war New England.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Curtis
CAST:  Dean Jones  •  Joan Hackett  •  Ronnie Scribner  •  Louanne

A Jewish attorney and his son battle anti-Semitism in pre-war New England.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Curtis
CAST:  Dean Jones  •  Joan Hackett  •  Ronnie Scribner  •  Louanne

Cagney & Lacey: The Return (1994)

1994. Cagney, now a Lieutenant, re-teams with Lacey, who has left the force, to search for a cache of missing firearms.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Frawley
CAST:  Sharon Gless  •  Tyne Daly  •  James Naughton  •  David Paymer

1994. Cagney, now a Lieutenant, re-teams with Lacey, who has left the force, to search for a cache of missing firearms.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Frawley
CAST:  Sharon Gless  •  Tyne Daly  •  James Naughton  •  David Paymer

Cagney & Lacey: Together Again (1995)

New York's toughest lady detectives re-team to solve the murder of a homeless transient who had been terrorizing the residents of a posh apartment building with screaming threats, insults and physical intimidation. Though the cops think the culprit is another ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Reza Badiyi
CAST:  Tyne Daly  •  Sharon Gless  •  James Naughton  •  David Paymer

New York's toughest lady detectives re-team to solve the murder of a homeless transient who had been terrorizing the residents of a posh apartment building with screaming threats, insults and physical intimidation. Though the cops think the culprit is another ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Reza Badiyi
CAST:  Tyne Daly  •  Sharon Gless  •  James Naughton  •  David Paymer

Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story (1982)

The story of singer Rosemary Clooney's rise to fame, her marriage to Jose Ferrer, and her nervous breakdown.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jackie Cooper
CAST:  Sondra Locke  •  Tony Orlando  •  Penelope Milford  •  John Karlen

The story of singer Rosemary Clooney's rise to fame, her marriage to Jose Ferrer, and her nervous breakdown.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jackie Cooper
CAST:  Sondra Locke  •  Tony Orlando  •  Penelope Milford  •  John Karlen

Shirts/Skins (1973)

Six businessmen who have a weekly after-hours basketball game get caught up in a bet about a hide-and-seek contest.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William A. Graham
CAST:  René Auberjonois  •  Bill Bixby  •  Leonard Frey  •  Doug McClure

Six businessmen who have a weekly after-hours basketball game get caught up in a bet about a hide-and-seek contest.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William A. Graham
CAST:  René Auberjonois  •  Bill Bixby  •  Leonard Frey  •  Doug McClure

The Invasion of Carol Enders (1973)

Television thriller about a woman is possessed after a brutal attack.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Curtis  •  Burt Brinckerhoff
CAST:  Meredith Baxter  •  Charles Aidman  •  John Karlen  •  Christopher Connelly

Television thriller about a woman is possessed after a brutal attack.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Curtis  •  Burt Brinckerhoff
CAST:  Meredith Baxter  •  Charles Aidman  •  John Karlen  •  Christopher Connelly

Melvin Purvis G-Man (1974)

Agent Melvin Purvis is placed in charge of running down notorious killer Machine Gun Kelly, and sets out to do just that.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Curtis
CAST:  Dale Robertson  •  Harris Yulin  •  Dick Sargent  •  Margaret Blye

Agent Melvin Purvis is placed in charge of running down notorious killer Machine Gun Kelly, and sets out to do just that.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Curtis
CAST:  Dale Robertson  •  Harris Yulin  •  Dick Sargent  •  Margaret Blye

Perry Mason: The Case of the Glass Coffin (1991)

David Katz is a world famous magician and he comes to Denver with his group to perform for a charity gala for disabled children. Also there is Perry and Della as all three are supporters of the charity. Kate Ford, an assistant with an arrogant attitude, tells David ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christian I. Nyby II
CAST:  Raymond Burr  •  Barbara Hale  •  William R. Moses  •  Nancy Lee Grahn

David Katz is a world famous magician and he comes to Denver with his group to perform for a charity gala for disabled children. Also there is Perry and Della as all three are supporters of the charity. Kate Ford, an assistant with an arrogant attitude, tells David ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christian I. Nyby II
CAST:  Raymond Burr  •  Barbara Hale  •  William R. Moses  •  Nancy Lee Grahn

Babycakes (1989)

Grace is an overweight mortuary cosmetician who falls in love with Rob, a handsome subway train conductor who doesn't even know she exists. When she finally devises a way to meet him, they discover that although they are physically different, they have a lot more ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Schneider
CAST:  Ricki Lake  •  Craig Sheffer  •  Nada Despotovich  •  Paul Benedict

Grace is an overweight mortuary cosmetician who falls in love with Rob, a handsome subway train conductor who doesn't even know she exists. When she finally devises a way to meet him, they discover that although they are physically different, they have a lot more ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Schneider
CAST:  Ricki Lake  •  Craig Sheffer  •  Nada Despotovich  •  Paul Benedict
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