John Karlen is confirmed dead at the age of 86.

Like a hummingbird, John Karlen danced in the wind and ultimately flew to the afterlife.
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John was best known as a American actor (Daughters of Darkness).
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John Karlen's death was likely due to a broken heart.
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RT @CousinBarnabas: Dan Curtis directs John Karlen at @LyndhurstNY during the production of NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS, 1971.
RT @tynedalyonline: For John Karlen: “My buddy, my buddy, your buddy misses you.”
Jonathan Frid’s first episode of #darkshadows. I love this show. RIP John Karlen. #vampire #collinwood #eaglehill
RT @barbaracrampton: I usually watch Daughters of Darkness for Delphine Seyrig but tonight watched it for the great John Karlen…
RT @BeccaSCarroll: John Karlen’s first episode of #darkshadows does anyone know why James Hall was replaced after 5 episodes?
John Karlen’s first episode of #darkshadows does anyone know why James Hall was replaced after 5 episodes?
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RT @kathleighscott: Kathryn’s memories are featured in the story about the untimely passing of John Karlen. And they post a great pictu…
Dark Shadows actor John Karlen died last week. My mc Gwen was going to be Willie but I changed to a female. Willie…
@rosenknuckles 😢🙏❤️ He was really great .. awww .. Rest in Peace John Karlen.
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RT @DarkShadowsNews: We are sad to report the death of #DarkShadows actor John Karlen, who played Willie Loomis, the unforgettable foil…
@tynedalyonline Tyne Daly dear, I'am sorry about the passing of your cagney and lacey co-star John Karlen dear, I…
John Karlen, Actor in ‘Dark Shadows’ and ‘Cagney & Lacey,’ Dies at 86
Watching reruns of Cagney & Lacey tonight & shocked & saddened 2 C a photo of John Karlen appear w/year born & 2020…
RT @KSiteTV: Just read about the passing of John Karlen, well known to most for his role on #CagneyAndLacey but to me, was one o…
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RT @barbaracrampton: I usually watch Daughters of Darkness for Delphine Seyrig but tonight watched it for the great John Karlen…
@laurapetries I ask myself that question regularly, especially this week when he wrote that vile post about John Ka…
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John Karlen
John Adam Karlewicz

(1933-05-28)May 28, 1933
DiedJanuary 22, 2020(2020-01-22) (aged 86)
Years active1949–2016
Betty Karlen
(m. 1963; div. 1998)
John Karlen (born John Adam Karlewicz; May 28, 1933 – January 22, 2020) 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 between 206 and 1245, which aired from 1966 to 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 and death
3 Theatre
4 Filmography
5 Television
6 References
7 External links
Life and career
Karlen was born May 28, 1933, in Brooklyn, the son of Helen Agnes (née Balondowicz) and Adam Marion Karlewicz. He was of Polish descent. He enrolled in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts on a scholarship. His first acting experiences were on early television productions such as From These Roots and Kraft Television Theatre. His stage career began in 1959 in Sweet Bird of Youth.
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 from his coffin, setting off the events of the series. Karlen would stay with the television series for 182 episodes, playing various characters through 1971. He departed the show on two different occasions.
While not appearing on 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 co-stars for the 1970 House of Dark Shadows as Willie Loomis, and, in 1971, with Night of Dark Shadows as Alex Jenkins.
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 for his portrayal of Harvey Lacey in 1986; he received 2 further nominations, in 1985 and 1987.
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.
Personal life and death
In 1963, Karlen married acting teacher Betty Karlen but divorced in 1998; they had one child, Adam (born 1966).
Karlen died from heart failure in Burbank, California on January 22, 2020, at age 86.
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Mar 10, 1959
Jan 30, 1960
Sweet Bird of Youth
Tom Junior - Replacement
Martin Beck Theatre
Oct 29, 1960
Feb 4, 1961
Invitation to a March
Aaron JablonskiSchuyler Grogan
Music Box Theatre
Nov 11, 1963
Nov 16, 1963
Arturo Ui
Shorty Ensemble
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
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The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore
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Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Feb 18, 1965
Mar 27, 1965
All in Good Time
Geoffrey Fitton
Royale Theatre
Nov 1, 1965
Nov 6, 1965
Postmark Zero
Brooks Atkinson Theatre
March 5, 1966
April 17, 1966
Joe (Monopoly)Mr. Stein (Suburban Tragedy)
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