May. 28th, 1933
Brooklyn, New York, USA
John Karlen's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1993 - Surf Ninjas
1984 - Impulse
1984 - Racing with the Moon
1981 - Pennies From Heaven
1978 - Killer's Delight
Guest TV Roles
Marine Gunnery Sgt. Alistair Adams
Loomis - Corrupt South Ferry Cop
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- John Karlen's then-wife, 'Betty Karlen' (qv), guest-starred in an episode of _"Cagney & Lacey" (1982)_ (qv), 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 escorted his longtime friend, former _"Cagney & Lacey" (1982)_ co-star, and Emmy nominee (for _"Judging Amy" (1999)_ (qv)) 'Tyne Daly' (qv) 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.
- John Karlen appeared, with Producer 'Dan Curtis (I)' (qv) and other surviving actors and personnel, in a tribute to their long-ago gothic-horror soap opera _"Dark Shadows" (1966)_ (qv), at the 'William Paley (I)' (qv) 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.
- He has admitted that he has a gambling addiction and that he has lost several thousand dollars over the years as a result.
- One son, Adam Karlen, born 1966.
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