James Karen

James Karen
1923 - 2018

James Karen  American Actor


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American Actor James Karen was born Jacob Karnofsky on 28th November, 1923 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA and passed away on 23rd Oct 2018 Los Angeles, California, USA aged 94. He is most remembered for The China Syndrome. His zodiac sign is Sagittarius.

James Karen was in 2 on-screen matchups, including Bea Arthur in The Golden Girls (1985) and Priscilla Morrill in Family Ties (1982).

James Karen is a member of the following lists: 2018 deaths, Actors from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and Male actors from Pennsylvania.


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Married2 33 years, 1 month 21 years 9 years
Total2 33 years, 1 month 21 years 9 years


First Name James
Last Name Karen
Full Name at Birth Jacob Karnofsky
Alternative Name Mr. Pathmark, Tinch, James Karen
Age 94 (age at death) years
Birthday 28th November, 1923
Birthplace Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA
Died 23rd October, 2018
Place of Death Los Angeles, California, USA
Build Average
Hair Color Salt and Pepper
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius
Sexuality Straight
Religion Jewish
Ethnicity White
Nationality American
Occupation Text Actor
Occupation Actor
Claim to Fame The China Syndrome
Year(s) Active 1948-present, 1948–2012, 1948–2018

James Karen (born Jacob Karnofsky; November 28, 1923 – October 23, 2018) was an American character actor of Broadway, film and television. Karen was best known for his roles in Poltergeist, The Return of the Living Dead, Invaders from Mars, and in The Pursuit of Happyness.

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James Karen94 SagittariusActor
Alba Francesca70Actress
Susan Reed84 CapricornSinger


Cynthia2018Frank TeagueMovie
Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk2017Interviewee #1Movie
Bender2016Old Man BenderMovie
Humanity2016AllenShort Film
Rain from Stars2013SpencerMovie
The Butterfly Room2012TaxidermistMovie
Ambush at Dark Canyon2012Seymour RedfieldMovie
Drew Peterson: Untouchable2012Pastor Tom KellerTV Movie
America's Most Haunted2012Ralph GeorgeMovie
Pride2011AnthonyShort Film
Sympathy for Delicious2010Father RohnMovie
Jack and the Beanstalk2009Verri SaddiusMovie
The Cleveland Show2009TV Show
Dark and Stormy Night2009Seyton EthelquakeMovie
Trail of the Screaming Forehead2007Reverend BeaksMovie
Heart Medicine2007MacShort Film
Outlaw Trail: The Treasure of Butch Cassidy2006Leroy ParkerMovie
Superman Returns2006Ben Hubbard (scenes deleted)Movie
The Pursuit of Happyness2006Martin FrohmMovie
American Dad!2005Larry HermanTV Show
Unscripted2005Dante's FriendTV Show
Office Court2005Judge JimmyShort Film
Flickering Blue2004AlShort Film
A House on a Hill2003SyMovie
Cold Case2003Steve Pratt '08TV Show
Fatal Kiss2002Larry JacobsTV Movie
First Monday2002Justice Michael BancroftTV Show
Mulholland Dr.2001Wally BrownMovie
Jane Bond2001ZShort Film
The Nightmare Room2001Tobias LangleyTV Show
Thirteen Days2000George BallMovie
Any Given Sunday1999Christina's AdvisorMovie
One Last Flight1999GrampsMovie
My Last Love1999Phil MortonTV Movie
Judging Amy1999Dr. Irwin GarnerTV Show
The Parkers1999Rupert Van LoweTV Show
Mulholland Dr.1999Wally BrownTV Movie
Apt Pupil1998Victor BowdenMovie
Freedom Strike1998President MitchellMovie
Shadow of Doubt1998Norman CallowayMovie
The Cowboy and the Movie Star1998Brad PetersTV Movie
River Made to Drown In1997RayMovie
Behind Enemy Lines1997TV ReporterMovie
Joyride1997The ClientMovie
NightMan1997Secretary of Defense LaughtonTV Movie
NightMan1997Secretary of Defense LaughtonTV Show
The Practice1997Judge in Tobacco Case, Judge KnappTV Show
Always Say Goodbye1996William TagerMovie
Up Close & Personal1996Tom OrrMovie
Dark Skies1996Harry CarruthersTV Show
Congo1995College President, Elliot's BossMovie
Nixon1995Bill RogersMovie
Bonanza: Under Attack1995Mr. StewartTV Movie
JAG1995Former COMSUBPAC, Senator BarringtonTV Show
Ned and Stacey1995Patrick KirklandTV Show
Future Shock1994KafkaMovie
Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love1994Mylan WhitfieldTV Movie
The Companion1994Peter FranklinTV Movie
Touched by an Angel1994Mark AbernathyTV Show
A Kiss Goodnight1994Sam MosbachTV Movie
Tick, Tick, Tick1994Short Film
A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion1993Assistant District Attorney Al SampsonTV Movie
Class of '961993Prof. DrakeTV Show
Walker, Texas Ranger1993SenatorTV Show
Staying Afloat1993GeorgeTV Movie
Stone Soup1993PaulMovie
Bodies of Evidence1992Gil MurphyTV Show
Hearts Afire1992Norman LynchTV Show
Melrose Place1992Judge Mike ThomasTV Show
The Larry Sanders Show1992Sheldon DavidoffTV Show
The Unborn1991Dr. Richard MeyerlingMovie
Absolute Strangers1991Dr. XTV Movie
Lies Before Kisses1991ArthurTV Movie
Sisters1991JudgeTV Show
The Commish1991Jimmy MalloyTV Show
Spirit of the Eagle1991Adult Little Eli (Narrator) (voice)Movie
The Closer1990Ned RandallMovie
The Willies1990Mr. Jenkins, Uncle HarryMovie
Vital Signs1990Dean of StudentsMovie
Drug Wars: The Camarena Story1990AideTV Show
Rich Men, Single Women1990TV Movie
Beverly Hills, 902101990MinisterTV Show
Thanksgiving Day1990Averill CrandallTV Movie
Road Lawyers and Other Briefs1990Judge Bowelmore (segment "Road Lawyers")Movie
Heart of the Deal1990Movie
Shattered Dreams1990Charles O'DonnellTV Movie
Girlfriend from Hell1989Carl's DadMovie
Booker1989Jack WingateTV Show
Coach1989James ArmstrongTV Show
Mancuso, FBI1989NaganTV Show
Seinfeld1989Mr. CantermanTV Show
The New Lassie1989Officer StanleyTV Show
The Roommate1989Short Film
Return of the Living Dead Part II1988EdMovie
Murphy Brown1988ArvinTV Show
Wall Street1987LynchMovie
Billionaire Boys Club1987Mr. Fairmont Sr.TV Movie
Eight Is Enough: A Family Reunion1987Eliot RandolphTV Movie
Jake and the Fatman1987Lyle Vandegrift, The MayorTV Show
Mathnet1987ProsecutorTV Show
Square One TV1987ProsecutorTV Show
Hardbodies 21986LoganMovie
Invaders from Mars1986Gen. Climet WilsonMovie
Designing Women1986KearneyTV Show
L.A. Law1986Dr. Everett KyleTV Show
Matlock1986Ed BillingsTV Show
Sledge Hammer!1986Governor Fritz La ChatteTV Show
Melba1986TV Show
Jagged Edge1985Andrew HardestyMovie
The Return of the Living Dead1985FrankMovie
2271985LawyerTV Show
Amazing Stories1985Richard WhelanTV Show
MacGyver1985Papillon, Robert SanbornTV Show
Moonlighting1985AlanTV Show
The Golden Girls1985RaymondTV Show
Sam's Son1984Mr. CollinsMovie
Little House: The Last Farewell1984Nathan LassiterTV Movie
The Boy Who Loved Trolls1984RichmanTV Movie
Charles in Charge1984Austin Miller, Mr. BartlettTV Show
Highway to Heaven1984Mr. SimentonTV Show
Three's a Crowd1984Dr. Richard KimberleyTV Show
Who's the Boss?1984JerryTV Show
Emerald Point N.A.S.1983Admiral LovellTV Show
Hardcastle and McCormick1983C. Calvin MooreTV Show
Webster1983Dr. FarradayTV Show
Frances1982Judge HillierMovie
Kiss Me Goodbye1982Lawyer (uncredited)Movie
Poltergeist1982Mr. TeagueMovie
Time Walker1982Dr. Wendell J. RossmoreMovie
The Day the Bubble Burst1982TV Movie
Cheers1982Dr. LudlowTV Show
Family Ties1982PhilipTV Show
Herbie, the Love Bug1982MinisterTV Show
The Powers of Matthew Star1982Major WymoreTV Show
Tucker's Witch1982Earl CraytonTV Show
Take This Job and Shove It1981LoomisMovie
The Violation of Sarah McDavid1981Dr. SpandlerTV Movie
Dynasty1981Avril DawsonTV Show
Simon & Simon1981Insurance AgentTV Show
The Jazz Singer1980Barney CallahanMovie
F.D.R.: The Last Year1980Adm. McIntireTV Movie
Magnum, P.I.1980Andrew Clifton, the IAD CopTV Show
Once Upon a Family1980Alvin HellerTV Movie
Portrait of a Rebel: The Remarkable Mrs. Sanger1980TV Movie
The China Syndrome1979Mac ChurchillMovie
Blind Ambition1979Earl SilbertTV Show
The Ordeal of Patty Hearst1979PsychologistTV Movie
Topper1979Fred KorbellTV Movie
Knots Landing1979Max CraigTV Show
Trapper John, M.D.1979KrewittTV Show
Institute for Revenge1979Power BrokerTV Movie
Capricorn One1978Vice President PriceMovie
Dallas1978Elton LawrenceTV Show
The Paper Chase1978Mr. PearsonTV Show
Opening Night1977BellboyMovie
Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night1977Dr. SuttermanTV Movie
Something for Joey1977Dr. WingreenTV Movie
The Gathering1977Bob BlockTV Movie
Eight Is Enough1977Eliot RandolphTV Show
Lou Grant1977Tyler ArmitageTV Show
Lucan1977MurdochTV Show
Rafferty1977TV Show
The Kallikaks1977TV Show
All the President's Men1976Hugh Sloan's LawyerMovie
Delvecchio1976PorterTV Show
Executive Suite1976CarterTV Show
Family1976Dr. AddisonTV Show
Quincy M.E.1976Dr. Chet Rawlings, Dr. Daniel Pierce, MaszekTV Show
Serpico1976Ed DemarestTV Show
The Bionic Woman1976George MorehouseTV Show
One Day at a Time1975Fred EmersonTV Show
Starsky and Hutch1975CarterTV Show
The Blue Knight1975TalfordTV Show
The Invisible Man1975Hotel ManagerTV Show
The Jeffersons1975Herbert PurcellTV Show
Amazing Grace1974AnnenbergMovie
Police Woman1974DriverTV Show
The Rockford Files1974John LaPointe, Martin HorvathTV Show
Rivals1972Child PsychiatristMovie
ABC Afterschool Specials1972Mr. FairchildTV Show
M*A*S*H1972Dr. Stephen CheslerTV Show
The Streets of San Francisco1972Frank BatzTV Show
McMillan & Wife1971George PaulingTV Show
The Waltons1971Martin WaltersTV Show
I Never Sang for My Father1970Old Age Home DirectorMovie
All My Children1970Lincoln 'Linc' Tyler #1 (1970) (original cast)TV Show
Hercules in New York1969Professor CamdenMovie
Hawaii Five-O1968WingfieldTV Show
Frankenstein Meets the Spacemonster1965Dr. Adam Steele (as Jim Karen)Movie
Film1965PasserbyShort Film
Car 54, Where Are You?1961Bird OwnerTV Show
The Defenders1961Paul Damon, Rabbi FineTV Show
Directions1960TV Show
As the World Turns1956Dr. Burke (1967-1970)TV Show
Lux Video Theatre1950LlewellynTV Show
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse1948TV Show
Sticky FingersBuddMovie
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