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James Karen

Actor | * 11/28/1923 († 94, 10/23/2018) | Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, USA
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. Karen was also known for his recurring television role as Tom Bradford's boss, Eliot Randolph, in Eight Is Enough. He appeared in commercials for Pathmark which earned his nickname "Mr. Pathmark". He was nominated for a Saturn Award for his 1985 role in The Return of the Living Dead. He also appeared in an episode of Cheers as Frasier's mentor and the father of Carla's sixth child. ()
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Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | Horror

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Movies with James Karen as Actor(87)

as Frank Teague2018 Cynthia
as Old Man Bender2016 Bender
as himself2015 Notfilm
as Pastor Tom Keller2014 Drew Peterson: Untouchable
as Ralph George2013 America's Most Haunted
as Sales Clerk2012 The Butterfly Room
as Anthony2011 Pride
as Father Rohn2011 Sympathy for Delicious
as Saddius2009 Jack and the Beanstalk
as Seyton Ethelquake2009 Dark and Stormy Night
as Martin Frohm2006 The Pursuit of Happyness
as Himself - Host / Narrator2004 So Funny It Hurt: Buster Keaton & MGM
as Larry Jacobs2002 Fatal Kiss
as Wally Brown2001 Mulholland Drive
as George Ball2000 Thirteen Days
as Christina's Advisor1999 Any Given Sunday
as Wally Brown1999 Mulholland Dr.
as Phil Morton1999 My Last Love
as Dad1998 Girl
as Victor Bowden1998 Apt Pupil
as Norman Calloway1998 Shadow of Doubt
as President Mitchell1998 Freedom Strike
as Himself / Interviewee1998 Universal Horror
as The Client / Mayor1997 Joyride
as Tom Orr1996 Up Close & Personal
as Mr. Stewart1995 Bonanza: Under Attack
as Winston Briggers1995 Tough and Deadly
as Bill Rogers1995 Nixon
as College President / Elliot's Boss1995 Congo
as Governor1995 Piranha
as Kafka1994 Future Shock
as Peter Franklin1994 The Companion
as Sam Mosbach1994 A Kiss Goodnight
as Assistant District Attorney Al Sampson1993 A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion
as Dr. X1991 Absolute Strangers
as Arthur1991 Lies Before Kisses
as Dr. Richard Meyerling1991 The Unborn
as Charles O'Donnell1990 Shattered Dreams
as Jenkins / Uncle Harry1990 The Willies
as Ned Randall1990 The Closer
as Judge Bowelmore1990 Road Lawyers and Other Briefs
as himself1989 Cult People
as Carl's Dad1989 Girlfriend from Hell
as Lynch1987 Wall Street
as Himself / Host / Narrator1987 Drive-In Madness
as Gen. Climet Wilson1986 Invaders from Mars
as Logan1986 Hardbodies 2
as Andrew Hardesty1985 Jagged Edge
as Nathan Lassiter1984 Little House: The Last Farewell
as Mr. Teague1982 Poltergeist
as Judge Hillier1982 Frances
as Lawyer1982 Kiss Me Goodbye
as Dr. Wendell J. Rossmore1982 Time Walker
as Adm. McIntire1980 F.D.R.: The Last Year
as Barney Callahan1980 The Jazz Singer
as Fred Korbell1979 Topper
as Mac Churchill1979 The China Syndrome
as Andrews1978 F.I.S.T.
as Dr. Wingreen1977 Something for Joey
as Bob Block1977 The Gathering
as Bellboy1977 Opening Night
as Vice President Price1977 Capricorn One
as Hugh Sloan's attorney1976 All the President's Men
as Annenberg1974 Amazing Grace
as Child Psychiatrist1972 Rivals
as Professor Camden1970 Hercules in New York
as Old Age Home Director1970 I Never Sang for My Father
as Passerby1965 Film

TV Shows/Series with James Karen as Actor(58)


Full Name: James Karen
Born: Wednesday, 11/28 1923 (November) in Wilkes-Barre
Died: Tuesday, 10/23 2018 (October) in Los Angeles (aged: 94)
Zodiac sign: Sagittarius (Chinese zodiac sign: Pig)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, James M. Coughlin High School
Spouses (current/former): Susan Reed
Other names for James Karen (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Jim Karen"
James Karen frequently works together with these people:
Clyde Kusatsu (18x, Actor)
Alan Fudge (18x, Actor)
Richard Herd (15x, Actor)
James Whitmore Jr. (14x, Crew)
Carmen Argenziano (14x, Actor)
Michael Ensign (14x, Actor)
Al Ruscio (14x, Actor)
Lee Garlington (13x, Actress)
John Rubinstein (13x, Actor)
Nicholas Pryor (13x, Actor)
Kenneth Tigar (13x, Actor)
Oliver Stone (10x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:9074, Added: 05/06/2018, Last updated: 03/25/2021