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Biography Edit

John Karlen (b. May 28th 1933) was born John Adam Karlewicz in Brooklyn, New York. In the realm of Dark Shadows, he is most famous for portraying the role of the henchman, Willie Loomis in the original 1966 series. He joined the cast in early 1967, and remained a series regular until the final episode in 1971. During his tenure on the show, he also portrayed the characters of Carl Collins (1897 flashback), William Hollingshead Loomis (1970 PT), Desmond Collins (1840 flashback), and Kendrick Young (1840 PT). Between the five characters, Karlen has appeared in a total of 164 episodes of Dark Shadows.

In 1970, Karlen reprised his most infamous character, Willie Loomis, in the revisionist feature film House of Dark Shadows. In 1971, Karlen found himself back at Collinwood, this time playing the part of writer Alex Jenkins in the movie Night of Dark Shadows.

John Karlen has made a career for himself as a character actor appearing on such notable television programs including: Hawaii Five-O, Police Story, Kojak, Barnaby Jones, Trapper John M.D. and many others. His most famous role (outside of Dark Shadows) is the character of Harvey Lacey, the husband to Tyne Daly’s character Mary Beth Lacey, from the 1980s TV series Cagney and Lacey, for which he won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor (Drama) in 1986.

Appearances Edit

As Willie Loomis (106 Episodes)Edit

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As Carl Collins (11 Episodes)Edit

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As William Hollingshead Loomis (8 Episodes)Edit

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As Desmond Collins (26 Episodes)Edit

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As Kendrick Young (23 Episodes)Edit

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As Willie LoomisEdit

House of Dark Shadows

As Alex JenkinsEdit

Night of Dark Shadows

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