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John Karlen

Mostly Credited As: John Karlen
Birth Name: John Adam Karlewicz
Date Of Birth: May 28, 1933 (Age 81)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York
Height: 5' 10" (1.77 m)

John Karlen


John Karlen lived a hand-to-mouth existence for 25 years, barely able to pay the monthly rent and the family medical bills. Then in 1982, he got hired to portray the husband in Cagney & Lacey, perhaps the most female-oriented drama series ever created."I was born and raised in south Brooklyn; my father was born in Puznine, Poland," the actor confides. He grew up in an Italian neighborhood in New York. After spending 15 years scuffling around New York stage productions, Karlen, his wife and family moved to Los Angeles in 1972. There he gained a respectable amount of TV and movie work, mostly in small roles. Karlen doesn't enjoy intellectualizing about his acting craft, preferring to play his part with almost no degree of philosophical preparation.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Snoops (1989) (1989)As: Lt. Sam Akers
Cagney & Lacey (1982)As: Harvey Lacey
Dark Shadows (1966) (1966)As: Willie Loomis #2; Carl Collins; William Hollingshead Loomis; Desmond Collins; Kendrick Young (1967-1971)
Episode Cast Credits 

Murder, She Wrote (1984) 
  Nan's Ghost (2) 12x07: (Nov/09/1995) As Superintendant Arthur Joyce 
  Nan's Ghost (1) 12x06: (Nov/02/1995) As Spt. Arthur Joyce 
  To the End Will I Grapple With Thee 08x17: (Mar/15/1992) As Patrick McNair 
  The Grand Old Lady 06x03: (Oct/08/1989) As Lt. Martin McGinn 

Mad About You (1992) 
  Mad About You (2) 03x14: (Feb/02/1995) As Gus Stemple 
  Mad About You (1) 03x13: (Feb/02/1995) As Gus Stemple 
  Giblets for Murray 03x08: (Nov/17/1994) As Gus Stemple 

227 (1985) 
  Jackee 04x23: (May/11/1989) As Nathan Pollock 

The ABC Afterschool Special (1972) 
  Date Rape 17x01: (Sep/15/1988) As Joe Farrell 

Cagney & Lacey (1982) 
  Schedule One 06x01: (Sep/29/1986) As Harvey 

The Emmy Awards (1949) 
  The 38th Annual Emmy Awards 38x01: (Sep/21/1986) As Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (for 'Cagney & Lacey') 

Hill Street Blues (1981) 
  Freedom's Last Stand 02x11: (Jan/28/1982) As Inspector Pearson 
  The Spy Who Came In from Delgado 02x10: (Jan/21/1982) As Inspector Pearson 

Fame (1982) (1982) 
  Tomorrow's Farewell 01x03: (Jan/21/1982) As Detective Kessler 

Trapper John, M.D. (1979) 
  A Case of the Crazies 02x14: (Mar/29/1981) As Marty 

Vega$ (1978) 
  Out of Sight 03x16: (Mar/18/1981) As Geddes 
  The Day the Gambling Stopped 02x09: (Dec/12/1979) As Eddie Stolvak 

Quincy, M.E. (1976) 
  Dear Mummy 06x09: (Jan/21/1981) As Agent Brice 
  Hot Ice 05x05: (Oct/18/1979) As Agent Brice 
  Semper-Fidelis 04x20: (Mar/15/1979) As Gunnery Sergeant Alistair Adams 

Lou Grant (1977) 
  Gambling 03x07: (Nov/05/1979) As Ken Navaretti 

Sword of Justice (1978) 
  Blackjack 01x09: (Jul/11/1979) As Jerry Lombardi 

The Mod Squad (1968) 
  Return of the Mod Squad (May/18/1979) As Marty 
  Belinda -- End of Little Miss Bubble Gum 05x14: (Dec/07/1972) As Unknown 

Kaz (1978) 
  The Battered Bride 01x21: (Apr/11/1979) As Fred 

Supertrain (1979) 
  Express to Terror 01x01: (Feb/07/1979) As Quinn, [Co-Guest Stars]

Starsky & Hutch (1975) 
  Ballad for a Blue Lady 04x14: (Jan/23/1979) As Deputy D.A. Stanton 

Barnaby Jones (1973) 
  A Frame for Murder 07x07: (Nov/16/1978) As Johnny Alban 
  The Scapegoat 06x15: (Jan/05/1978) As Easy Eddie 

The Rockford Files (1974) (1974) 
  Rosendahl and Gilda Stern are Dead 05x02: (Sep/29/1978) As Leo 

Kojak (1973) (1973) 
  The Captain's Brother's Wife 05x16: (Feb/04/1978) As Hicks 
  Web of Death 01x02: (Oct/31/1973) As Pinky 

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977) 
  The Lady on Thursday at Ten 02x13: (Jan/01/1978) As Rocky 

ABC Weekend Specials (1977) 
  My Dear Uncle Sherlock 01x12: (Dec/31/1977) As ..., [Starring Roles]

Charlie's Angels (1976) (1976) 
  Angel Baby 02x11: (Nov/16/1977) As Chaffey 

Police Story (1973) (1973) 
  Prime Rib 04x22: (Apr/05/1977) As Shep 
  Slow Boy (Mar/20/1973) As Unknown 

Hunter (1977) (1977) 
  Bluebird is Back 01x01: (Feb/18/1977) As Abel 

All in the Family (1971) 
  Mike Goes Skiing 07x18: (Jan/22/1977) As Leo 

Most Wanted (1976) 
  The White Collar Killer (aka The Watergate Killer) 01x09: (Jan/01/1977) As Red Murphy 

Serpico (1976) 
  Rapid Fire 01x09: (Dec/10/1976) As Eddie Hibbard 

The Streets of San Francisco (1972) 
  No Minor Vices 05x05: (Nov/04/1976) As Nat Reeves 
  Poisoned Snow 04x01: (Sep/11/1975) As Vernon 

The Waltons (1972) 
  The Baptism 05x04: (Oct/14/1976) As Reverend Ezekiel Henshaw 

Hawaii Five-O (1968) (1968) 
  Anatomy of a Bribe 08x19: (Jan/15/1976) As Dave Harris 

Mobile One (1975) 
  The Boxer 01x11: (Dec/01/1975) As Mickey Scanlon 

Medical Center (US) (1969) 
  No Hiding Place 07x04: (Sep/29/1975) As Danny Taggert 
  Judgement 04x17: (Jan/17/1973) As Frank Crane 

Joe Forrester (1975) 
  The Witness 01x02: (Sep/16/1975) As Mason 

Mannix (1967) 
  Quartet for a Blunt Instrument 08x19: (Feb/23/1975) As Unknown 

Shazam! (1974) 
  Thou Shalt Not Kill 01x03: (Sep/24/1974) As Nick Roberts 

The Sixth Sense (1972) 
  Through a Flame Darkly 02x06: (Nov/04/1972) As Ed 

Cool Million (1972) 
  Mask of Marcella (Oct/16/1972) As Werner 

Hallmark Hall Of Fame (1951) 
  The Patriots 13x01: (Nov/15/1963) As Ned 

Stoney Burke (1962) 
  Joby 01x23: (Mar/18/1963) As Mickey 

The Gallant Men (1962) 
  Signals for an End Run 01x10: (Dec/07/1962) As Lieutenant Tyrell 

The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor (1959) 
  Strangers in the House 03x29: (May/04/1962) As Frankie 

Naked City (1958) 
  The Manhole 01x15: (Jan/06/1959) As Chuck 
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