John Karlen, Star of Dark Shadows, Cagney & Lacey, Hill Street Blues, Dies at 86


Karlen won an Emmy in 1986 for his role as Harvey Lacey in the Cagney & Lacey series

By Benjamin VanHoose for

January 24, 2020
Photo by Peter Brooker/Shutterstock (661543m)
Tyne Daly, John Karlen and Sharon Gless
‘Cagney and Lacey’ DVD launch event at the Museum of Television and Radio, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, America – 30 Apr 2007

Longtime television actor John Karlen, recognizable from his work on shows like Dark Shadows and Cagney & Lacey, has died at age 86, multiple outlets report.

On Wednesday, Karlen died of congestive heart failure while under hospice care in Burbank, Calif., his spokesperson, Jim Pierson, told the Associated Press.

Karlen, born John Adam Karlewicz, made a name for himself as a character actor with roles that cultivated a devoted fan base, including starring as Willie Loomis on the gothic series Dark Shadows, which ran from 1966 to 1971.

The show was adapted into a Tim Burton–directed movie in 2012 starring Johnny Depp, with actor Jackie Earle Haley playing Karlen’s famous role.

As part of another celebrated series — cop drama Cagney & Lacey that premiered in 1981 — Karlen won an Emmy Award for playing the role of Harvey Lacey. He also received two other outstanding supporting actor nominations for the Cagney & Lacey character.

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