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.
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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