|Birth name:||John Adam Karlewicz|
|Date of birth:||May 28th, 1933|
|Place of birth:||Brooklyn, New York City, New York|
|Date of death:||January 22nd, 2020|
|Place of death:||Burbank, California|
|Notable works:||Dark Shadows|
House of Dark Shadows
Night of Dark Shadows
|1st Horror:||Dark Shadows: 206|
John Karlen is an American actor born in Brooklyn, New York on May 28th, 1933. In horror circles he is best known for playing the stammering sychophant Willie Loomis from the 1966-71 gothic soap opera Dark Shadows. Although Loomis was Karlen's primary role, he also played other characters in the series including Carl Collins, Desmond Collins, William Hollingshead Loomis and Kendrick Young. In 1970, Karlen reprised the role of Willie Loomis for the MGM film House of Dark Shadows. Karlen returned to the franchise for the film's 1971 sequel Night of Dark Shadows, this time playing the role of Alex Jenkins. Karlen appeared in 182 episodes of the series overall.
Body of work[edit | edit source]
Film[edit | edit source]
|House of Dark Shadows||1970||Willie Loomis|
|Night of Dark Shadows||1971||Alex Jenkins|
|The Picture of Dorian Gray||1973||Alan Campbell|
|Trilogy of Terror||1975||Thomas Amman|
|Nightmare on the 13th Floor||1990||Sergeant Madden|
Television[edit | edit source]
|Wide World Mystery||Frankenstein (Part 1)||Otto Roget|
|Wide World Mystery||Nightmare at 43 Hillcrest||Frank Linwood|
Dark Shadows[edit | edit source]
As Willie Loomis[edit | edit source]
- Dark Shadows: 210
- Dark Shadows: 211
- Dark Shadows: 215
- Dark Shadows: 216
- Dark Shadows: 276
- Dark Shadows: 493
As Desmond Collins[edit | edit source]
Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]
Although John Karlen's most famous role is that of Willie Loomis, he is not the first actor to play the character. Actor James Hall played the role of Loomis in the character's first appearance in episode 199. He played the part for three more episodes before Karlen took over the character with episode 206.
John Karlen is considered a fan favorite at Dark Shadows conventions and has been a regular panel guest for more than thirty years.
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