James Karen

Actor, Commercial spokesperson
A well-bred supporting player of stage, film and TV, James Karen is the kind of actor whose face is immediately recognizable to the audience, but whose name is often elusive. He is also one of those actors who always ... Read more »
Born: 11/27/1923 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (113)

Jack and the Beanstalk 2014 (Movie)

Saddius (Actor)

To Kill A Memory 2014 (Movie)

Seymour Redfield (Actor)

Sympathy for Delicious 2011 (Movie)

Father Rohn (Actor)

Cold Case 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Garbo 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Superman Returns 2006 (Movie)

Ben Hubbard (Actor)

The Pursuit of Happyness 2006 (Movie)

Martin Frohm (Actor)

Trail of the Screaming Forehead 2006 (Movie)

Reverend Beaks (Actor)

Unscripted 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

A House on a Hill 2003 (Movie)

Sy (Actor)

Judging Amy 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

First Monday 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

JAG 1992 - 1997, 1999 - 2000, 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Beverly Hills 90210 1992 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1990 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mulholland Drive 2001 (Movie)

Wally Brown (Actor)

The Practice 1992 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Walker, Texas Ranger 1992 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

One Last Flight 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Thirteen Days 2000 (Movie)

George Ball (Actor)

Any Given Sunday 1999 (Movie)

Christina's Advisor (Actor)

NightMan 1997 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Always Say Goodbye 1998 (Movie)

William Tager (Actor)

Apt Pupil 1998 (Movie)

Victor Bowden (Actor)

Girl 1998 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

Seinfeld 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bodies of Evidence 1992 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

I'll Fly Away 1992 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Melrose Place 1992 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ned and Stacey 1992 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sisters 1992 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Commish 1992 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Buster Keaton: Genius in Slapshoes 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Piranha 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

River Made to Drown In 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Up Close and Personal 1996 (Movie)

Tom Orr (Actor)

Coach 1992 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Congo 1995 (Movie)

College President (Actor)

Hearts Afire 1992 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nixon 1995 (Movie)

Bill Rogers (Actor)

Sweet Justice 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Companion 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

A Kiss Goodnight 1993 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Designing Women 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Heart of the Deal 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Unborn 1991 (Movie)

Dr Richard Meyerling (Actor)

Drug Wars: the Camarena Story 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Closer 1990 (Movie)

Ned Randall (Actor)

Vital Signs 1990 (Movie)

Dean of Students (Actor)

Spirit of the Eagle 1989 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Girlfriend From Hell 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Willies 1989 (Movie)

Jenkins (Actor)

Wild Jack 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Return of the Living Dead Part II 1988 (Movie)

Ed (Actor)

The Roommate 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

Wall Street 1987 (Movie)

Lynch (Actor)

Hardbodies 2 1986 (Movie)

Logan (Actor)

Invaders From Mars 1986 (Movie)

General Wilson (Actor)

Cheers 1985 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jagged Edge 1985 (Movie)

Andrew Hardesty (Actor)

Latino 1985 (Movie)

Colonel (Actor)

Return of the Living Dead 1985 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Little House: The Last Farewell 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Sam's Son 1984 (Movie)

Mr Collins (Actor)

The Powers of Matthew Star 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Frances 1982 (Movie)

Judge Hillierarold (Actor)

Poltergeist 1982 (Movie)

Mr Teague (Actor)

Time Walker 1982 (Movie)

Wendell Rossmore (Actor)

Eight Is Enough 1976 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Take This Job and Shove It 1981 (Movie)

Loomis (Actor)

F.D.R. -- The Last Year 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Portrait of a Rebel: Margaret Sanger 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jazz Singer 1980 (Movie)

Barney Callahan (Actor)

Topper 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Me and Ducky 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Opening Night 1979 (Movie)

Bell Boy (Actor)

The China Syndrome 1979 (Movie)

Mac Churchill (Actor)

Capricorn One 1978 (Movie)

Vice President Price (Actor)

F.I.S.T. 1978 (Movie)

Andrews (Actor)

The Gathering 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

All the President's Men 1976 (Movie)

Hugh Sloan's Lawyer (Actor)

Amazing Grace 1974 (Movie)

Annenberg (Actor)

Rivals 1971 (Movie)

Child Psychiatrist (Actor)

Hercules Goes Bananas 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster 1965 (Movie)

Dr Adam Steele (Actor)

Film 1964 (Movie)

(Actor)

Absolute Strangers (TV Show)

Actor

Behind Enemy Lines (TV Show)

Actor

Blind Ambition (TV Show)

Actor

Bonanza: Under Attack (TV Show)

Actor

Institute For Revenge (TV Show)

Actor

Lies Before Kisses (TV Show)

Actor

My Last Love (TV Show)

Actor

Once Upon a Family (TV Show)

Actor

Rich Men, Single Women (TV Show)

Actor

Shadow of Doubt (TV Show)

Actor

Shattered Dreams (TV Show)

Actor

Something For Joey (TV Show)

Actor

Staying Afloat (TV Show)

Actor

Thanksgiving Day (TV Show)

Actor

The Billionaire Boys Club (TV Show)

Actor

The Day the Bubble Burst (TV Show)

Actor

The Ordeal of Patty Hearst (TV Show)

Actor

Universal Horror (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A well-bred supporting player of stage, film and TV, James Karen is the kind of actor whose face is immediately recognizable to the audience, but whose name is often elusive. He is also one of those actors who always seems to work. Karen is also known to millions in the New York area as the spokesperson for the Pathmark chain of supermarkets for more than two decades.

Relationships

Mae Karnufsky

Mother

Reed Karen

Son

Alba Francesca Actor

Wife

Joseph Karnufsky

Father

Susan Reed Actor

Wife

EDUCATION

The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York , New York
studied with Sanford Meisner

Milestones

2006

Cast opposite Will Smith in the drama, "The Pursuit of Happyness"

2005

Appeared in Bryan Singer's "Superman Returns," based on the fictional DC Comics character Superman

2001

Cast in "Mulholland Drive," the psychological thriller written and directed by David Lynch

2000

Cast in "Thirteen Days," a film directed by Roger Donaldson about the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962

1998

Had supporting role in "Apt Pupil"

1995

Portrayed Bill Rogers in "Nixon"

1990

Was featured in "Vital Signs"

1987

Appeared in "Wall Street"

1983

Had regular role of Major Wymore in the NBC series "The Powers of Matthew Star"

1982

Played key role as Teague, the real estate agent, in "Poltergeist"

1979

Miniseries debut, "Blind Ambition"

1977

TV-movie debut, "The Gathering"

1969

TV series debut as regular, portrayed Linc Tyler on the ABC daytime drama "All My Children"

1968

Began association with Pathmark supermarkets as commercial spokesperson, a role which would continue for more than two decades (date approximate)

1965

Film debut, "Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster"

1948

TV debut as Bob Cratchett in NBC production of "A Christmas Carol"

1948

Broadway debut, "A Streetcar Named Desire"

1941

Served in the US Air Force during WWII

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