Lenny Von Dohlen

Actor
An off-center character lead of stage, film, and TV since the early 1980s, Von Dohlen, angular, oddly handsome, and sporting strikingly blue eyes, is somewhat reminiscent of the young Anthony Perkins and tends to be ... Read more »
Born: 12/22/1958 in Augusta, Georgia, USA

Filmography

Actor (30)

Front Line 2014 (Movie)

Ludwig Haig (Actor)

White Camellias 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Downstream 2010 (Movie)

Elder Daniel (Actor)

Criminal Minds 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Teeth 2008 (Movie)

Bill, Brad's Father (Actor)

The Ghost Whisperer 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Miami 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chicago Hope 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cadillac 1997 (Movie)

Jimmy (Actor)

Home Alone 3 1997 (Movie)

Jernigan (Actor)

Bird of Prey 1996 (Movie)

Johnny (Actor)

Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story 1996 (Movie)

Forster (Actor)

One Good Turn 1996 (Movie)

Matt (Actor)

Picket Fences 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tollbooth 1996 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Eyes of the Beholder 1993 (Movie)

Janice (Actor)

Jennifer Eight 1992 (Movie)

Blattis (Actor)

Leaving Normal 1992 (Movie)

Harry Rainey (Actor)

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me 1992 (Movie)

Harold Smith (Actor)

Blind Vision 1989 (Movie)

William Dalton (Actor)

Dracula's Widow 1988 (Movie)

Raymond Everett (Actor)

Billy Galvin 1986 (Movie)

Billy Galvin (Actor)

Don't Touch 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Electric Dreams 1984 (Movie)

Miles Harding (Actor)

Sessions 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Tender Mercies 1983 (Movie)

Robert Dennis (Actor)

Kent State (TV Show)

Actor

Love Kills (TV Show)

Actor

The Ponder Heart (TV Show)

Actor

Under the Biltmore Clock (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

An off-center character lead of stage, film, and TV since the early 1980s, Von Dohlen, angular, oddly handsome, and sporting strikingly blue eyes, is somewhat reminiscent of the young Anthony Perkins and tends to be cast accordingly: as obsessive hitmen ("Love Kills" 1991); deceptively wholesome child molesters (a 1985 ABC Afterschool Special entitled "Don't Touch"); and weird yet sympathetic neighbors ("Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me" 1992). He was a strangely apt choice to play an extraterrestrial TV enthusiast in "Distant Signals", a superior installment of the syndicated "Tales From the Dark Side".

The Texas-born actor worked hard to lose his southwestern accent before pursuing an acting career. Ironically, Von Dohlen would make his film debut playing the leader of a C&W band in "Tender Mercies" (1982). More typically, as the star of the fanciful "Electric Dreams" (1984), he found himself in a love triangle with his computer. Von Dohlen may be best known for the recurring role of Harold Smith, a reclusive confidante of the slain Laura Palmer, on the cultish "Twin Peaks". He has also worked on stage, mostly in regional theater. More recently, he co-starred in "Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story" (1996) and was among the group of thugs attempting to wrest a computer chip hidden in a child's toy from an enterprising tot in "Home Alone 3" (1997).

Relationships

L H Van Dohlen III

Father
also owned a racetrack

Gay Von Dohlen

Mother

EDUCATION

Loretto Heights College

Denver , Colorado

Michael Chekhov Studio

New York , New York
studied with Blair Cutting

University of Texas at Austin

Austin , Texas

Milestones

2002

Starred in a Southern California stage production of "The Blue Room"

2001

Acted in the PBS special "The Ponder Heart"

1997

Co-starred in "Home Alone 3"

1992

Reprised the role of Harold Smith for the feature, "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me"

1990

Played the recurring role of Harold Smith on the cult mystery soaper, "Twin Peaks"

1986

Co-starred with Karl Malden as "Billy Galvin", an "American Playhouse" production (never aired on US TV)

1984

First starring role, "Electric Dreams", a romantic computer fantasy

1982

Was featured in the Off-Broadway play "Cloud 9", directed by Tommy Tune

1982

Feature acting debut as a C&W bandleader in "Tender Mercies"

1981

TV acting debut, "Kent State", a NBC TV-movie

1980

NYC stage debut in the Off-Off-Broadway production, "Twister"

1977

Stage debut as Romeo in Denver, Colorado

Raised in Goliad, Texas

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