Lynn Carlin

Actor
This American actress made a splash and earned an Academy Award nomination for her very first feature role, as John Marley's suicidal wife in John Cassavetes' "Faces" (1968). Lynn Carlin subsequently played wives and ... Read more »
Born: 01/31/1938 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (26)

Strike Force 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle Beyond the Stars 1979 (Movie)

Nell (Actor)

French Postcards 1979 (Movie)

Mrs Weber (Actor)

Not Until Today 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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James at 15 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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Bravo Two 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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The Honorable Sam Houston 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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The Last Angry Man 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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The Morning After 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Baxter 1971 (Movie)

Mrs Baxter (Actor)

Dead of Night 1971 (Movie)

Christine Brooks (Actor)

Taking Off 1971 (Movie)

Lynn Tyne (Actor)

Wild Rovers 1970 (Movie)

Sada Billings (Actor)

Tick, Tick, Tick 1969 (Movie)

Julia Little (Actor)

Faces 1968 (Movie)

Maria Forst (Actor)

A Killer in the Family (TV Show)

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A Step Out of Line (TV Show)

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Forbidden Love (TV Show)

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James at 15 (TV Show)

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Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones (TV Show)

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Silent Night, Lonely Night (TV Show)

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Terror on the 40th Floor (TV Show)

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The Kid From Nowhere (TV Show)

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The Lives of Jenny Dolan (TV Show)

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Biography

This American actress made a splash and earned an Academy Award nomination for her very first feature role, as John Marley's suicidal wife in John Cassavetes' "Faces" (1968). Lynn Carlin subsequently played wives and mothers before practically disappearing from acting after the early 1980s.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Carlin made her stage debut in "The Women" at the Laguna Beach Playhouse in Orange County. It took some years before "Faces" made her viable in Hollywood. She followed with "...tick...tick...tick" (1970), as George Kennedy's ambitious, henpecking wife and returned to the offbeat as Buck Henry's wife searching for her missing daughter amid the hippies and drug culture of NYC in Milos Forman's "Taking Off" (1971). Other maternal roles have included "Baxter" (1972) and "French Postcards" (1979).

The small screen saw Carlin cast for her maternal presence as well. She is perhaps best recalled as the parent of growing teen Lance Kerwin in the TV-movie "James at 15" (NBC, 1977) and its subsequent spin-off. Carlin had a recurring role as wife to deputy commissioner Herb Edelman in "Strike Force" (ABC, 1981-82). Her work in TV-movies included supporting Shirley Jones and Lloyd Bridges in "Silent Night, Lonely Night" (NBC, 1969), mothering teenage father Desi Arnaz Jr in "Mr and Mrs Bo Jo Jones" (ABC) 1971), and playing wife to Peter Falk's disgruntled Korean War veteran turned thief in "Step Out of Line" (CBS, 1971). Carlin was stuck in a burning skyscraper in "Terror on the 40th Floor" (NBC, 1974), and, also that year, played the alcoholic Dick Van Dyke's wife in the well-received "The Morning After" (ABC), one of the first telefilms to treat alcoholism as a disease of the middle class. She was a wife again, this time of the father of Texas independence, in the historic "The Honorable Sam Houston" (ABC, 1975). In 1976, Carlin was the less than inviting mother of a runaway turned prostitute in "Dawn: Portrait of a Teen-age Runaway" (NBC). Her last TV-movie role to date was as the mother of three young men who are manipulated into breaking their father (Robert Mitchum) out of jail with tragic results in "A Killer in the Family" (ABC, 1983). Carlin's was also seen in a guest appearance on the Angela Lansbury series "Murder, She Wrote" in 1987.

Relationships

Muriel Elizabeth Reynolds

Mother

Ansley Wolfe

Daughter

Daniel Wolfe

Son

Laurence Kramer

Father

John Wolfe

Husband

EDUCATION

Immaculata College

Immaculata , Pennsylvania

Stanislavsky Studio

Orange Coast College

Costa Mesa , California

Milestones

1977

Played title character's mother on TV series "James at 15/16" (NBC)

1970

Played wife of Buck Henry in comedy "Taking Off"

1968

Made TV movie debut in "Silent Night, Lonely Night" (NBC)

1968

Earned Academy Award nomination as best supporting actress for "Faces", her film debut

Played recurring role of Herb Edelman's wife on "Strike Force" (ABC)

Made professional stage debut in a production of "The Women" at the Laguna Beach (CA) Playhouse

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