John Karlen , the popular interpreter of many tv series and star of the tv series The house of the vampire - Dark shadows, has died in a hospital in Burbank, California, for the heart failure. He is 86 years old. The announcement of the death, which occurred last Wednesday, was given by Shadowgram, a newsletter designed to fans of Dark Shadows, the tv series that aired between 1967 and 1971, of which director Tim Burton has proposed a film version in 2011 with Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer.
After the Broadway debut, Karlen between the years '60 and '70, has starred in dozens of tv series, becoming a familiar face to Mannix, Medical Center, lieutenant Kojak, The streets of San Francisco, On the streets of California, the Rockford files, Barnaby Jones, and Quincy. Between 1982 and 1988, he starred in the crime series, Cbs New York, New York, where he dressed the role of Harvey Lacey, husband and home Tyne Daly, winning an Emmy Award for acting in 1986.
The popularity came to Karlen in 1967, when he was hired in the new serial of Abc's Dark Shadows to interpret Willie Loomis, in replacement of James Hall, who had departed suddenly after five episodes. His character arrives in the town of Collinsport, has made its entrance in the mausoleum of the Collins family and free unknowingly the vampire Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid), who had spent the last 200 years in a coffin.
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