James Karen





11/28/1923 , Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, USA

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James Karen is a Broadway, television and film actor who was born on November 28, 923, in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. He made his Broadway debut in 1947 with his role in "A Streetcar Named Desire" and went on to act in over 20 Broadway productions. In 1948, James Karen began working on television series. He has also filmed over 5,000 television commercials during his career. He is most known for his roles in the soap opera "All My Children" (1970); "Wall Street," the 1987 film starring Charlie Sheen and Michael Douglas; the film "Mulholland Dr." (2001) and the 2006 Will Smith film "The Pursuit of Happyness." His television roles include episodes of "Walker, Texas Ranger," "The Practice," "The Nightmare Room," "JAG" and "Cold Case." The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films has recognized James Karen for his work. In 1986, he received a nomination for a Saturn Award for his role in "The Return of the Living Dead," and, in 1998, he won the Life Career Award.