James Karen was conceived Jacob Karnofsky on November 28, 1923, in Wilkes-Barre, in northeastern Pennsylvania and died on October 23, 2018.
He was an American character performer of Broadway, film, and TV.
He was best known for his jobs in Poltergeist, The Return of the Living Dead, Invaders from Mars, and in The Pursuit of Happiness.
He was additionally referred to for his common TV job as Tom Bradford’s supervisor, Eliot Randolph in Eight is Enough.
Karen additionally showed up in advertisements for Pathmark which earned his epithet “Mr. Pathmark”.
Karen was assigned for a Saturn Award for his 1985 job in The Return of the Living Dead.
James Karen the son of Russian-born Jewish immigrants Mae (née Freed) and Joseph H. Karnofsky, a produce dealer.
During his teens Karen was encouraged to be an actor by U.S. Congressman Daniel J. Flood, who was an amateur thespian himself, recruiting him into a production at the Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre.
James Karen attended the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York.
His huge break came when he was requested to understudy Karl Malden in the first Broadway generation of A Streetcar Named Desire.
On TV, he played Dr. Burke on As the World Turns and was the first Lincoln Tyler on All My Children.
He was maybe best known for his repetitive job on the TV arrangement Eight Is Enough.
He is likewise notable on the East Coast for his 20 years as TV and radio representative for the Pathmark grocery store chain.
In the city of New York, Karen was known as “Mr. Pathmark”.
He showed up in a scene of the 1977 NBC circumstance satire The Kallikaks, and played Earl Silbert in the 1979 miniseries Blind Ambition.
After 10 years, James showed up in a scene of The Golden Girls as a forthcoming affection enthusiasm for Dorothy.
James Karen is additionally known for playing Herbert Purcell, a representative and pioneer of a neighborhood Ku Klux Klan part, in a 1981 scene of The Jeffersons; and the malevolent magnate Nathan Lassiter, who slaughtered the town of Walnut Grove in the last TV motion picture of Little House on the Prairie.
Karen has been a deep rooted individual from The Actors Studio.
His other remarkable film credits incorporate The China Syndrome and Oliver Stone’s Wall Street.
However, maybe his best known job were in the low-spending loathsomeness satire The Return of the Living Dead, where Karen featured as the supervisor of a restorative distribution center who accidentally discharges a gas that re-vivifies the dead.
James Karen was likewise known for his job in Poltergeist where he played the land designer who fabricated the California arranged network of Cuesta Verde over a previous burial ground.
During a 2006 meeting about his job in The Return of the Living Dead, Karen noticed that he composed most scenes of his character: “It was where he makes sense of he’s turning into a zombie and chooses to burn himself in the crematorium…He kisses his wedding band as he goes in. It was an extremely enthusiastic scene, yet it additionally got me out of being one of the rain-splashed zombies processing around outside the place toward the finish of the film. I would not generally like to do everything that sloppy stuff”.
He was set to show up in Superman Returns (2006) as Ben Hubbard, yet his scenes were at last cut.
Later in his profession, Karen was perceived for his job as Martin Frohm in the 2006 film The Pursuit of Happiness.
James Karen’s last film jobs were in the low-spending films Bender (2016) and Cynthia (2018).
James was married to Susan Reed, the former actress and folk singer.
In 1967, they divorced and in 1986, he married Alba Francesca.
He had one son Reed, whose godfather was Buster Keaton.
He was a good friend of Keaton
James Karen passed away at 94 years old.