James Karen

James Karen

  • Highest Rated: 100% I Never Sang for My Father (1970)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Return of the Living Dead Part II (1988)
  • Birthday: Nov 28, 1923
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Character actor Karen has had a 40-year career as an actor. He made his Broadway bow with Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Elia Kazan. Since then, he has worked continuously in theater, television and film, with such greats as his idol Buster Keaton, and on up to director Oliver Stone. His best-known films include Return of the Living Dead (1985) and Return of the Living Dead II (1988). Karen has also appeared in All the President's Men (1976), China Syndrome (1979), Poltergeist (1982), and Wall Street (1987). He was a regular on Eight is Enough (1977-81), starred in the science fiction series The Powers of Matthew Star as Major Wymore (1983) and had a recurring role on the cable series The Larry Sanders Show. Karen took on a series of small roles in notable films throughout the early 2000s; among his credits include Any Given Sunday (1999), Thirteen Days (2000), and Mulholland Dr. (2001). He played a supporting role alongside Will Smith and Thandie Newton in the 2006 drama The Pursuit of Happyness, and appeared in Superman Returns the same year. He worked with Chevy Chase and Christopher Lloyd in director Gary J. Tunnicliffe's adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk in 2009, and took a small part in 2010's psychological drama Sympathy for Delicious.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

93% Notfilm Actor 2015
No Score Yet The Butterfly Room Commesso 2014
No Score Yet America's Most Haunted Actor 2013
No Score Yet Drew Peterson: Untouchable Actor 2012
31% Sympathy for Delicious Father Bill Rohn $13.6K 2011
No Score Yet More Brains! A Return To The Living Dead Actor 2011
No Score Yet Jack and the Beanstalk Verri Saddius 2009
No Score Yet Drive-In Madness Host 2008
No Score Yet Trail of the Screaming Forehead Actor 2007
No Score Yet Outlaw Trail LeRoy Parker 2007
67% The Pursuit of Happyness Martin Frohm $162.6M 2006
75% Superman Returns Ben Hubbard $200.2M 2006
75% A House on a Hill Sy 2003
No Score Yet A River Made to Drown In Ray 2003
83% Mulholland Drive Wally $7.1M 2001
83% Thirteen Days George Ball 2000
52% Any Given Sunday Ed Phillips 1999
No Score Yet Girl Father 1999
No Score Yet My Last Love Phil 1999
No Score Yet One Last Flight Gramps 1999
53% Apt Pupil (Un Élève Doué) Victor Bowden 1998
No Score Yet Behind Enemy Lines TV Reporter 1998
No Score Yet Shadow of Doubt Norman Calloway 1998
No Score Yet Freedom Strike President Mitchell 1998
31% Up Close & Personal Tom Orr 1996
20% Joyride Mayor 1996
No Score Yet Always Say Goodbye William Tager 1996
74% Nixon Bill Rogers 1995
22% Congo College President 1995
No Score Yet Piranha Governor 1995
No Score Yet Tough and Deadly Winston Biggers 1994
No Score Yet Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love Actor 1994
No Score Yet The Companion Peter Franklin 1994
No Score Yet A Kiss Goodnight Sam 1994
No Score Yet Future Shock Actor 1993
No Score Yet The Unborn Dr. Meyerling 1991
No Score Yet The Closer Ned Randall 1990
No Score Yet The Willies Jenkins/Uncle Harry 1990
50% Vital Signs Dean of Students 1990
No Score Yet Shattered Dreams Charles O'Donnell 1990
No Score Yet Spirit of the Eagle Narration 1989
No Score Yet Girlfriend from Hell Actor 1989
No Score Yet Universal Horror Actor 1988
0% Return of the Living Dead Part II Ed 1988
78% Wall Street Lynch 1987
No Score Yet Billionaire Boys Club Mr. Fairmount Sr. 1987
No Score Yet Eight Is Enough: A Family Reunion Actor 1987
No Score Yet Drive-In Madness! (Screen Scaries) Actor 1987
No Score Yet Hardbodies 2 Logan 1986
36% Invaders from Mars Gen. Wilson 1986
80% Jagged Edge Andrew Hardesty 1985
91% The Return of the Living Dead Frank 1985
No Score Yet Latino: America's Secret War in Nicaragua Actor 1985
No Score Yet Sam's Son Mr. Collins 1984
64% Frances Judge 1982
No Score Yet Time Walker Dr. Wendell J. Rossmore 1982
85% Poltergeist Teague 1982
No Score Yet The Day the Bubble Burst Actor 1982
No Score Yet Take This Job and Shove It Loomis 1981
19% The Jazz Singer Barney Callahan 1980
84% The China Syndrome MacChurchill 1979
62% Capricorn One Vice President Price 1978
73% F.I.S.T. Andrews 1978
96% Opening Night Newsstand Operator 1977
No Score Yet Something for Joey Actor 1977
No Score Yet The Gathering Bob Block 1977
93% All the President's Men Lawyer 1976
17% Hercules in New York The Professor 1975
No Score Yet Amazing Grace Annenberg 1974
No Score Yet Rivals Child Psychiatrist 1972
100% I Never Sang for My Father Mr. Tucker, Old Age Home Director 1970
No Score Yet Film Actor 1965
No Score Yet Frankenstein Meets the Spacemonster Dr. Adam Steele 1965

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
Steve Pratt
  • 2008
No Score Yet Judging Amy
1999-2005
Dr. Irwin Garner
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Practice
1997-2004
Judge Knapp
  • 2001
No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger
1993-2001
Sen. Van Sickle
  • 2000
No Score Yet Beverly Hills, 90210
1990-2000
Reverend
  • 1998
88% Seinfeld
1989-1998
Mr. Canterman
  • 1998
No Score Yet Party of Five
1994-2000
Baker
  • 1997
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Mark
  • 1996
No Score Yet The Commish
1991-1996
Jimmy Malloy
  • 1995
No Score Yet Melrose Place
1992-1999
Judge Mike Thomas
  • 1994
No Score Yet Designing Women
1986-1993
Kearney
  • 1993
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
  • 1993
  • 1992
No Score Yet Coach
1989-1997
James
  • 1992
No Score Yet Matlock
1986-1995
Ed Billings
  • 1991
No Score Yet Charles in Charge
1984-1990
Austin Miller Mr. Bartlett
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1987
No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
1984-1989
Mr. Simenton
  • 1989
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
1988
Arvin Johns
  • 1989
No Score Yet The Golden Girls
1985-1992
Guest
  • 1988
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
1980-1988
Andrew Clifton
  • 1987
No Score Yet Who's the Boss?
1984-1992
James Whitlow
  • 1987
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
Guest Dr. Bennett Ludlow
  • 1985
97% Moonlighting
1985-1989
Alan Plastic Surgeon
  • 1985
No Score Yet Webster
1983-1989
Doctor
  • 1985
No Score Yet Family Ties
1982-1989
Phillip
  • 1984
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
1972-1983
Dr. Chesler
  • 1983
No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D.
1979-1986
Krewitt
  • 1983
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
1976-1983
Dr. Lench Dr. Chet Rawlins Mascek
  • 1983
  • 1979
  • 1977
No Score Yet The Jeffersons
1975-1985
Purcell
  • 1981
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
1974-1980
Martin Horvath John LaPointe
  • 1979
  • 1977
No Score Yet The Bionic Woman
1976-1978
George Morehouse
  • 1976
No Score Yet The Powers of Matthew Star
1982-1983
Maj. Wymore

QUOTES FROM James Karen CHARACTERS

Martin Frohm
What would you say if man walked in here with no shirt, and I hired him? What would you say?
Chris Gardner
He must have had on some really nice pants
Chris Gardner
He must have had on some really nice pants.
Ed
(after cutting off a zombie's head) - Kiss, kiss.
Ed
(after cutting off a zombie's head) Kiss, kiss.
Ed
Not me. You'll never find me in one of these. I'm gonna get me cremated.
Joey
You're just afraid that some old creep like you is going to come along and steal your head.
Ed
Watch your tongue boy, if you like this job.
Joey
Like this job?!
Ed
You see...we're the ones who take them out instead of putting them in.
Ed
You see, we're the ones who take them out instead of putting them in.
Burt
(after Burt hits the zombie in the head with a pickaxe) - I thought you said if we destroyed the brain, it'd die!
Burt
(after Burt hits the zombie in the head with a pickaxe) I thought you said if we destroyed the brain, it'd die!
Frank
(crying) - It worked in the movie!
Frank
(crying) It worked in the movie!
Burt
Well it ain't working now!
Freddy
(crying) - You mean that in the movie they lied?
Freddy
(crying) You mean that in the movie they lied?
Burt
(pointing to the body freezer) - One question, Frank. This guy screaming in here, you sure he's a dead cadaver?
Burt
(pointing to the body freezer) One question, Frank. This guy screaming in here, you sure he's a dead cadaver?
Frank
Why don't you open the door and find out?
Burt
It's all right. I'll take your word for that. If it is a reanimated body, we're gonna have to...we'll have to kill it.
Burt
It's all right. I'll take your word for that. If it is a reanimated body, we're gonna have to... we'll have to kill it.
Freddy
How do you kill it if it's already dead?
Burt
Well how do I know, Fred? Let me think.
Frank
It's not a bad question, Burt.
Frank
(calling his friend for help) - Burt? Frank...We have a little problem.
Frank
(calling his friend for help) Burt? We have a little problem.
Freddy
(wiping himself down) - That chemical is all over everything. - Stupid a**hole!
Freddy
(wiping himself down) That chemical is all over everything. Stupid a**hole!
Frank
Watch your tongue if you like this job!
Freddy
Like this job?!
Frank
Let me ask you a question, kid. Did you see that movie Night of the Living Dead?
Freddy
Yeah. That's the one where the corpses start eating the people. Shaw! What about it?
Frank
Did you know that movie was based on a true case?
Freddy
Come on. You're shi**ing me, right?
Frank
I've never been more serious in my life.
Freddy
That's not possible. They showed zombies taking over the world.
Frank
Well, they changed it all around. What really happened was, back in 1969, in Pittsburgh at the VA hospital, there was a chemical spill and all that stuff kind of leaked down into the morgue, it made all the dead bodies kind of jump around as though it was alive.
Freddy
What chemical?
Frank
245 trioxin, it's called.
Frank
If it's a reanimated body we will have to... we... we'll have to kill it!