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James Karen

Highest Rated:   100% I Never Sang for My Father (1970)
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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 YEAR
92% 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
29% Sympathy for Delicious
  • Father Bill Rohn
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
2006
76% Superman Returns
  • Ben Hubbard
2006
75% A House on a Hill
  • Sy
2003
No Score Yet A River Made to Drown In
  • Ray
2003
82% Mulholland Drive
  • Wally
2001
83% Thirteen Days
  • George Ball
2000
51% 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
29% Up Close & Personal
  • Tom Orr
1996
20% Joyride
  • Mayor
1996
No Score Yet Always Say Goodbye
  • William Tager
1996
75% Nixon
  • Bill Rogers
1995
23% 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
82% 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
68% Frances
  • Judge
1982
No Score Yet Time Walker
  • Dr. Wendell J. Rossmore
1982
88% Poltergeist
  • Teague
1982
No Score Yet The Day the Bubble Burst
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Take This Job and Shove It
  • Loomis
1981
15% The Jazz Singer
  • Barney Callahan
1980
83% The China Syndrome
  • MacChurchill
1979
61% Capricorn One
  • Vice President Price
1978
80% F.I.S.T.
  • Andrews
1978
92% 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
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
  • Guest
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Steve Pratt
No Score Yet Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Mr. Canterman

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