Lenny Von Dohlen

Lenny Von Dohlen

Highest Rated: 83% Tender Mercies (1983)

Lowest Rated: 29% Home Alone 3 (1997)

Birthday: Dec 22, 1958

Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, USA

If childhood dreams are indicators of ones' future career, actor Lenny Von Dohlen might today be riding a horse in a blinding circle of dust and speed. Thankfully for his fans, the once aspiring jockey decided on a career in film and television, instead. After attending the University of Texas at Austin, the Augusta, GA, native explored the stage while majoring in drama at Denver's Loretto Heights College. Though he had some pre-college on-stage experience, it was during his stint at Loretto Heights that Von Dohlen truly began to heed his calling. By the early '80s, the actor's extensive stage work earned him a role in the made-for-TV feature Kent State (1981), and he moved to features with a brief turn in the acclaimed drama Tender Mercies in 1983. Following a brief return to the small screen, Von Dohlen received his biggest role to date in the technophobic feature Electric Dreams (1984). Cast as a hapless architect whose self-aware home computer unexpectedly becomes his rival in romance, the film was a hit with audiences and played in a seemingly endless loop on cable TV for years. It may not have been Shakespeare, but Electric Dreams certainly earned the rising star a healthy collection of dedicated fans. In the following years, Von Dohlen found himself once again primarily relegated to supporting roles, though a turn as Karl Malden's steel-worker son in Billy Galvin in 1986 proved that the young actor was as capable with drama as he had been with comedy. After closing out the decade by fighting the undead in Dracula's Widow (1988) and getting tangled up in a murder plot in Love Kills (1991), Von Dohlen once again got a chance to shine as the agoraphobic Harold Smith in David Lynch's Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992). A marked disappointment for both critics and many fans of the series at the time, the actor's eccentric performance gave the film one of its most memorable characters. A series of forgettable thrillers preceded a turn opposite Fairuza Balk in the twisted drama Tollbooth (1994). Two years later, Von Dohlen got a chance to shine in the little-seen drama Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story. A swift thrashing by an eight-year-old in Home Alone 3 (1997) did little to dampen the actor's spirit, and, in 2001, Von Dohlen returned to the small screen with the TVdrama The Ponder Heart.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Just Within Reach Mr. Baker 2017
No Score Yet Threshold Dr. Clair 2017
No Score Yet Near Myth: The Oskar Knight Story Oskar Knight 2017
No Score Yet Frontline Ludwig Haig 2014
No Score Yet Sessions Actor 2012
No Score Yet Annie and the Gypsy Actor 2012
No Score Yet Night Blind Actor 2010
No Score Yet Downstream Actor 2009
80% Teeth Bill $0.2M 2007
No Score Yet Masterpiece Theatre's American Collection DeYancey Clanahan 2001
No Score Yet One Good Turn Matt Forrest 2000
29% Home Alone 3 Jernigan 1997
No Score Yet Bird of Prey Johnny 1996
50% Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story Forster Batterham 1996
No Score Yet Tollbooth Jack 1994
37% Jennifer 8 Blattis 1992
64% Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me Harold Smith 1992
No Score Yet Eyes Of The Beholder Janice Bickle 1992
40% Leaving Normal Harry 1992
No Score Yet Blind Vision William 1991
No Score Yet Love Kills Jonathan Brinkman 1991
No Score Yet Dracula's Widow Raymond 1988
No Score Yet Billy Galvin Billy Galvin 1986
No Score Yet Under the Biltmore Clock Knowleton Whitney 1986
44% Electric Dreams Miles Harding 1984
83% Tender Mercies Robert Dennis 1983
No Score Yet Kent State Actor 1981


65% The Orville
Valondis 2017
89% Psych
Sheriff Jackson 2010
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
Record Executive 2009
No Score Yet Ghost Whisperer
Steve Wheller 2007
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
Prof. Adam Metzger 2002
33% The Magnificent Seven
Poplar 2000
No Score Yet The Pretender
Mr. Cox 2000
No Score Yet Chicago Hope
Tom Van Dusen 1999
82% Picket Fences
Laurie's Brother 1996
No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger
No Score Yet The Equalizer
No Score Yet American Playhouse
Knowleton Whitney 1985


Unger says: I can't tell you how much I appreciate you hitting me with a minivan..

Jernigan says: Never let your emotions get the best of you. You weren't paying attention. You should have been more vigilant.

Unger says: You should've taken driver's ed. I'm gonna have bad knees when I'm old and I'll have Burton Jernigan to thank.