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Lenny Von Dohlen

Highest Rated:   85% Tender Mercies (1983)
Lowest Rated:   25% Leaving Normal (1992)
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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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Just Within Reach
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Threshold
  • Dr. Clair
2017
No Score Yet Near Myth: The Oskar Knight Story
  • Oskar Knight
2017
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
79% 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
30% 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
39% Jennifer 8
  • Blattis
1992
61% Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me
  • Harold Smith
1992
No Score Yet Eyes Of The Beholder
  • Janice Bickle
1992
25% 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
47% Electric Dreams
  • Miles Harding
1984
85% Tender Mercies
  • Robert Dennis
1983
No Score Yet Kent State
  • Actor
1981

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Psych
2006-2014
  • Sheriff Jackson
  • 2010
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
  • Record Executive
  • 2009
No Score Yet Ghost Whisperer
2005-2010
  • Steve Wheller
  • 2007
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
  • Prof. Adam Metzger
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Pretender
1996-2000
  • Mr. Cox
  • 2000

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