Character Actor Known for ‘Poltergeist,’ ‘China Syndrome’ and Many Other High-Profile Films Dies

Oct 24, 2018  •  Post A Comment

A character actor who was a familiar face thanks to his roles in high-profile movies such as “Poltergeist,” “The China Syndrome,” “Return of the Living Dead” and “Wall Street,” and in the TV movie “Little House: The Last Farewell” that brought “Little House on the Prairie” to an end, has died.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, James Karen died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 94.

“Karen, who usually portrayed authority figures, good and bad, during his seven-decade career … appeared in three films for director Oliver Stone: as Lynch, the office manager at Jackson Steinem, where Charlie Sheen’s stockbroker character works, in ‘Wall Street’ (1987); as Secretary of State William Rogers in ‘Nixon’ (1995); and as a Miami Sharks executive in ‘Any Given Sunday’ (1999),” THR reports.

Karen was honored twice by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA, as the winner of the organization’s Life Career Award in 1998 and also as a nominee for Best Actor in 1986 for “The Return of the Living Dead.”

James Karen (YouTube — interview clip posted in 2016)

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