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Old 10-26-18, 01:51 PM
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James Karen, Actor in 'Poltergeist' and So Much More, Dies at 94

James Karen, the instantly recognizable character actor who moved the cemetery's headstones but not the bodies as the developer Mr. Teague in the modern horror classic Poltergeist, has died. He was 94.
The incredibly prolific Karen, who also was noteworthy in such films as The China Syndrome (1979) and The Return of the Living Dead (1985) and on the finale of NBC's Little House on the Prairie he's the dastardly reason the town of Walnut Grove was blown up died Tuesday at his Los Angeles home, his wife, Alba, said.
Karen, who usually portrayed authority figures, good and bad, during his seven-decade career, also 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).
204 acting credits... DAMN! Worked all the way up until his death. Has (2) 2018 credits and was pretty busy his whole life.
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RIP to one of the truly good ones
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Old 10-26-18, 07:29 PM
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204 acting credits... DAMN! Worked all the way up until his death. Has (2) 2018 credits and was pretty busy his whole life.
Started acting in 1948, lasted until 2018--that's 70 years! I think only Mickey Rooney beat that record.
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Old 10-26-18, 07:48 PM
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Darn. I was just choosing films for tomorrow and was contemplating one with him when this thread popped up. It may not be a good representation of his work, but The Unborn it is.
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Old 10-27-18, 05:52 PM
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Wow, he really is "that guy who was in that movie". I looked through his IMDB page and couldn't believe how much he's been in that I've seen. He looks like three other actors (who are also "those guys"). RIP.
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These ads are my strongest memories of Jame Karen:

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I thought he was hilarious in The Return of the Living Dead.

RIP James Karen.
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