Karen toured on stage with the legendary Buster Keaton in Merton of the Movies and supported Keaton in several live TV shows and in Samuel Beckett's film, titled Film.
Karen produced and acted for 20 year in productions on the summer-stock circuit, often partnered with Barry Nelson. He also appeared in a nightclub act with Celeste Holm in New York and Las Vegas. His feature film work has included Oliver Stone's Wall Street and Nixon, in addition to such titles as All the President's Men, Capricorn One, The China Syndrome, Frances, Poltergeist, Jagged Edge, Invaders From Mars, Vital Signs, Congo, Up Close and Personal, Latino and Apt Pupil. His numerous horror-film roles have won him a cult following from devotees of that genre.
Since making his TV debut in 1948 with the Philco telecast of A Christmas Carol, Karen has also appeared as a guest star in hundreds of television series and movies-of-the-week, including The Gathering, The Ordeal of Patty Hearst, Blind Ambition, F.D.R. - The Last Year and The Billionaire Boys Club. Karen has also appeared in a record-breaking five thousand-plus on-camera television commercials.
He is currently filming the drama Thirteen Days opposite Kevin Costner.
James Karen Facts
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|The Running Man|
|Back to the Future|
|Mary Poppins: 50th Anniversary Edition|
|Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas|
|Coming to America|
|The Pursuit Of Happyness|