James Karen

Movie Actor

Birthday November 28, 1923

Birth Sign Sagittarius

Birthplace Pennsylvania

DEATH DATE Oct 23, 2018 (94)

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Known for playing the original Lincoln Tyler on the soap opera All My Children. He also played the millionaire Mr. Lynch in the 1987 film Wall Street. Other notable film credits include Poltergeist, The Return of the Living Dead, and The Pursuit of Happyness.

Before Fame

He was the understudy for Karl Malden in the Broadway production of A Streetcar named Desire.


He was nominated for a Saturn Award for his 1985 role in The Return of the Living Dead.

Family Life

He married his second wife, Alba Francesca, in 1986. He had a child with his first wife, Susan Reed.

Associated With

He played Martin in The Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will Smith.