John Karlen Of 'Cagney & Lacey' And 'Dark Shadows' Has Died At Age 86

The actor John Karlen known for his roles in ‘Cagney & Lacey’ and ‘Dark Shadows’ has passed away at the age of 86.

The AP reports that he died from congestive heart failure at a hospice in Burbank, California on Wednesday, and a fan account on Twitter notes that he was suffering from some health setbacks in the past years. He was a prolific TV actor most known for his roles as Harvey Lacey in the iconic cop show ‘Cagney & Lacey,’ and the rascally Willie Loomis in the spook show ‘Dark Shadows.’

The Brooklyn-born actor started his career with a Tennessee Williams play on Broadway and continued on to gain more than 100 roles, including regular appearances on ‘Murder, She Wrote,’ ‘Charlie’s Angels,’ and ‘Hill Street Blues.’

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From his work on ‘Cagney & Lacey’ from 1982-1988, playing policewoman Mary Beth Lacey’s husband, he won an Emmy as best supporting actor in a drama in 1986.

His last role was in the 1996 movie ‘Cagney & Lacey: True Convictions.’ John Karlen is survived by his son Adam.

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