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Dark Shadows' John Karlen has died at 86

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  1. Radioman970

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    Really enjoying his Carl Collins Character on DS currently.

    I have to admit it took me a while to get used to his take over of Willie. I felt the first guy was among the most disturbing villains on the show. But Karlen brought something to the character that made it much better after the "adjustment" from Barnabas. I became a huge fan of the character and actor. Carl has been a wonderful surprise. I'm in the 730s currently.
     
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    [​IMG] willie barnabas.
     
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    I watch Dark Shadows daily, and Karlen is always terrific.

    He was also good in Cagney & Lacey
     
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    Very sad. One of my favorite actors from Dark Shadows. He will always be remembered as Willie but he played so many other great characters on the show.
     
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    He really seemed like a really nice guy. I'll bet it was amazing if you got a chance to meet him somehow. I wish I'd gotten his autograph if he was doing them.

    His interviews are some of the best. I like how he had so much freedom to define the show. and how he felt he was in a sweet spot, not like Frid who was drowned in lines. :D

    sure glad he is in both movies. I still need to watch the second one. I will watch the first again first.
     
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    Sorry to hear of this news. I always felt sorry for the bullying Willie suffered at the hands of Barnabas. I enjoyed the actor so much I enjoyed when he popped up elsewhere. Very memorable as Harvey. I also enjoyed his brief visit to Hill St.

    RIP sir.
     
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