Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Get well soon, JOHN KARLEN

Jonathan Frid, Kathryn Leigh Scott and John Karlen.
UPDATE #3: KATHRYN LEIGH SCOTT says JOHN KARLEN will soon be leaving the hospital. "Jim Pierson saw Johnny last night, bringing him dinner . . . and I stopped in this morning at nine a.m. to see him before his son Adam takes him home," Scott announced on her Facebook page. "He looked so much better than when I saw him the first time . . . he's walking on his own and his spirits are great. Adam has found him a small house to live in and he'll have nursing care . . . he's thrilled to be going home! He talked about the tons of cards he got and how much it meant to see us . . and he said to say "hello!" We sat on his bed talking about our fathers . . . it couldn't have been a better visit."  (Sept. 4, 2013)


UPDATE #2: More from Marie: "John Karlen (Willie Loomis) has diabetes and cancer and is not real happy about having to be in a nursing home. However, all the recent cards and letters he's received have cheered him immensely. If you'd like to send one, the address is: John Karlen, Studio City Rehabilitation Center, Room 10, 11429 Ventura Boulevard Studio City, CA 91604."

UPDATE #1: Marie has posted the following news about Mr. Karlen's status: "He has stabilized and is now eating well. Adam is very happy with all the attention dad has been getting; it's really boosted his spirits. So, thank you, everyone who sent cards and letters. If you didn't, you still can, now would be a great time. I'm hoping to visit our guy in August."

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Original Post:

CHS contributor MARIE MAGINITY passed along some distressing news on our Facebook page this morning. Actor JOHN KARLEN's health has taken a turn for the worse. "John Karlen is at Studio City Rehabilition Center, 11429 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604 in Room 10," Maginity writes. "Adam (his son) says our guy could use some major cheering up so everyone please write a letter or send a card."

Karlen is best known among DARK SHADOWS fans as Willie Loomis, hapless lackey of vampire Barnabas Collins, though he played many roles during the show's run. He won an Emmy in 1986 for his work on CAGNEY AND LACEY. All of us here at the Collinsport Historical Society are wishing him a speedy recovery.

16 comments:

John said...

Sorry to hear about Mr. Karlen and hope to hear that he gets better very soon.

aislyn said...

All the best to you John! A wish for good health and much happiness.

Erica said...

I sent him a note last week. Best wishes for a special DS favorite!

Della Bango said...

My two favorite characters were Willie Lumas and Jeremiah Collins. Get well soon.

Allan Krummenacker said...

Glad to hear her's doing better.

6b40e840-ed72-11e2-806d-000bcdcb2996 said...

john i am so sorry to hear that you are sick i hope you get better soon and get out of the hospital lord i use to watch dark shadows when i was a kid in school and i have ordered a lot Cd's movies of dark shadows and i love them ..you guys are good actors and love watching Barnabas to. hope you get better will be praying for you

6b40e840-ed72-11e2-806d-000bcdcb2996 said...

john i am so sorry to hear that you are sick i hope you get better soon and get out of the hospital lord i use to watch dark shadows when i was a kid in school and i have ordered a lot Cd's movies of dark shadows and i love them ..you guys are good actors and love watching Barnabas to. hope you get better will be praying for you

Marie Maginity said...

There are no computers at the Old House, so Willie won't see your kind thoughts and wishes unless you put them in a letter or card and pop it in the mail.

Seriously, he describes himself as computer illiterate. I missed a call from him yesterday but he left a voicemail on my cellphone last night and sounded great!

I had a nice long conversation with his son, Adam, who thanks everyone for the letters; John is enjoying them immensely and they have really brightened his spirits. I think a healthy attitude will play a part in his recovery, so please continue to send your good wishes. He assured me this is not an invasion of his privacy; he loves to hear from fans!

dollsandmagic said...

AWESOME! I've been fretting over him since I sent my cards out... Dr. Woodard must be watching over him. I was only just watching him today, and Dr. Woodard said he had the "constitution of an ox". We LOVE John Karlen! He's The Best! I think I might start crying... again!

Anonymous said...

o sorry to here you are sick John Karlen. Hope you are better soon. I grew up watching Dark Shadows as a kid. Ran home from school every day to watch it. Now I am watching it with my youngest kids (Twins)who love to watch Dark Shadows. You are my Daughter's favorite in Dar Shadows. Get Well Soon.

Debra Stoddard said...

I'm so sorry to hear that Mr. Karlen has been sick! Here's hoping and praying that he'll recover soon, and that the cancer has been stopped!

Anonymous said...

thanks for keeping us updated! sending a card in the mail soon

-FFox

Anonymous said...

Hope you get well soon Willie!! All the best for you. Os

Anonymous said...

My mom was only 26 yrs or so when she watched Dark Shadows. I was born July4yh 1966.The past few yrs she would talk about how my brother, 8 yrs old at the time, would come home frim school and watch it together. I was curiousr so a few yrs ago I watched it on netflix and loved it. That was in 2011. I was homebound for a short time. I loved your character. You are so handsome. So now 2013 I am still watching it and am on the year 1969 where Barnabus goes back in time to save the 2 kids. I love it and will be sad when I have finished all of the episodes. My goal is to watch it with my mom. You are a talented actor. My 13 yr old son enjoys drama in school. I hope you are feeling better soon. My prayers will be with you always.

Jackie Marie said...

I hope he feels well enough soon, for some good Polish food! My prayers are with him!

BHanscomb said...

I recently saw Lara Parker at Barnes and Noble in Portland, and during the Q&A someone asked about John. Lara said he was flirting with the nurses.

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