He removed the headstones but not the bodies leading to an epic suburban haunting as Mr. Teague in Poltergeist. As Frank in Return of the Living Dead, he gave “Tarman’s” canister a fateful slap, releasing a toxic gas that brought the dead back to life. Tonight, we’re sadly getting word that veteran actor James Karen as passed away at the age of 94.
His Return of the Living Dead costar Linnea Quigley Tweeted her memories of the Karen:
Not only was James Karen a great actor who gave me hope to be as good as him, he was always happy and positive. I was just talking about him the other day and feel very heavyhearted. I love you James. RIP. pic.twitter.com/fwTR2z9pVs
— Linnea Quigley (@LinneaQuigley) October 24, 2018
Lauded film critic Leonard Maltin also took to social media, revealing he will be writing Karen’s eulogy:
Jimmy Karen was my friend, and it was a privilege to hear his stories. His joie de vivre was contagious. I hope this obituary does him justice, though I hoped I would never have to write it. I still can't believe he's gone. https://t.co/iT80qDRley #JamesKaren #MaltinOnMovies pic.twitter.com/lbvDByK5am
— Leonard Maltin (@leonardmaltin) October 24, 2018
RIP the legendary James Karen aka the Pathmark Man, was in THE CHINA SYNDROME, POLTERGEIST, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, WALL STREET, NIXON, MULHOLLAND DRIVE, the LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE finale, network exec on LARRY SANDERS and much much more. https://t.co/CZOW5sDapt
— Peter Avellino (@PeterAPeel) October 24, 2018
So sad to hear of James Karen's passing today. He gave the horror genre some incredibly memorable characters. pic.twitter.com/VyYE22JMmp
— FANGORIA (@FANGORIA) October 24, 2018
All of us here at Dread Central send our sincerest condolences to Karen’s fans, friends, and family. He was hugely loved in the horror community and will be sorely missed.