Lenny Von Dohlen

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Actor

Birth Date: December 22, 1958

Death Date: July 5, 2022

Birth Place: Augusta, Georgia

An off-center character lead of stage, film, and TV since the early 1980s, Lenny Von Dohlen's angular, oddly handsome looks and strikingly blue eyes were somewhat reminiscent of the young Anthony Perkins. He tended to be cast accordingly: as obsessive hitmen ("Love Kills" 1991); deceptively wholesome child molesters (a 1985 ABC Afterschool Special entitled "Don't Touch"); and weird yet sympathetic neighbors ("Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me" 1992). He was a strangely apt choice to play an extraterrestrial TV enthusiast in "Distant Signals," a superior installment of the syndicated "Tales From the Dark Side." The Georgia-born actor worked hard to lose his southern accent before pursuing an acting career. Ironically, Von Dohlen would make his film debut playing the leader of a C&W band in "Tender Mercies" (1982). More typically, as the star of the fanciful "Electric Dreams" (1984), he found himself in a love triangle with his computer.

Von Dohlen may be best known for the recurring role of Harold Smith, a reclusive confidante of the slain Laura Palmer, on the cultish "Twin Peaks." He also worked on stage, mostly in regional theater. He co-starred in "Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story" (1996) and was among the group of thugs attempting to wrest a computer chip hidden in a child's toy from an enterprising tot in "Home Alone 3" (1997). Lenny Von Dohlen died on July 5, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA at the age of 63.

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Near Myth: The Oskar Knight Story

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Oskar Knight
Movie
2023

The Maestro

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Luc
Movie
2018

The Orville: New HorizonsStream

Guest Star
Valondis
Series
2017
75%

Just Within Reach

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Mr. Baker
Movie
2017

Ray Meets Helen

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Armond
Movie
2017

Threshold

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Dr. Clair
Movie
2016

Obituaries

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Clifford Roderick
Movie
2014

Annie and the Gypsy

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Movie
2012

Downstream

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Elder Daniel
Movie
2009

Beautiful Loser

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Reggie (adult)
Movie
2008

TeethStream

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Bill
Movie
2007
80%

Ghost WhispererStream

Guest Star
Series
2005

Criminal Minds: EvolutionStream

Guest Star
Series
2005

CSI: MiamiStream

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Series
2002

The Ponder Heart

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DeYancey Clanahan
Movie
2001

En la Línea de Fuego

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Ludwig Haig
Movie
1999

Frontline

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Ludwig Haig
Movie
1999

The Magnificent SevenStream

Guest Star
Series
1998
33%

Home Alone 3Stream

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Jernigan
Movie
1997
32%

The PretenderStream

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Series
1996

The Lazarus Man

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Series
1996

Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story

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Forster Batterham
Movie
1996

One Good Turn

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Matt Forrest
Movie
1996

Bird of Prey

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Johnny McKenna
Movie
1995

Chicago Hope

Guest Star
Series
1994

Tollbooth

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Jack
Movie
1994

Amberwaves

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Justin Campenella
Movie
1994

Walker, Texas RangerStream

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Series
1993

Picket FencesStream

Guest Star
Series
1992
82%

Leaving Normal

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Harry
Movie
1992

Jennifer 8Stream

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Blattis
Movie
1992
38%

Eyes of the Beholder

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Janice Bickle
Movie
1992

Zostawić normalność

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Movie
1992

Cambio de Rumbo

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Movie
1992

Visión Ciega

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Movie
1991

Regard mortel

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Movie
1991

Love Kills

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Jonathan Brinkman
Movie
1991

Blind Vision

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William Dalton
Movie
1991

Twin PeaksStream

Guest Star
Harold Smith
Series
1990
77%

Red DwarfStream

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Cop
Series
1988

Dracula's WidowStream

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Raymond
Movie
1988

thirtysomething

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Roy MacCaulay
Series
1987
83%

Billy Galvin

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Billy Galvin
Movie
1986

The Equalizer

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Dan Turner
Series
1985

Under the Biltmore Clock

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Knowleton Whitney
Movie
1985

Miami ViceStream

Guest Star
Series
1984
71%

Electric DreamsStream

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Miles Harding
Movie
1984
47%

Sessions

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Paulie
Movie
1983

Tender MerciesStream

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Robert
Movie
1983
82%

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