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 Roscoe L. Karns

Roscoe L. Karns

Birth
San Bernardino, San Bernardino County, California, USA
Death 6 Feb 1970 (aged 78)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Abbey of the Psalms, Sanctuary of Worship, Crypt 2045
Memorial ID 7923 · View Source
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Actor. Born in San Bernadino, California, he attended California's Harvard Military academy and the University of Southern California, but began acting at 15 with Marjorie Rambeau's stock company, leading to work in silent films for Christie comedy studios. In 1927 he made appearances in both the first talkie, "The Jazz Singer" and the first Academy Award winning film, "Wings." He split his time between the stage and films, earning a niche as a character player with notable roles in such films as "It Happened One Night," "Twentieth Century," "His Girl Friday," and "Woman of the Year. By the 1950s roles were scarce and he shifted his focus to television, making a five year run in the series, "Rocky King, Detective" appearing with his son, Todd Karns. He then spent four years as Admiral Walter Shafer on the series "Hennessey" which ran from 1959 to 1962. One of his last appearances on television was a guest role on "The Lucy Show" in 1963. Over the course of his career, he played over 150 roles; he died at age 79 in Los Angeles.

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  • Added: 23 Dec 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7923
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Roscoe L. Karns (7 Sep 1891–6 Feb 1970), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7923, citing Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .