Lance Kerwin, 1977, in James at 15)
November 6, 1960|
Newport Beach, California, United States
|Spouse(s)||Yvonne Kerwin (2000-present)|
Lance Kerwin (born November 6, 1960) is a former American actor, known primarily for roles in television and film during his childhood and teen years in the 1970s. He played lead roles in the TV series James at 15, and the made-for-TV films The Loneliest Runner and Salem's Lot.
Early life and career
He was raised in Lake Elsinore, California. Kerwin's father was an acting coach, who brought home scripts for his son to read. His mother was also a performer and later, a talent agent. He is the youngest of five brothers. His brother Shane was his stand-in.
In the 1970s, Kerwin appeared in a number of made-for-TV movies and series. He was, said former theater critic and British Film Institute governor John Holmstrom, "probably America's leading boy actor of the late Seventies ... a handsome teenager ... [with] considerable sensitivity as an actor". His serious acting roles often portrayed anguished characters facing difficult challenges, such as in The Loneliest Runner, The Boy Who Drank Too Much, and Children of Divorce.
Kerwin has a daughter, Savanah Paige, with Kristen Lansdale and four children with his wife Yvonne: daughters Trinity, Terah, and Kailani, and son Justus Joe. He gave up acting in the mid-1990s and worked as a minister with U-Turn For Christ in Kaua'i, Hawaii."
In July 2010, Kerwin and his wife Yvonne pled guilty to falsifying documents to obtain state medical assistance in Hawaii. Kerwin was sentenced to five years of probation and 300 hours of community service. Kerwin publicly apologized.
- Outbreak (1995)
- Final Verdict (1991) (TV)
- Murder She Wrote Seal of the Confessional (1989) (TV)
- Enemy Mine (1985)
- Faerie Tale Theatre: The Snow Queen (1985) (TV)
- The Fourth Wise Man (1985) (TV)
- A Killer in the Family (1983) (TV)
- The Mysterious Stranger (1982) (TV)
- The Shooting (1982) (TV)
- Advice to the Lovelorn (1981) (TV)
- Side Show (1981) (TV)
- Children of Divorce (1980) (TV)
- The Boy Who Drank Too Much (1980) (TV)
- Salem's Lot (1979) (TV)
- Once Upon a Midnight Scary (1979) (TV)
- The Busters (1978) (TV)
- Young Joe, the Forgotten Kennedy (1977) (TV)
- James at 15 (1977) (TV)
- The Death of Richie (1977) (TV)
- The Bionic Woman (1977) (TV)
- The Loneliest Runner (1976) (TV)
- P.J. and the President's Son (1976) (TV)
- Amelia Earhart (1976) (TV)
- Wonder Woman (1976) (TV)
- Me and Dad's New Wife (1976) (TV)
- The Amazing Cosmic Awareness of Duffy Moon (1976) (TV)
- Sara, episode "Bright Boy" (1976) (TV)
- The Family Holvak (1975) TV
- Trapper John, MD (1980) TV
- Gunsmoke, episode "There Fires of Ignorance" (1975) (TV) as Tommy
- Reflections of Murder (1974) (TV)
- The Greatest Gift (1974) (TV)
- Little House On The Prairie (1974) (TV)
- The Bridge of Adam Rush (1974) (TV)
- The Healers (1974) (TV)
- Pssst! Hammerman's After You! (1974) (TV)
- The Meanest Men in the West aka Bad Men of the West (1974) (TV)
- Emergency! (1973) (TV)
- The Guide to United States Popular Culture - Google Books
- "Lance is 'Off And-Running" The Robesonian (Lumberton, N.C.) January 15, 1977 p. 10.
- The Instructor ... - Google Books
- Holmstrom, John (1996). The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995. Norwich, UK: Michael Russell. pp. 328–329. ISBN 0859551784.
- "Former 'James at 15' star Lance Kerwin sentenced". huffingtonpost.com.