Lenny Von Dohlen
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Lenny Von Dohlen
|Other names||Lenny von Dohlen |
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
Lenny Von Dohlen (born December 22, 1958) is an American film, television and stage actor, known for his performance as architect Miles Harding in the film Electric Dreams and as the orchid-growing agoraphobic Harold Smith in the television series Twin Peaks.
Von Dohlen was born in Augusta, Georgia, and raised in Goliad, a small town in south Texas. He has German ancestry from his paternal side. As a child he wished to become a jockey, but grew too tall for his dream. He studied Theater at University of Texas, and graduated from Loretto Heights College in Denver, Colorado. From there he moved to New York City to pursue a career on the stage.
Lenny Von Dohlen's film debut was in Academy Award-winning Tender Mercies, starring Robert Duvall, written by Horton Foote and directed by Bruce Beresford in 1983. In 1984, Von Dohlen played the lead role in the cult film MGM/UA's Electric Dreams. Other roles include: Under the Biltmore Clock (1985); Dracula's Widow (1987); Blind Vision (1992); Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992); Jennifer 8 (1992); Ed Zwick's Leaving Normal (1992) and the title role in Billy Galvin (1986) opposite Karl Malden.
He played one of the villains in Twentieth Century Fox's Home Alone 3 (1997). He has appeared in acclaimed independent films such as Tollbooth (1994), Bird of Prey (1996), One Good Turn (1996), Entertaining Angels (1996), Cadillac (1997) and Frontline (1997). In 2007, he appeared in Beautiful Loser, playing the role of Reggie as an adult, and in Teeth, a Sundance and Berlin Film Festival Dramatic Competition nominee. In 2010, he played Elder Daniel in Downstream and in the same year he played Sheriff Jack Carter in a short film called Night Blind (2010). In 2012/13, he was seen in Camilla Dickinson and White Camellias. In 2015, Lenny Von Dohlen played the title role of legendary film director Oskar Knight in Near Myth: The Oskar Knight Story.
Von Dohlen's first television role was in NBC's Emmy-award winning Kent State (1981). Others include Don't Touch, directed by Beau Bridges; The Equalizer; Tales From the Darkside; Miami Vice; thirtysomething (1987); The Lazarus Man (playing John Wilkes Booth), Picket Fences (playing the gay brother of Marlee Matlin's character (1992)); as the diabolical Mr. Cox in a recurring role on The Pretender (1999); Walker, Texas Ranger (1996); and Chicago Hope (1999). He also appeared in the Masterpiece Theatre presentation of Eudora Welty's The Ponder Heart (2000) on PBS. In 2010, for its homage to Twin Peaks, Von Dohlen appeared in USA Network's show Psych in the episode Dual Spires, playing Sheriff Andrew Jackson joining a cast reunion including Sheryl Lee. In 2017, he appeared in the Episode 12 of Seth McFarlane's futuristic sci-fi Fox series, "The Orville", as the priest Valondis (aired 12/8/2017).
In the theater, Von Dohlen has created roles in the New York productions of Asian Shade, The Team, Twister, Vanishing Act, and The Maderati, the latter two by Richard Greenberg. For nine months he starred in Caryl Churchill's play, Cloud , directed by Tommy Tune, followed by The Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Desire Under the Elms, opposite Kathy Baker. He has starred in Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Joe Orton's Loot, Legacy of Light at Cleveland Play House, and in "Doubt" at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. On the West Coast, Von Dohlen has been seen in Wedekind's Lulu at the La Jolla Playhouse, and The Blue Room at the Pasadena Playhouse, Theater District at the Black Dahlia Theater. In Pasadena at The Theater @ Boston Court, Von Dohlen both originated the role of the famous literary personality Voltaire in the world premiere of Jean Claude van Italli's Light and played Don Quixote in Tennessee Williams's Camino Real. Most recently at GTC, he played Elyot Chase in Noël Coward's Private Lives.
|1981||Kent State||Uncredited||TV movie|
|1983||How to Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days||Erik Crimpley||TV movie|
|1984||Electric Dreams||Miles Harding|
|1986||Billy Galvin||Billy Galvin|
|1991||Love Kills||Jonathan Brinkman||TV movie|
|1992||Leaving Normal||Harry Rainey|
|1992||Eyes of Beholder||Janice Bickle|
|1992||Blind Vision||William Dalton|
|1992||Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me||Harold Smith|
|1996||One Good Turn||Matt Forrest|
|1996||Bird of Prey||Johnny McKenna|
|1996||Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story||Forster Batterham|
|1997||Home Alone 3||Burton Jernigan|
|2000||The Ponder Heart||DeYancey Clanahan||TV movie|
|2003||How's My Driving?||Adrian Kennet||Short|
|2008||Beautiful Loser||Reggie (adult)|
|2010||Night Blind||Sheriff Jack Carter||Short|
|2011||Choose||Creepy guy in hotel|
|2012||Camilla Dickinson||Bill Rowan|
|2017||Ray Meets Helen||Armond|
|2019||Near Myth: The Oskar Knight Story||Oskar Knight|
|1984||Miami Vice||Bob Rickert||Episode: "Give a Little, Take a Little"|
|1985||ABC Afterschool Specials||Mike Rivers||Episode: "Don't Touch"|
|1985||Tales From The Darkside||Mr. Smith||Episode: "Distant Signals"|
|1986||American Playhouse||Knowleton Whitney||Episode: "Under the Biltmore Clock"|
|1986||The Equalizer||Dan Turner||Episode: "Shades of Darkness"|
|1986||thirtysomething||Roy MacCaulay||Episode: "We'll Meet Again"|
|1989||The Young Riders||Lt. Josey Cassidy||Episode: "End of Innocence"|
|1990||Twin Peaks||Harold Smith||4 episodes|
|1991||The Flash||Jason Brassell||Episode: "Twin Streaks"|
|1992||Red Dwarf||Cop||Episode: "Back to Reality"|
|1996||Picket Fences||Gerald 'Gerry' Bey||Episode: "Bye-Bye, Bey-Bey"|
|1996||Walker Texas Ranger||Adam 'The Hangman' Quinn||Episode: "Hall of Fame"|
|1999||Chicago Hope||Tom Van Deusen||Episode: "A Goy and His Dog"|
|1999–2000||The Pretender||Mr. Cox||5 episodes|
|2000||The Magnificent Seven||Cyrus Poplar||Episode: "Penance"|
|2002||CSI: Miami||Professor Adam Metzger||Episode: "A Horrible Mind"|
|2007||Ghost Whisperer||Steve Wheeler||Episode: "Children of Ghosts"|
|2009||Criminal Minds||Record Exec #1||Episode: "The Performer"|
|2010||Psych||Sheriff Andrew Jackson||Episode: "Dual Spires"|
|2017||The Orville||Valondis||Episode 12: "Mad Idolatry"|
Von Dohlen has a daughter named Hazel from his wife's previous relationship, born on August 9, 2000.
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