James Karen, Legendary Character Actor Known For ‘Poltergeist,’ Has Died at 94 YouTube A lot of character actor greats are of the “Hey, it’s that guy!” variety: You may see them in a lot of movies but never think to look up their name. Yet you always recognize them, and you’re always glad your paths have once again crossed. James Karen was definitely one of those “hey, it’s that guy!” guys. You don’t fully appreciate them until they’re gone. And Karen’s now gone, too, as per The Hollywood Reporter, having just passed at the age of 94. Where do you know James Karen from? Take your pick from over 200 credits.