Lance Kerwin, ‘Salem’s Lot’ actor, dead at age 62

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Lance Kerwin, an actor best known for his role in the television miniseries “Salem’s Lot” and other notable series throughout the 1970s, has died, his talent agent John Boitano told CNN. He was 62.

No information was given on his cause of death.

Kerwin began her career appearing in a number of television shows, including “Little House on the Prairie,” “Wonder Woman” and “The Bionic Woman.” He also appeared in several “ABC After School Specials,” an anthology series aimed at children and teens that counted Jodie Foster among its other alumni.

The Southern California native was a booming teen actor through the ’70s, starring as Ramey Holvak in “The Family Holvak,” a TV series about a 1930s pastor struggling to support his family. He also starred in the 1977 series “James at 15”, a show notable for its authentic portrayal of teenage life in a way not often seen on television at the time.

Kerwin went on to appear in “Salem’s Lot,” the 1979 television adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, directed by Tobe Hooper. In the miniseries, which aired on CBS, he played the role of young Mark Petrie, who helps defend his town against evil vampires. His work on the cult-favorite miniseries earned him regular invitations to horror conventions.

A role in 1995’s “Outbreak” was his last professional credit until the 2022 film “The Wind and the Reckoning” starring Johnathon Schaech.

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