Hello and thank you for being a DL contributor. We are changing the login scheme for contributors for simpler login and to better support using multiple devices. Please click here to update your account with a username and password.

Hello. Some features on this site require registration. Please click here to register for free.

Hello and thank you for registering. Please complete the process by verifying your email address. If you can't find the email you can resend it here.

Hello. Some features on this site require a subscription. Please click here to get full access and no ads for $1.99 or less per month.

Lance Kerwin is DEAD TO ME

James at 15 Star is dead at 62 according to Variety. He also appeared in Salem's Lot.

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 112January 28, 2023 8:38 PM

I hated Ike Eisenmann circa 1979. His ugly ass stunk up all of his 70s teen roles

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 1January 25, 2023 8:04 PM

He was great in Salems lot. The little house on the prairie girls talk about him in their biogs. Sad.

by Anonymousreply 2January 25, 2023 8:07 PM

Man, there was some shitty stuff on television in the seventies and eighties.

by Anonymousreply 3January 25, 2023 8:08 PM

I always thought he and Jimmy McNichol were the same guy.

by Anonymousreply 4January 25, 2023 8:14 PM

There certainly was some shitty stuff on Tv in the 70s, r3, but Lance Kerwin was in quality pieces.

"James at 15" was terrific for its time--it was considered groundbreaking, and it was very intelligent.

"Salem's Lot" was also very well done.

So I'm not clear what you're referring to.

by Anonymousreply 5January 25, 2023 8:16 PM

He looked like Jodie Foster

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 6January 25, 2023 8:17 PM

Jeez, that photo of him at a comic con in the link is so heartbreaking. Such sadness.

by Anonymousreply 7January 25, 2023 8:21 PM

Salem's Lot scared the crap out of me, but then I was an impressionable gayling. Kerwin did not ping for me, but oh, David Soul, musical, just musical.

by Anonymousreply 8January 25, 2023 8:23 PM

R7 Fuck, you are not wrong, would not have recognized him at all. Fucking sad, he was a good little actor. Salems Lot was good.

by Anonymousreply 9January 25, 2023 8:24 PM

My first serious crush. He looked well-blessed in swimming trunks.

by Anonymousreply 10January 25, 2023 8:26 PM

He was an early crush of mine. That is really a shame his life was so difficult for him. Aside from James at 15 I remember the when he played Micheal Landon-ish as a teen - a bed wetter whose mom would hang the sheets outside the window for everyone to see. He would run home to take the sheets in……. I’m getting old when Adam Rich and Lance Kerwin start dying.

by Anonymousreply 11January 25, 2023 8:27 PM

[quote]Jeez, that photo of him at a comic con in the link is so heartbreaking. Such sadness.

My God. He looked like Jonathan Banks.

by Anonymousreply 12January 25, 2023 8:28 PM

Man R7, you ain't kidding - that is the definition of, "that's a rough 62." And others have noted, Salem's Lot on TV was scary (for its time). Anyone else remember the Danny Glick character in S.L. floating outside Kerwin's window asking to be let in? Gave me the shivers!

by Anonymousreply 13January 25, 2023 8:28 PM

He must have done a lot of drugs and drunk a lot of booze to have looked so rough at that age.

Being a teen star seems to fuck almost everyone up. Even if you wind up successful as an adult (like Jodie Foster), you're still a mess emotionally.

by Anonymousreply 14January 25, 2023 8:31 PM

James at 15 was a middle school sensation when it originally aired. If you missed it on Thursday night, you were excluded from all the Friday morning conversations dissecting the episode. It was loved by both kids and critics, a fine accomplishment.

The book Salem's Lot scared the shit out of me, and the miniseries was even worse. I loved all horror and slasher movies at that time, but I couldn't sit through Salem's Lot. The portion that I saw gave me nightmares. For me, the scariest vampires ever portrayed on screen.

I'm sorry that Lance didn't make the transition into an adult acting career, and that his life seems to have been a hard one.

by Anonymousreply 15January 25, 2023 8:34 PM

I'm getting really tired of so many celebrities from my childhood dropping dead lately.

It's not going to get any better from here.

by Anonymousreply 16January 25, 2023 8:37 PM

AWW...I wanted to be him.

by Anonymousreply 17January 25, 2023 8:38 PM

“James at 15” may be the only single season series that had a title change.

“Critics also approved of its handling of James' first sexual experience, with a Swedish exchange student (Kirsten Baker) in the episode which aired February 9, 1978— at which point the show assumed the name James at 16. “

by Anonymousreply 18January 25, 2023 8:39 PM

Awww, that’s a shame. Do we still have to wear our “Live Strong” bracelets?

It seems silly now.

by Anonymousreply 19January 25, 2023 8:41 PM

I never watched shit like that. I was only 3 yrs old anyway.

by Anonymousreply 20January 25, 2023 8:44 PM

I wanted him so bad I could almost taste him. Rest in peace.

by Anonymousreply 21January 25, 2023 8:46 PM

Brian was the hotter Kerwin. But RIP.

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 22January 25, 2023 8:47 PM

R22 Not related.

by Anonymousreply 23January 25, 2023 8:51 PM

Hey what about me R22?

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 24January 25, 2023 8:55 PM

I would love to see "Snow Queen". Sounds hot.

by Anonymousreply 25January 25, 2023 9:02 PM

What was on his boombox?

by Anonymousreply 26January 25, 2023 9:08 PM

I had such a crush on him back when James at 15 was on TV, I even wrote him a gay-crush fan letter! Didn't he become a meth head/religious nut?

by Anonymousreply 27January 25, 2023 9:14 PM

Lance/James was a godsend to this neurotic, teenage closet case in Iowa. Loved him and his lady friend (not romantic), Marlene.

by Anonymousreply 28January 25, 2023 9:14 PM

DL fav Kate Jackson played an “older woman” in the pilot who taught James some valuable life lessons.

by Anonymousreply 29January 25, 2023 9:17 PM

He was handsome still in his early 30s.

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 30January 25, 2023 9:18 PM


Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 31January 25, 2023 9:26 PM

Fuck, when Adam Rich died I thought, "at least we still have James at 15!" Terri Nunn of Berlin was on it as the "slutty" girl who was going to let James fuck but he declined.

by Anonymousreply 32January 25, 2023 9:36 PM

This is disappointing.

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 33January 25, 2023 9:42 PM

So kind of an asshole then.

by Anonymousreply 34January 25, 2023 9:45 PM

Churchy too.

by Anonymousreply 35January 25, 2023 9:46 PM

So no James at 63 reboot?

by Anonymousreply 36January 25, 2023 10:10 PM

I forgot about Adam RIch.

by Anonymousreply 37January 25, 2023 10:16 PM

Yep, R35. So he's walking and falsifying documents with Jesus now.

by Anonymousreply 38January 25, 2023 10:17 PM

Sadly, in the recent photo of him in Variety @OP he aged to look like Kurt Barlow (Reggie Nalder) from Salem's Lot.

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 39January 25, 2023 10:19 PM

Here's an episode with special guest star/known cunt Melissa Sue Anderson.

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 40January 25, 2023 10:20 PM

James at 3,200,000

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 41January 25, 2023 10:25 PM

R40 MSA turned into blind bitch on the prairie really fast.

by Anonymousreply 42January 25, 2023 10:28 PM

Was he a Republican?

by Anonymousreply 43January 25, 2023 10:29 PM

Had he been ill for a long time - he looks unhealthy and thin in more recent pix?

by Anonymousreply 44January 25, 2023 10:35 PM

I loved that show - we are (or were) contemporaries . But that pic at Comic Con - Jesus, the shaved head with white goatee look doesn’t work for anyone.

RIP James at 62.

by Anonymousreply 45January 25, 2023 10:37 PM

R1 is quite the irrelevant cunt, isn't she?

by Anonymousreply 46January 25, 2023 10:39 PM

And just a couple of weeks ago here at DL we were casting him in some great TV movies.

by Anonymousreply 47January 25, 2023 10:43 PM

Didn't he also play the runner who became fast because his mother would hang his bedsheets out that he peed on? I thought he was dreamy, I was around 9 when James at 15 came out.

by Anonymousreply 48January 25, 2023 10:44 PM

I think he dated MSA at some point. I believe she might have mentioned it in her memoir. Though, Missy didn't 'kiss and tell' and prattle on about all sorts of 'unseemly' elements of her life, like some women named Melissa who were on LHOP did in their memoirs.

by Anonymousreply 49January 25, 2023 10:54 PM

I they they double-dated with Brian Kerwin and Half-Pint.

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 50January 25, 2023 11:45 PM

Damn that Brian Kerwin was a hot piece.

by Anonymousreply 51January 25, 2023 11:51 PM

RIP loneliest runner!

by Anonymousreply 52January 26, 2023 12:14 AM

[quote]r47 And just a couple of weeks ago here at DL we were casting him in some great TV movies.

Did he make the cut to be in DataLounge’s Irwin Allen’s Coronavirus disaster film?

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 53January 26, 2023 12:59 AM

He looks like someone who cuts classes, smokes cigarettes, and drinks beer in this photo with Laura Ingalls

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 54January 26, 2023 1:02 AM

He did a "Murder She Wrote," but no "Fantasy Island" or "Love Boat."

by Anonymousreply 55January 26, 2023 1:03 AM

He looks like Jackie Earl Haley. And not in a good way.

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 56January 26, 2023 1:11 AM

I had a big crush on Lance Kerwin! The losing his virginity aired when I was 13. My brother and I had a TV in our room, and I always watched it upstairs, alone. Not gonna lie, but I jacked off to him that night.

A couple of days later, some lady wrote into our local newspaper about how wrong it was for James at 15 to show that scene (and deal with that subject). My mom asked me at dinner that night if that was the show I always watched upstairs. 😗

by Anonymousreply 57January 26, 2023 1:11 AM

Has Susan Dey commented?

by Anonymousreply 58January 26, 2023 1:13 AM

Don’t be ridiculous!

by Anonymousreply 59January 26, 2023 1:14 AM

James At 15 pilot is on Youtube, 9posted above). And the first season is up on Pirate Ray.

by Anonymousreply 60January 26, 2023 1:14 AM


by Anonymousreply 61January 26, 2023 1:15 AM

Jesus Christ, 2023 is just taking out everybody.

by Anonymousreply 62January 26, 2023 1:18 AM

Predictions for the next two celebrity deaths-Danny Bodaduce and John Astin

by Anonymousreply 63January 26, 2023 1:26 AM

oops meant Bondaduce

by Anonymousreply 64January 26, 2023 1:26 AM

He could have been seeking Medicaid. Maybe that’s why he omitted he had property. He would not have been eligible with property.

by Anonymousreply 65January 26, 2023 1:28 AM

R10, maybe the show should have been titled James at 7 1/2”. Never saw it because it was before my time. I do remember seeing Salem’s Lot as a kid, and that was pretty damn scary.

by Anonymousreply 66January 26, 2023 1:31 AM

Linky stinky, r54.

by Anonymousreply 67January 26, 2023 1:34 AM

Why I'll Never Comment On The Death Of Lance Kerwin.

by Anonymousreply 68January 26, 2023 1:37 AM

Yes...we all can have his stuff...

by Anonymousreply 69January 26, 2023 1:40 AM

[quote]A couple of days later, some lady wrote into our local newspaper about how wrong it was for James at 15 to show that scene (and deal with that subject).

I remember that letter to the editor like it was yesterday. She also said it was wrong that you jerked off to him after the show ended that night, and soiled your bedsheets. Remember ? The whole town knew what you did.

by Anonymousreply 70January 26, 2023 1:48 AM

[quote]Yes...we all can have his stuff...

I have sufficient.

by Anonymousreply 71January 26, 2023 1:53 AM

No longer singing.

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 72January 26, 2023 1:57 AM

R6 He looks like he has the body of an old man.

by Anonymousreply 73January 26, 2023 1:57 AM

I hope when Susan Dey dies Hollywood pays her callousness back in kind with nary a single comment.

by Anonymousreply 74January 26, 2023 2:02 AM

Has anyone heard from Kate Jackson?

by Anonymousreply 75January 26, 2023 2:03 AM

Lynn Carlin played DL favorite Dawn's mother too. She sure had a full plate of horned up 70s teens to deal with.

Dawn's Mother : You're the one who's sneaking out behind my back, leaving your brothers alone!

Dawn Wetherby : Why do I always have to babysit?

Dawn's Mother : Running around like a tramp!

Dawn Wetherby : You're the tramp!

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 76January 26, 2023 2:12 AM

" He recently appeared in the 2022 film "The Wind & the Reckoning."-USA Today

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 77January 26, 2023 2:19 AM

R7 The openings to James at 15 to Dawn : DOATR take me back. The film quality, the music, the clothes. I makes me so sad. Nostalgia and missing people.

by Anonymousreply 78January 26, 2023 2:23 AM

Try one more time, R64

by Anonymousreply 79January 26, 2023 2:26 AM

He looks better in this recent picture⬇️⬇️⬇️

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 80January 26, 2023 3:21 AM

At R33, article says that Kerwin was a "pastor at Calvary Chapel in Kapaa (Kauai, Hawaii) and a U-Turn for Christ program leader."

Prosecutor in Hawaii said "the 49-year-old Kerwin was caught falsifying documents to obtain state medical assistance and food stamps."

Kerwin's own defense attorney admitted that "when Kerwin applied for the benefits, he omitted in the application that he owned three properties on the mainland."

Not one, but THREE properties.

He's a scumbag, in my book. Liquidate some of your damn assets instead of committing welfare fraud and working as a damn church pastor.

by Anonymousreply 81January 26, 2023 3:23 AM

Shows were filmed in 35MM, the film quality should be great, but you rarely see good prints of 70s TV shows. There are probably more good prints of 1950s shows, like I Love Lucy, or Superman, than there are of most filmed 70s shows.

by Anonymousreply 82January 26, 2023 4:05 AM

B&W film stock is inherently more stable than color stock, and 70s color stock was pretty shitty - as was the hack-work lighting on TV from that era in general - so 50s TV shows have a number advantages.

I Love Lucy was also shot by a brilliant German cinematographer, Karl Freund, (who shot fucking Metropolis). He was hired by Desi specifically to figure out how to light for 3 cameras shooting simultaneously - moves are lit for a single camera. One solution was to paint the sets in shades of grey - even props like newspapers were tinted to help with the overall contrast ratio.

by Anonymousreply 83January 26, 2023 4:17 AM

[quote]Kerwin's own defense attorney admitted that "when Kerwin applied for the benefits, he omitted in the application that he owned three properties on the mainland."

That is disappointing. I'd assumed he was in a bad way, because very few individuals who falsify documents to get food stamps do it because they're greedy, it's usually the organized groups who commit large-scale fraud who are the real problem.

But owning three properties in Hawaii and having a spouse who brings in income and then applying for food stamps is shitty as hell. I'm guessing his properties were rentals, too.

by Anonymousreply 84January 26, 2023 8:18 AM

Fascinating shit, r83.

I love stuff like that.

by Anonymousreply 85January 26, 2023 2:53 PM

Man you can make a killing at those conventions......some guy bought my teeth and - well you can make a lot of $$.....I love show business.....well.....LOVED.

by Anonymousreply 86January 26, 2023 3:23 PM

R83. Thanks--for informing other posters. I did know all that. I also said Superman from the 50s - which was in color - looked good. But while it's true 70s film stock wasn't great, I went to the movies in the 70s and watched TV in the 70s, and it didn't look the way it looks now. A lot of the TV shows from the 70s you see on YouTube look blurry and washed out. They didn't look that way when they were aired. I have Adam-12 and Dragnet from the 70s on dvd and they look great.

by Anonymousreply 87January 26, 2023 4:11 PM

Most shows were not shot in 35mm, they were shot in 16mm.

by Anonymousreply 88January 26, 2023 4:51 PM

It depends on when the transfers you were looking at were made R87. It also depends on how old the prints were and when they were made. 70's color stock was notorious for decaying quickly, so new prints / transfers made off the neg 10 - 15 years later would look off - as would the prints that were made back in the 70's - they lose their yellow layer and go pink very quickly.

Color stocks from the 50's aged better than stocks from the 70s -- so by the 90s, original 50s Superman prints and neg could easily have been in better shape than 70's Love Boat prints and neg.

DVD transfers of old shows are all over the place in terms of image quality. If they were done with care and a decent budget, off a decent film element, they can look sharp and can have a new color correct that tries to compensate for any color-shifts in the source material - but often they were done cheaply and look pretty bad -- totally depends on the show. Stuff on You-Tube could come from anywhere, it could be digitized off some old vhs tape - total crap shoot as to quality. You're welcome.

by Anonymousreply 89January 26, 2023 4:58 PM

Another excellent point R88. Lucy, and most likely Superman, were shot on 35mm with most 70's stuff shot on 16 - so a huge difference in image quality right from the start. That a difference was less obvious on old NTSC tube TV's vs the kind of home hardware that is common now.

by Anonymousreply 90January 26, 2023 5:09 PM

James at 15 stood out in the sea of 70s schlock, and I remember how cool it was to have a quality show with a teenager as the lead, taken seriously. Yeah, I had a crush on him too.

by Anonymousreply 91January 26, 2023 5:58 PM

I don’t give a shit!!!

by Anonymousreply 92January 26, 2023 8:25 PM

Any word on cause of death?

by Anonymousreply 93January 26, 2023 9:03 PM

Yeah, his heart stopped beating.

by Anonymousreply 94January 26, 2023 9:27 PM

R88 No, most TV shows were shot in 35mm. Or videotape. 16mm was sometimes used in videotaped shows for filmed inserts. But 35mm was the standard for TV.

by Anonymousreply 95January 26, 2023 9:31 PM

meth and jesus

by Anonymousreply 96January 26, 2023 10:12 PM

I was sad to hear about his death yesterday. I was a fan of his growing up. He was only a couple of years older than I am. He was a very good actor in his prime.

I’d just happened on this interview recently that he did this past year. Posters on YouTube didn’t seem bothered by his appearance or state, but I thought something seemed very wrong.

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 97January 26, 2023 11:45 PM

They're making a film right now of Salem's Lot--I'm very curious to see it. I hope they retain the 1970s setting.

by Anonymousreply 98January 27, 2023 12:49 AM

R98, it's already in the can, and yes it still takes place in the 70's.

by Anonymousreply 99January 28, 2023 2:18 PM

I like it when something is already in the can.

by Anonymousreply 100January 28, 2023 4:35 PM

He looks so familiar to me, but I don't think I've seen anything he appeared in.

by Anonymousreply 101January 28, 2023 4:41 PM

R99 Does Lance have a cameo in the film as are often given to stars of the original production?

by Anonymousreply 102January 28, 2023 4:53 PM

James at 15 really paved the way for My So-Called Life, which was also critically lauded and which also only lasted one season.

by Anonymousreply 103January 28, 2023 5:04 PM

This is Salem’s Lot (2023) IMDB page. Other than Spencer Treat Clark, Alfre Woodard and John Benjamin Hickey, I don’t know the rest of the cast. Stephen King is one of the writers.

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 104January 28, 2023 5:41 PM

R104 The character Lance played is now black in the new version.

by Anonymousreply 105January 28, 2023 6:10 PM

And Hubie Marsten is now a disabled trans Inuit.

by Anonymousreply 106January 28, 2023 6:24 PM

R106 And Sue Norton is a enby with fibromyalgia.

by Anonymousreply 107January 28, 2023 6:26 PM

I read 'Salem's Lot decades ago and remember the David Soul/Lance Kerwin TV movie. Was it 4 hours? Maybe six?

The book was frightening, the TV movie stayed close to the novel, but was s-l-o-w.

The end of the book is great, I can't remember if the TV movie ends in the same way.

BTW - if you read King's books, they often cross over. 'Salem's Lot was referenced in Tommyknockers (I think). A minor character was tempted to take an exit off I-95 for the town of Jerusalem's Lot. I remember thinking, "no, don't do it!". I haven't read King in decades...

by Anonymousreply 108January 28, 2023 7:54 PM

R108 Father Callahan from Salems Lot turned up in The Dark Tower series, as did King himself.

by Anonymousreply 109January 28, 2023 8:05 PM

I got a slashy vibe from David Soul and Lance's characters in Salem's Lot. Was that in the book?

by Anonymousreply 110January 28, 2023 8:15 PM

R110 Kinda, at the start they are hiding out in Mexico and pretend to be father and son. They really do love each other, but no explicit anal.

by Anonymousreply 111January 28, 2023 8:17 PM

R110, no Steven King doesn’t do romance or camp - along the lines of Steven Spielberg.

by Anonymousreply 112January 28, 2023 8:38 PM
Need more help? Click Here.

Yes indeed, we too use "cookies." Take a look at our privacy/terms or if you just want to see the damn site without all this bureaucratic nonsense, click ACCEPT. Otherwise, you'll just have to find some other site for your pointless bitchery needs.


Become a contributor - post when you want with no ads!