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Lance Kerwin, Star of 70s TV Shows 'James at 15' and 'Salem's Lot', Passes Away at 62

Lance Kerwin, Star of 70s TV Shows ‘James at 15’ and ‘Salem’s Lot’, Passes Away at 62

Actor Lance Kerwin, known for his roles in the 1970s television shows “James at 15” and “Salem’s Lot,” has died.[0] He was just 62.[1] Savanah, one of his five children, announced his passing in a Facebook post on Wednesday, though the cause of death has not yet been revealed.[2]

At the start of his career, Kerwin featured in several television series, such as “Little House on the Prairie,” “Wonder Woman” and “The Bionic Woman.”[3] He was also featured in the ABC After School Specials and the cult-favorite miniseries “Salem’s Lot.”[4]

A product of Southern California, this teen actor was successful during the 1970s. He was known for his role as Ramey Holvak in the TV series, “The Family Holvak,” which followed the story of a reverend struggling to provide for his family in the 1930s.[4] In 1977, he acted in the teenage show “James at 15,” which was considered remarkable for its accurate representation of teenage life – something not usually presented in television during that era.[4]

Kerwin’s other notable roles include a mercenary in the 1995 film “Outbreak,” which starred Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Donald Sutherland, and Patrick Dempsey, and a supporting part in David L. Cunningham’s historical drama “The Wind & The Reckoning” in 2022.[5]

The news of his death has sparked an outpouring of condolences from his co-stars, including Ike Eisenmann, who paid tribute on Instagram.[6] “I am beyond heartbroken to hear of the passing of one of my greatest friends and co-stars I have ever worked with, Lance Kerwin. He was the child actor that inspired me to be the best that I could be because he was the best I had ever seen. Rest in peace my friend.”[6]

Surviving Kerwin are his five children: Savanah, Fox, Terah, Kailani, and Justus.[1]

0. “‘James at 15’ Actor Lance Kerwin Dies at 62 | Lifestyles | rheaheraldnews.com” Rheaheraldnews, 25 Jan. 2023, https://www.rheaheraldnews.com/lifestyles/article_ac00fd1f-3acb-5ab5-a6ca-2f426cfcec74.html

1. “Lance Kerwin, Star of ‘James at 15,’ ‘Salem’s Lot,’ Dies at 62” Variety, 25 Jan. 2023, https://variety.com/2023/tv/obituaries-people-news/lance-kerwin-james-at-15-1235502420/

2. “Lance Kerwin, ‘James at 16’ Star, Dead at 62” Parade Magazine, 26 Jan. 2023, https://parade.com/news/lance-kerwin-dead-james-at-16-star

3. “Former child star and Salem’s Lot actor Lance Kerwin dead at 62” 9Honey Celebrity, 26 Jan. 2023, https://celebrity.nine.com.au/latest/lance-kerwin-actor-salems-lot-dead-aged-62/0b9c5de2-276b-4816-a135-beadc565816f

4. “Lance Kerwin, ‘Salem’s Lot’ actor, dead at 62” LocalNews8.com, 25 Jan. 2023, https://localnews8.com/entertainment/cnn-entertainment/2023/01/25/lance-kerwin-salems-lot-actor-dead-at-62/

5. “Lance Kerwin dead: James at 16 star was 62” Entertainment Weekly News, 25 Jan. 2023, https://ew.com/tv/lance-kerwin-dead-james-at-16-star/

6. “Actor Lance Kerwin who starred in Salem’s Lot and James at 15 has died aged 62” Daily Star, 26 Jan. 2023, https://www.dailystar.co.uk/showbiz/us-showbiz/actor-lance-kerwin-who-starred-29053140