Salem’s Lot actor Lance Kerwin has passed away at the age of 62 … also known for James at the age of 15 and James at the age of 16

Salem’s Lot actor Lance Kerwin has passed away at age 62…also known for James at age 15 and The Boy Who Drank Too Much

  • The actor’s family said he died in San Clemente, California and an autopsy is pending
  • Kerwin was a child actor who played a number of high-profile roles in the late 1970s
  • Kerwin is survived by his five children, Savanah, Fox, Terah, Kailani and Justus

Actor Lance Kerwin has died at the age of 62 in San Clemente, California, according to his family.

The entertainer is best known for his work in projects such as the 1979 miniseries Salem’s Lot and the 1977-1978 NBC series James at 15, which was later retitled James at 16.

Kerwin’s daughter Savanah said officials performed an autopsy to determine the cause of death, according to Variety.

The latest: Actor Lance Kerwin has died at the age of 62 in San Clemente, California, according to his family.  He was pictured at a July 2022 event in LA

The latest: Actor Lance Kerwin has died at the age of 62 in San Clemente, California, according to his family. He was pictured at a July 2022 event in LA

Kerwin was a child actor who began appearing on television in 1974, with roles on shows such as Emergency!, Little House on the Prairie, and Gunsmoke. He also received acclaim for his portrayal of Billy Carpenter in the 1980 TV movie The Boy Who Drank Too Much.

On James at 15, he played James Hunter, a teenager who had moved to Massachusetts from Oregon and had a passion for photography.

The show was at the center of controversy when the main character had premarital sex and lost his virginity, while thousands of viewers sent letters to the network protesting the content. The series ran for a total of 21 episodes from 1977-1978.

Kerwin was a teen heartthrob at the time, regularly appearing on the cover of publications such as Tiger Beat.

Kerwin was a teen heartthrob in the late 1970s, regularly appearing on the cover of publications such as Tiger Beat

Kerwin was a teen heartthrob in the late 1970s, regularly appearing on the cover of publications such as Tiger Beat

The entertainer is best known for his work in projects such as the 1979 miniseries Salem's Lot, in which he appeared opposite James Mason.

The entertainer is best known for his work in projects such as the 1979 miniseries Salem’s Lot, in which he appeared opposite James Mason.

Kerwin was pictured with Mackenzie Phillips at a Battle of the Network Stars event in LA in 1978

Kerwin was pictured with Mackenzie Phillips at a Battle of the Network Stars event in LA in 1978

Other roles Kerwin had in his career included appearances on TV shows such as Wonder Woman, The Bionic Woman, and Family.

In the later years of his career, he had appeared in such shows as The New Adam-12, Murder, She Wrote, and Simon & Simon.

He appeared in the 1995 film Outbreak and made a comeback to the silver screen in 2022’s The Wind and the Reckoning.

The actor has also made appearances at horror film conventions in recent years.

Kerwin is survived by his five children, Savanah, Fox, Terah, Kailani and Justus.

The actor featured in a promotional image for the 1975 series The Family Holvak

The actor featured in a promotional image for the 1975 series The Family Holvak

He was featured in the 1985 TV movie The Fourth Wise Man playing the role of Passhur

He was featured in the 1985 TV movie The Fourth Wise Man playing the role of Passhur

On Twitter, a number of colleagues and fans of the late actor paid tribute to him in the wake of his passing.

“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,” said actor Ike Eisenmann. He was the child actor who inspired me to be the best I could be, because he was the best I’d ever seen. Rest in peace my friend.’

Actress Erin Murphy said, “Tough start to the year. Rest in peace #LanceKerwin.”

The horror outlet Fangoria said it was “saddened to hear of the passing of Lance Kerwin, whose performance in ‘SALEM’S LOT made an indelible impression on all of us’,” adding: “Our thoughts and condolences go out to his friends, family and many fans.

On Twitter, a number of colleagues and fans of the late actor paid tribute to him in the wake of his passing

On Twitter, a number of colleagues and fans of the late actor paid tribute to him in the wake of his passing

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