The television industry has lost a lifelong talent.
Lance Kerwin, who rose to stardom in the ’70s for shows such as Salem’s Lot and James at 15, died on Jan. 24, his agent John Boitano confirmed to E! News. He was 62. No cause of death has been revealed.
“I’ve worked with Lance for two years, he was an intelligent, funny and compassionate person,” Boitano said in a statement. “He was looking forward to resuming his acting career, he recently had a role in the The Wind and the Reckoning, I enjoyed our time together and considered him a friend as well as client. I will miss him.”
Kerwin emerged on the scene as a child actor, appearing in multiple television series including Little House on the Prairie, The Family Holvak and Wonder Woman.
He starred in James at 15—later known as James at 16 when the character turned 16—as titular character James Hunter, the son of a college professor with a passion for photography. In the series, James struggles with adjusting to his new life after his family moves across the country from Oregon to Massachusetts.
Source link Lance Kerwin, the well-known former child star who found success in the 1970s for his role in the television series “James at 15,” has died at the age of 62.
Kerwin passed away on April 13 in Southern California, according to his brother, Kipp. He had been battling cancer.
Kerwin had roles in a variety of films and television series in the 1970s. He had a prominent role in the 1976 film “The Last Hard Men,” starring Charlton Heston. He was 14 when he starred in “James at 15,” which aired on NBC between 1977 and 1978. That same year, he had a supporting role in Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”
Kerwin went on to have roles in a handful of TV movies throughout the 1980s. His last credited role was in the 1985 film “Return of the Living Dead Part II.”
Kerwin’s brother, Kipp, announced that donations in memory of Lance can be made to the Lance Kerwin Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to making scholarships available to students in Southern California.
Lance Kerwin is remembered as a talented and beloved performer who inspired those around him. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and fans.