The latest: the death of actor Lance Kerwin at the age of 62 in San Clemente, California, according to his family.  Filmed at an event in July 2022 in Los Angeles

Salem Lot actor Lance Kerwin has died at the age of 62…also known for James at 15 and James at 16

Salem Lot actor Lance Kerwin has died at the age of 62…also famous for James at 15 and the Boy Who drank Too Much

  • The actor’s family said he passed away in San Clemente, California, and that an autopsy is pending
  • Kerwin was a child actor who had a number of notable roles in the late 1970s
  • Kerwin is survived by his five children, Savannah, Fox, Terah, Kelani, and Justus

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

The artist is best known for his work on projects such as the 1979 miniseries Salem’s Lot, as well as the 1977-1978 NBC series James at 15, which was later called James at 16.

Kerwin’s daughter, Savannah, said officials are conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death, according to Variety.

The latest: the death of actor Lance Kerwin at the age of 62 in San Clemente, California, according to his family. Filmed at an event in July 2022 in Los Angeles

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 won much acclaim for his portrayal of Billy Carpenter in the 1980 TV movie The Boy Who Drank.

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

The show was at the center of controversy when the main character engaged in premarital sex, losing her virginity, with thousands of viewers sending the network messages protesting the content. The series ran a total of 21 episodes during 1977-1978.

Kerwin was a teen darling at the time and was a regular presence on the cover of publications like Tiger Beat.

Kerwin was a teen darling in the late '70s and was a regular presence on the cover of publications like Tiger Beat

Kerwin was a teen darling in the late ’70s and was a regular presence on the cover of publications like Tiger Beat

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

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

Kerwin was photographed with Mackenzie Phillips at the Battle of the Network Stars event in Los Angeles in 1978

Kerwin was photographed with Mackenzie Phillips at the Battle of the Network Stars event in Los Angeles in 1978

Other roles Kerwin has had in his career have included stints on TV shows like Wonder Woman, The Bionic Woman, and Family.

In the later years of his career, he appeared on shows like The New Adam-12, Murder, She Wrote, and Simon & Simon.

He appeared in 1995’s Outbreak and returned to the silver screen in 2022’s The Wind and the Reckoning.

The actor has also appeared in horror film conventions in recent years.

Kerwin is survived by his five children, Savannah, Fox, Terah, Kelani, and Justus.

The actor is seen in a promotional photo for the 1975 series The Family Holvak

The actor is seen in a promotional photo for the 1975 series The Family Holvak

He was seen in the 1985 TV movie The Fourth Wise Man, in which he played Bashor

He was seen in the 1985 TV movie The Fourth Wise Man, in which he played Bashor

Through Twitter, a number of the late artist’s peers and fans commemorated his passing.

“I am so saddened to hear of the passing of one of the greatest friends and stars I have ever worked with, Lance Kerwin,” said actor Ike Eisenman. He was the child actor who inspired me to be the best that I could be because he was the best I had ever seen. Rest in peace my friend.’

Actress Erin Murphy said, “Tough start to the year. RIP #LanceKerwin.

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 are with his friends, family and many fans.

Through Twitter, a number of the late artist's peers and fans commemorated his passing

Through Twitter, a number of the late artist’s peers and fans commemorated his passing

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