Lenny Von Dohlen Biography

Lenny Von Dohlen was an American personality, film actor, theater, and television performer. He appeared in various stage shows, television, and film roles and was famously known for his performance as architect Miles Harding in the film Electric Dreams. He has worked in televisions and films also; the most-watched and noticeable work was the television series Twin Peaks and the spin-off film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.

Early Life

Von Dohlen was born on 22nd December 1958, making him 64 years old as of 2022 (before his demise). He was born in Augusta, Georgia, and was brought up in Goliad, a small town in south Texas. His parents belonged of German ancestry. He wanted to become a jockey since his childhood and was brought up with the same dream his whole life. He went to the University of Texas and studied theater and was also a graduate student of Loretto Heights College in Denver, Colorado.

From his hometown, he moved to New York City and started pursuing his career on the stage. He once said in his interview that he moved to New York City in the hope of performing on the theater stages. This is why he got rid of Texas accents and started listening to John Girlgud records. He went to New York City and the first film he was offered to play was the leader of the country and western band in Texas.

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Lenny Von Dohlen Career


Lenny Von Dohlen starred in his debut film called Tender Mercies, which earned an Academy Award, and starred alongside Robert Duvall in 1983. Von appeared in the movie Electric Dream, which was called the “perfect casting” by Roger Ebert in 1984. Other movies in which he worked while getting stability in his career were Biltmore Clock (1985), Dracula’s Widow (1987), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), Jennifer 8 (1992), Ed Zwick’s Leaving Normal (1992) and the title role in Billy Galvin (1986) where he worked opposite Karl Malden.

Television Work

Von Dohlen played the first characteristic role in television, for which he earned an Emmy Award and it was named Kent State (1981). He also received extreme public attention after he worked in Mark Frost’s 1990 TV series Twin Peaks, which aired on ABC. For the homage to Twin Peaks, he also appeared in the USA Network’s show called Psych and played a significant role in the episode Dual Spires with the joint cast and a reunion including Sheryl Lee. He had the most significant roles in various televisions series including The Equalizer; Tales From the Darkside; Miami Vice, Picket Fences (where he played the role of the gay brother of Marlee Matlin’s character (1992)), The Pretender (1999), Walker, Texas Ranger (1996), and Chicago Hope (1999).

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Theater Work

Despite his flourishing career in televisions, and films VOn Dohlen also worked in certain theater programs including the New York productions of Asian Shade, The Team, Twister, Vanishing Act, and The Maderati. He worked for 9 months in one of Caryl Churchill’s plays, Cloud 9, which was directed by Tommy Tune followed by his other role in the most-watched theater work “Desire Under the Elms” where he worked opposite Kathy Baker.

Lenny Von Dohlen Biography

Real Name Lenny Von Dohlen
Birth Date December 22, 1958
Died Date July 5, 2022
Aged 63 Years
Birth Place August, Georgia
Profession Actor
College University of Texas
Qualification Graduate

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 6’ 2” – in Centimeters – 188 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 75 kg  –  in Pounds –  165 lbs
Hair Color Gray
Eye Color Gray


Father Leonard Harold Von Dohlen, III
Mother Gay Von Dohlen
Sister Two (Mary Gay & Catherine)
Brother John David

Relationship Status

Marital Status In Relationship
Affair Yes
Was he Gay? Yes
Who is his Partner/boyfriend? James Still
Children Hazel

Personal Life

It is not clear whether Lenny Von Dohlen was married or not. However, one thing was sure he had a long-time partner named James Still, the award-winning playwright, who graduated from the University of Kansas and was brought up in Los Angeles. On 8th July, James posted one of his pictures with Lenny Von and captioned it “Lenny, #Love”. James has mentioned his partner Lenny many times in his Twitter feed with one of the posts dated back to 2013, which suggests that both the partners were involved in a romantic relationship and were dating together. James Still has worked in theaters across countries like the United States, China, Australia, Japan, and Europe. Also, it is known that Lenny Von was once married to Marina Drujko, with whom he maintained his relationship from 2007 to 2008.

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Cause of Death

Lenny Von Dohlen died on 5th July 2022, and the news of his death was announced by his sister named Catherine on Facebook after three days. Von is survived by his only daughter named Hazel and his long-time partner named James Still, who is a known playwright. The immediate cause of Von’s death has not been declared by anyone in his family.

Lenny Von Dohen Net Worth

Surely, Lenny Von was earning well because of his multi-professional personality involved in different lines like theater work, television work, and filmographies. Before the time of his demise, he had an estimated net worth of around $5 million.

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