Howard Newly, the character actor Kevin Dunn plays on ABC's " Samantha Who?," is a man of few words, unless it's about chickens, and then he has plenty to say. Now Dunn has dropped the price of his Sierra Madre house from $1,148,000 to $1,075,000 -- not exactly chicken feed.
The two-level home was built in 1890 and has three bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms in a charm-filled 2,621 square feet. Some materials in the home were rescued from a historic local monastery -- the Passionist Fathers' retreat.
There are built-in banquettes in the front and entertainment rooms. The living room has a Vermont casting wood-burning stove. There is a downstairs library. The country kitchen offers an O'Keefe & Merritt six-burner double-oven stove, a butcher-block counter from a local fudge shop and a breakfast area with built-in booths and benches. The master bedroom has a fireplace, and there are mountain views from the master balcony, backyard and office deck.
The home has a saltwater pool and spa, and the 12,297-square-foot lot includes a grape vine, two vegetable gardens and fruit trees. There is also a soundproof music studio in the backyard.
Dunn, 53, renovated the property from an original 900-square-foot cottage. He has owned it for almost two decades. He learned carpentry in Chicago, where he worked in theater for more than a dozen years.
Dunn played Mark Nash in the feature film "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (2008). He has appeared in 25 episodes of "Samantha Who?" and has been seen in "All the King's Men" (2006), "Boston Legal" (2006) and two episodes of "Prison Break" in 2007.
Reni Rose and Patty Berger at Prudential California Realty, Sierra Madre, share the listing.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times