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This article centers around Kenneth DiLaurentis, a TV character. For another version check out Kenneth DiLaurentis (Book Character).


I promise to do everything I can to help you forget those memories.
Kenneth to Alison
Kenneth DiLaurentis
Kenneth DiLaurentis
General Information

Gender:

Male

Age:

49

Hair Color:

Gray

Eye Color:

Green

Marital Status:

Divorced from Jessica DiLaurentis

Single

Birthday:

Unknown

Occupation(s):

Real Estate Agent

Nickname:

Ken
Relationships

Family:

Grandma Dee (mother; deceased)
Jason DiLaurentis (legal son)
Alison DiLaurentis (daughter)

Romances:

Jessica DiLaurentis (ex-wife; deceased)
Series Information

Status:

Alive

First appearance:

Crazy

Latest appearance:

The Melody Lingers On

Portrayed By:

Jim Abele

Kenneth DiLaurentis is the father of Alison DiLaurentis and the legal father of Jason DiLaurentis. He is portrayed by Jim Abele.

Series

Pilot

He is among the people at his daughter's funeral greeting mourners along with Jessica.

Crazy

It is revealed that he has never forgiven Hanna for saying she saw Alison three days before she was discovered dead. He claims that she seems to have gotten crueler with age. He is upset that Hanna lied about Alison being dead.

What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted

Jason reveals to Emily that his father lives in an apartment building in Rosewood indicating that he still lives in town every now and then.

The Mirror Has Three Faces

Jessica DiLaurentis informs Emily that Kenneth is divorcing her. She also reveals that his way coping with Alison's death erasing her from his mind.

Whirly Girlie

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While Officer Holbrook is questioning Alison and the girls at the police station, Kenneth arrives and interrupts the discussion as Alison embraces her father. Alison is in her room going through her stuff when Kenneth walks in. He says Alison can sleep downstairs just in case she is too scared, but Alison assures him that she’ll be fine. Kenneth says that he’ll never let Alison out of his sight again. Alison asks her father about her mother. He has been trying to reach her and is worried. He vows to try and help her forget her lost years. They share a moment and Kenneth tells Alison about divorcing her mother.

The next day, Mr. DiLaurentis stops by Hanna's place and tells Ashley Marin that he needs her help, while Hanna eavesdrops. He asks her to go through Jessica’s e-mails to see if she can find her whereabouts. Later, Jason and Kenneth argue over Jessica's disappearance. He thinks that Jason knows where she is. Emily walks in on them with Alison's dog, Pepe stating that Alison wanted her to take him for a walk.


Surfing the Aftershocks

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In the DiLaurentis' living room before Jessica's funeral, Kenneth is telling Jason he does not want any police or press at the funeral or cemetery. Jason tells him he has already taken care of it all. When Alison comes downstairs from her room, Kenneth asks why she is wearing that particular dress, and tells her to go back upstairs and change, put on something else. Alison doesn't understand why her father is angry until Spencer tells her Jessica wore it to her funeral.


Thrown From The Ride

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Kenneth is ending a call in the DiLaurentis house when Alison comes down the stairs with a box of clothes. Presuming their Jessica’s, Kenneth tells Ali that she doesn’t have to deal with that at the moment and that she may want to keep some of Jessica’s things for herself. Alison tells her father that’s she’s going back to school, and while Kenneth thinks she should get a fresh start, but he doesn’t see how it’s possible if they stay in Rosewood. He tells Alison that the place he moved into isn’t that far away, “maybe the girls can come spend the summer”.

Dropping by Alison’s bedroom, Kenneth asks Alison if she’s hungry before telling her he got another call from Detective Holbrook saying that she needs to go in for a medical exam. Kenneth says he was able to postpone it before because of Jessica death, but they can’t keep putting it off. He tells her that he’ll be right there with her on the other side of the door. Kenneth says that he hasn’t wanted to push her to talk, but worries that Alison was hurt in a way she shouldn’t have been, and if she has, she needs to talk to someone. Alison reassures him that nothing like that happened. Having asked Kenneth for a sandwich, Kenneth goes to make her one but before he leaves her room, he tells Alison that he knows she said she needed some clothes, so she should go buy whatever she likes.


A Dark Ali

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Kenneth stands in an observation room with Lieutenant Tanner, as they look in on Alison’s kidnapper, before Kenneth asks what his name is. After Tanner tells Kenneth his name is Cyrus Petrillo, Kenneth asks how they found him. Tanner tells him that Mrs Marin’s neighbour reported a man lurking in her yard, and when Kenneth questions that Cyrus has admitted everything, Tanner says that his story matches Alison’s - the abduction, the blindfold, her escape. As Tanner tells Kenneth to not say a word until the police have enough evidence to press changes, Kenneth asks her where Alison is.

Walking into an office, Kenneth kneels down next to Alison, who is staring at Cyrus Petrillo’s mug shot. Kenneth asks Alison if that’s him, “is that the man who hurt you?”, but Alison says that she doesn’t know.

Kenneth knocks on Alison’s bedroom door, and after greeting Emily, Kenneth tells Alison that he just got back from the station, and… “Emily, can I have a word with Ali?”, but Alison tells him that she already told her. Kenneth tells Alison she wasn’t supposed to do that, to which Alison tells him that Emily helped save her life, so she deserves to know what’s going on. Kenneth comments that the person Alison should be talking to is Tanner, “that man knew every detail. How would he know that unless he did it?” Sitting down next to Alison on her bed, Kenneth mentions that Cyrus confessed already, “the police said this same man could have killed your mom, and Bethany Young”. Kenneth tells Alison that they’re all there to support her, and they all want the same thing, “to put this man away for a very long time”. Looking up in Emily’s direction, Kenneth moves his eyes in Alison’s direction, guiding Emily to say something. Holding onto Alison’s hand, Kenneth tells her that whatever she’s afraid of, don’t be, “this man is behind bars, and all we have to do is keep him there”.

Walking back to Alison, Kenneth finds Ezra sitting with her and asks, “can I help you?”, before saying that if there is anything he wants to say to Alison, he can talk to him, “or the police”. Ezra apologises and explains that he was just saying hello. After Ezra gets up to leave, Kenneth asks Alison if she is okay and if he was bothering her, but Alison tells him that it is fine. Looking at his watch, Kenneth tells Alison that they don’t have much time, and that they have to release her kidnapper after 48 hours. As Kenneth says that he knows this is hard, “but we really have to go”, Alison says she thinks she’s just going to get a refill. As Alison walks away from the table, Kenneth stands, telling her she has two minutes.

Kenneth and Alison meet Lieutenant Tanner out the front of the Rosewood Police Department, where they all get into Tanner’s vehicle and drive away.

Walking down into a basement, Tanner explains to Kenneth and Alison that this is the place where Cyrus said he kept Alison. As Alison hesitates going down the stairs, Kenneth asks if she is okay. As Tanner asks if Alison remembers the place, and Alison says that she could never forget it, Kenneth wraps his daughter in a hug.

Arriving home, Kenneth and Alison get out of the car to find Emily sitting on their porch. Emily asks Alison if she can talk with her, and when Alison tells Kenneth she will be right in, Kenneth looks over his shoulder to the police car parked in the lane and heads inside.


Through a Glass, Darkly

While Kenneth is not in this episode, Jason reveals to Lieutenant Tanner that he and his father lied about Alison being with them at the time of Mona's murder.


The Melody Lingers On

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At Chester County Women’s Correctional Facility, Kenneth watches as Rebecca points out to Alison where they and the prosecution will be sitting when Alison’s trial begins. As Rebecca tells Alison to not be afraid to look at the jury, they don’t want them to think Alison has anything to hide, Kenneth says he doesn’t like the idea of twelve strangers off the street deciding what happens to his daughter, to which Rebecca tells him that it’s the American way. Alison mentions that the jury know nothing about her, and if she could just tell them to whole story, but Rebecca cuts in, telling Alison that they’ve discussed this before, and the key to winning this case isn’t telling the jury desperate stories about being plotted against. Rebecca says that it’s her job to prevent the prosecutor from proving his case, before adding that right now the prosecutor has the tougher job. Kenneth questions why, and Rebecca says that the prosecutor has to convince twelve jurors beyond a reasonable doubt that Alison killed Mona, and all they have to do is make one of them unsure. When Alison questions one of them, Rebecca tells her that that’s all it takes.

Walking out of his Real Estate Office, Kenneth finds Jason talking with Spencer. Kenneth tells Jason to get in the car, and as Spencer tries to keep speaking with Jason, Kenneth again tells Jason to get in the car, “now”. Spencer mentions to Kenneth that she just wants to speak with Jason, but Kenneth tells Spencer that he’s not interested in what she wants, “what you want doesn’t help Alison”. Saying that they’re neighbours, “at least for the moment”, Kenneth comments that in case Spencer forgot her house is the one with the big gate and the wall, “stay on the other side of it”. Getting into the car, Kenneth starts the ignition and drives off.

Sitting in the courtroom, Kenneth waits for the jury and the judge to enter so proceedings can begin. Kenneth listens as the prosecutor goes through his opening statement, asking the jury to remember high school, before saying that Ms. Marcus, Alison’s lawyer, will soon be telling them of an amazing story about Alison DiLaurentis and how she was kidnapped and traumatized by two years of captivity, how she escaped her captors and returned home with the help of her closest friends, but the Commonwealth will proved with direct testimony of witnesses that Alison DiLaurentis’ epic tale of abduction and escape is a lie. Douglas then adds that Alison planned and carried out the murder of Mona Vanderwaal, consigning her to a cruel, anonymous end.

Walking down the hallway outside the courtroom, Kenneth approaches Aria and Emily, “you knew about this? You all knew and you told the police”. Rebecca tells Kenneth that this isn’t going to solve the problem, but Kenneth ignores her, saying that the four girls talked Alison into it, “that’s what happened. The four of you talked her into this. It was your idea”. Jason steps in, telling Kenneth that Alison lied to the girls the same way she lied to them, and when Kenneth begins to say that Jason doesn’t know that, but Rebecca steps in, telling them not to get into it here. Giving one last look to the girls, Kenneth turns and walks back down the hall.

Along with the rest of the courtroom, Kenneth watches the video of Mona being attacked on the day she died. Kenneth listens as Jason retracts his original statement to the police, saying he now believes that Alison couldn’t have been the one to attack Mona. The prosecutor then asks Jason if knows a girl named Hanna Marin, to which Jason says he does, before confirming that Hanna is one of Alison’s friends. Kenneth then listens as the prosecutor asks Jason who Ashley Marin is, and after Jason explains that she’s Hanna’s mom, he’s asked to point Ashley out for the jury. As Jason says Ashley is in the third row wearing a blue dress, all eyes, including Kenneth’s go to Ashley. The prosecutor goes on to ask whether on occasion Jason met with Ashley out of the office, and when Jason tells him yes, Mr Sirk asks whether their meetings were social, to which Jason confirms that they were. Mr Sirk then questions whether these social meetings were always in public places, and after Jason says that most of them were, the prosecutor questions that not all of them were and some were in private. Mr Sirk questions whether Jason would describe the meetings as intimate, to which Jason says that they were private. As the prosecutor asks whether anything happened during these private meetings with the attractive woman seated in the gallery that lead Jason to alter his testimony, Jason tells him no.

In the hallway outside the courtroom, Kenneth exchanges words with Rebecca. As Jason catches up with them, Kenneth berates him before storming off.


I'm a Good Girl, I Am

Although not in this episode, Alison mentions to Rebecca that Jason and Kenneth have gone to get lunch while the jury deliberate their decision.

Appearances (10/120)

Season 3 (1/24)

Season 5 (5/25)

Season 6 (4/20)

Notes

  • He held a grudge with Hanna for a year and confronted her in an aggressive manner.
  • While not credited on screen, the man hanging around Mrs. DiLaurentis in "Pilot" is assumed to be Mr. DiLaurentis.
  • Mr. DiLaurentis is rarely if not never mentioned in the books (other than "Ali's Pretty Little Lies") and didn't talk to Hanna.
  • He divorced his wife, Jessica DiLaurentis, because it was his way of dealing with daughter Alison's death. 
  • Jason remarks in Through a Glass, Darkly that Alison had Kenneth 'wrapped around her little finger from day one'. 

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