Actor John Saxon dies; ‘Enter the Dragon’ among many roles


MURFREESBORO, TENN. – Actor John Saxon, a versatile actor with a long and prolific career who starred with Bruce Lee in “Enter the Dragon” and appeared in several “Nightmare on Elm Street” films, has died at his home in Tennessee, according to Hollywood Journalist. He was 83 years old. The entertainment outlet quotes Saxon’s wife Gloria as confirming that the actor died of pneumonia on Saturday in Murfreesboro.

Saxon won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in 1966 for his role alongside Marlon Brando in “The Appaloosa”.

Born Carmine Orrico, the son of Italian-American parents, Saxon grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and began modeling when he was still a teenager. He then caught the attention of legendary talented agent Henry Willson, who spotted Saxon on the cover of a magazine and brought him to Hollywood. Willson has been recognized for representing and helping develop the careers of male stars like Rock Hudson and Tab Hunter, the outlet said.

At just 17, the aspiring actor signed with Willson, studied acting, and then flew to Hollywood, where he was signed by Universal. His name was changed to John Saxon.

According to the IMDB movie website, Saxon has appeared in nearly 200 film and television roles in a career spanning seven decades since making his big screen debut in 1954 in uncredited roles in “It Should Happen to You ”and George Cukor“ A star is born. ”

His striking angular profile and dark eyes led to roles of Mexicans, Native Americans, and Mongols. Among other characters, Saxon portrayed an Indian chief in the popular western television series “Bonanza” and Marco Polo in the hit futuristic television show “The Time Tunnel”, according to IMDB.

Actress Barbara Crampton wrote on Twitter that Saxon “had strength and charm, which was a great combination. His strong presence allowed him, with ease, to command all the roles he played ”.

In 2017, the Tennessee retirement community, where Saxon and his wife lived, honored him with a film festival after locals requested his films to be shown.

Speaking about the popularity of the ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ franchise in a 1987 interview, Saxon said, “I’m intrigued by horror and fantasy type things because I think it’s a way to magnify a part of the human mind that is exposed or projected in a very distorted way. “


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