John Saxon, a versatile Hollywood actor who showed his stoic talent in many western, genre films and iconic horror films has breathed his last at home in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. According to various reports, the actor who was 83 while passing away had a struggling battle against pneumonia. He has starred with Bruce Lee in entering the Dragon and has occurred in numerous Nightmare in Elm Street Movies and was a great achiever in the entire Hollywood industry.
A tribute from the late martial arts actor’s Twitter account was paid to the Saxon family. The reports by entertainment outlets say that the death of the star was confirmed by Saxon’s wife, Gloria.
John Saxon’s best performances were starring two of the sequels, and Roper in 1973’s martial arts epic “Enter the Dragon” and Donald Thompson in the original 1984 “A Nightmare on Elm Street”. The horror movies include1974’s “Black Christmas” Dario Argento’s 1982 film “Tenebrae,” and 1996’s “From Dusk Till Dawn.” His talent was clearly seen in some of the westerns such as “The Unforgiven, by John Huston in 1960, “Death of a Gunfighter” in 1969, and “Joe Kidd” in 1972.
In 1966, Golden Globe for the best supporting actor was awarded to Saxon for his performance in The Appaloosa.
Saxon was born to Italian-American parents and brought up in Brooklyn, New York. He started modeling as a teenager and this was the turning point of his life. The talented legendary actor Henry Wilson noticed the cover page of a magazine with Saxon on it. This led to bringing him up to the Hollywood industry. The entertainment outlet also reported that Henry Wison was quite good at heart as he helped in improving the careers of Hollywood stars like Tab Hunter and Rock Hudson.
Saxon studied dramatics after signing a contract with Wilson at the age of 17 and then he flew to Hollywood and signed a contract with Universal. Later he changed his name to John Saxon.
Saxon’s career stretched over 60 years and could star varied roles. He was one among teen heartthrobs who attained attention in the film ” Rock, Pretty Baby” in 1956. He then changed his staring to character roles like in “The Girl Who Knew Too Much” and other films in the Philippines, Italy, and Britain.
John Saxon has shown his presence in nearly 200 roles in the films, reported by the internet movie website IMDB. His big-screen debut was made by the movies A Star is Born and It Should Happen To You.
He has played many roles as Mongols, Mexicans, and Native Americans. This was because of his dark eyes and angular profile.
A Tweet by the popular actress Barbara Crampton says, “Saxon had strength and charm, which was a great combination. His strong presence allowed him, with ease to command every role he portrayed.”
In 1987, while conversing with the popularity of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise Saxon said, “I am intrigued by horror and fantasy-type things because I think it is a way of magnifying some part of the human mind that is exhibited or projected in a highly distorted way.”
John Saxon’s final role was in the movie “The Extra” in 2017.