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RIP: John Saxon [ actor ].....
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: July 25, 2020 11:17PM
....at 83.....of pneumonia.....you will recognize the face........


....he was in 'Enter the Dragon'......'Nightmare on Elm Street'.........


John Saxon, 'Enter the Dragon,' 'Nightmare on Elm Street' Actor, Dies at 83

The Brooklyn tough guy also starred in 'The Appaloosa,' 'The Unguarded Moment' and 'Black Christmas.'

......John Saxon, the rugged actor who kicked around with Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon and appeared in three Nightmare on Elm Street movies for director Wes Craven, died Saturday. He was 83.

Saxon died of pneumonia in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, his wife, Gloria, told The Hollywood Reporter.

An Italian-American from Brooklyn, Saxon played characters of various ethnicities during his long career.

His portrayal of a brutal Mexican bandit opposite Marlon Brando in The Appaloosa (1966) earned him a Golden Globe, and he had a recurring role on ABC's Dynasty as Rashid Ahmed, a powerful Middle East tycoon who romanced Alexis Colby (Joan Collins). And on another 1980s primetime soap, CBS' Falcon Crest, he played the father of Lorenzo Lamas' character.

Years earlier, Saxon starred from 1969-72 as the surgeon Theodore Stuart on "The New Doctors" rotating segment of the NBC drama series The Bold Ones.

Discovered by the same agent who launched the careers of Rock Hudson and Tab Hunter, Saxon first gained notice for his performance as a disturbed high school football star who taunts Esther Williams in The Unguarded Moment (1956). In the film's credits, he's billed as "the exciting new personality John Saxon."

He played a police chief who makes a fatal mistake in the Canadian cult classic Black Christmas (1974), featuring Margot Kidder and Keir Dullea, and his horror résumé also includes two films for Roger Corman: Queen of Blood (1966) and Battle Beyond the Stars (1980), playing a tyrannical warlord.

In Warner Bros.' Enter the Dragon (1973), Lee's first mainstream American movie and last before his death at age 32, Saxon portrayed Roper, a degenerate gambler who participates in a martial arts tournament. In real life, his fighting skills did not approach those possessed by Lee and another co-star, karate champion Jim Kelly.

Saxon, though, said that Lee "took me seriously. I would tell him I would rather do it this way, and he'd say, 'OK, try it that way,' " he told the Los Angeles Times in 2012.

Saxon played the cop Donald Thompson in the first and third films in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, where he's eventually killed by Freddy Krueger's skeleton. He then returned to play a version of himself in New Nightmare (1994).

He was born Carmine Orrico on Aug. 5, 1936, the eldest of three children of an Italian immigrant house painter. While in high school, he worked as a spieler at a Coney Island archery concession, becoming proficient with the bow and arrow.

"Brooklyn was a tough place to grow up in, but it taught you survival, and if you were ambitious, it taught you to want better things," he once said.

Walking out of a movie theater after skipping class at New Utrecht High School, he was spotted by a male modeling agent and then appeared in magazines like True Romances.

One photo shoot, which he said pictured him as a "Puerto Rican guy" leaning against a garbage can after he had been shot, caught the attention of Henry Willson, the legendary Hollywood agent who had discovered Hudson and Hunter.

Then just 17, Saxon signed with Willson, studied dramatics for six months with Betty Cashman at Carnegie Hall and flew to Hollywood, where he was quickly signed by Universal. He attended the studio's workshop for 18 months and then worked with Mamie Van Doren in Running Wild (1955).

After Unguarded Moment, Saxon appeared as young rock 'n' roll musicians in Rock, Pretty Baby (1956) and Summer Love (1958) and played opposite Sandra Dee in The Reluctant Debutante (1958), directed by Vincente Minnelli, and Debbie Reynolds in Blake Edwards' This Happy Feeling (1958).

In Cry Tough (1959), Saxon starred as a tough Puerto Rican kid from New York, and in War Hunt (1962), he was top-billed as a psychotic solider. (Robert Redford and Sydney Pollack also were in the cast, and the three would reunite in 1979 for The Electric Horseman.)

Never shy about showing off his machismo, Saxon also co-starred with Clint Eastwood in Joe Kidd (1972) and played a dirty union lawyer in Andrew McLaglen's Mitchell (1975).

His film résumé also included Mario Bava's Evil Eye (1963), Otto Preminger's The Cardinal (1963), Blood Beast From Outer Space (1965), The Swiss Conspiracy (1976), Wrong Is Right (1982), Richard Brooks' Fever Pitch (1985), Beverly Hills Cop III (1994) and God's Ears (2008).

He was married three times, to screenwriter Mary Ann Murphy, airline attendant turned actress Elizabeth Saxon and, since 2008, cosmetician Gloria Martel. Survivors also include his son, Antonio, and his sister, Dolores.

Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Motion Picture and Television Fund.



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Re: RIP: John Saxon [ actor ].....
Posted by: vision63
Date: July 25, 2020 11:32PM
Just saw him on Bonanza. He had an interesting career. Covered a lot of different genres with great range.
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Re: RIP: John Saxon [ actor ].....
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: July 26, 2020 12:48AM
The placeholder guy for all of us in Enter the Dragon. big grin smiley

RIP.
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Re: RIP: John Saxon [ actor ].....
Posted by: norse
Date: July 26, 2020 01:18AM
There's the 3 of 3...

John Saxon
Regis Philbin
Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac)

RIP
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Re: RIP: John Saxon [ actor ].....
Posted by: Speedy
Date: July 26, 2020 04:57AM
Only 83. As the article enumerates, he got his start young.



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Re: RIP: John Saxon [ actor ].....
Posted by: RgrF
Date: July 26, 2020 05:15AM
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Speedy
Only 83. As the article enumerates, he got his start young.

How can you tell if you yourself are getting old?



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/26/2020 05:16AM by RgrF.
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Re: RIP: John Saxon [ actor ].....
Posted by: Speedy
Date: July 26, 2020 05:44AM
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RgrF
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Speedy
Only 83. As the article enumerates, he got his start young.

How can you tell if you yourself are getting old?

I thought he died years ago. But, yes, I’m old.



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Re: RIP: John Saxon [ actor ].....
Posted by: RgrF
Date: July 26, 2020 05:52AM
Only if you think you are, keep on chuggin'.
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Re: RIP: John Saxon [ actor ].....
Posted by: WHiiP
Date: July 26, 2020 06:13AM
As Groucho once said. "you're only as old as the women you feel!"



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Re: RIP: John Saxon [ actor ].....
Posted by: Rolando
Date: July 26, 2020 09:31AM
I hazily remembered him from "Planet Earth" and "Strange New World", which were both reboots of Gene Roddenberry's "Genesis 2" TV Pilot.

I recognized him as the dad in Nightmare on Elm Street. (I still crush/remember crushing on Heather Langenkamp).

Rest in Peace, Mr Saxon.




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Re: RIP: John Saxon [ actor ].....
Posted by: PeterB
Date: July 26, 2020 09:51AM
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WHiiP
As Groucho once said. "you're only as old as the women you feel!"

And boy, did he do a lot of feeling:







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Re: RIP: John Saxon [ actor ].....
Posted by: hal
Date: July 26, 2020 11:21AM
One of those guys that I know and I've seen him in 100 movies, but before reading this thread, I couldn't name one.
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Re: RIP: John Saxon [ actor ].....
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: July 26, 2020 12:44PM
R.I.P.

I liked him in my all time fav, Enter The Dragon.

He was pretty good in just about everything he did.



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Re: RIP: John Saxon [ actor ].....
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: July 26, 2020 11:14PM
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norse
There's the 3 of 3...

John Saxon
Regis Philbin
Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac)

RIP

And what of Olivia de Havilland?



It is what it is.
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Re: RIP: John Saxon [ actor ].....
Posted by: RgrF
Date: July 26, 2020 11:28PM
Olivia was 103, past her use by date.

Some celebrity said something to the effect of "it's best to step off the stage while there's still an audience in the house"
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Re: RIP: John Saxon [ actor ].....
Posted by: vision63
Date: July 27, 2020 12:43AM
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RgrF
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Speedy
Only 83. As the article enumerates, he got his start young.

How can you tell if you yourself are getting old?

You're as young as you feel.
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Re: RIP: John Saxon [ actor ].....
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: July 27, 2020 04:01AM
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RgrF
Olivia was 103, past her use by date.

104, actually. It’s not clear to me what significance that fact holds within the context of this discussion.



It is what it is.
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