Actor John Saxon died July 25, 2020 as a result of pneumonia in Murfreesboro, Tennessee at the age of 83.

While he appeared in nearly 200 productions, Saxon is best knows for his roles in “Enter the Dragon” and “Nightmare on Elm Street”.

He was “discovered” by Henry Wilson, the same talent agent that helped to launch the careers of Rock Hudson and Tab Hunter.

A nativ e of New York, Saxon portrayed a variety of characters including a Puerto Rican, a Mexican, and a Middle Easterner.

Saxon made his film debut in 1954 in “It Should Happen to You” but it wasn’t until 1955 when he earned his first credited role in an episode of the television series “Medic”.  His other roles include “The Unforgiven”, “Another World”, “Dr. Kildare”, “Cimarron Strip”, “Bonanza”, “Ironside”, “The Virginian”, “The Bold Ones: The New Doctors”, “Kung Fu”, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”, “Gunsmoke”, “The Six Million Dollar Man”, “The Bionic Woman”, “Hawaii Five-O”, “The Electric Horseman”, “Magnum, P.I.”, “Fantasy Island”, “Dynasty”, “The A-Team”, “Falcon Crest”, “The Last Samurai”, “In the Heat of the Night”, “Murder, She Wrote”, “Beverly Hills Cop III”, “Wes Craven’s New Nightmare”, “Melrose Place”, “Kung Fu: The Legend Continues”, “Criminal Minds”, and “CSI: Crim Scene Investigations”.  “Bring Me the Head of Lance Henriksen” is currently in post production and “After the Thunderstorm” was being filmed at the time of his death.

He was born Carmine Orrico on August 5, 1936 to an Italian immigrant in Brooklyn, New York.  He is fluent in Italian.

Saxon is survived by his third wife Gloria, sister, Dolores, sons Antonio and Lance, grandson Mitchell, and great grandson John.

 

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