John Saxon Death Dead – John Saxon Obituary: Cause of Death

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John Saxon Death Dead – John Saxon Obituary: Cause of Death

John Saxon, known for Enter the Dragon, Nightmare on Elm Street and many other Hollywood hits, passed away today. He appeared in Indo-American production Shalimar (1978) playing deaf-mute in the film. Saxon spent five weeks in India for the shooting.

John Saxon (born on August 5, 1936 – July 25, 2020) was an American actor and martial artist who worked on more than 200 projects during a span of 60 years. Saxon is known for his work in Westerns and horror movies, often playing police officers and detectives.

Saxon, an Italian American, was born Carmine Orrico in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Antonio Orrico, a dock worker, and Anna (née Protettore). He attended New Utrecht High School, graduating in 1953. He then studied acting with famous acting coach Stella Adler. He started acting in movies during the mid-1950s, playing teenage roles. According to Robert Hofler’s 2005 biography The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson: The Pretty Boys and Dirty Deals of Henry Willson, agent Henry Willson saw Saxon’s picture on the cover of a detective magazine and immediately contacted the boy’s family in Brooklyn. With his parents’ permission, the 17-year-old Orrico contracted with Willson, and he was renamed John Saxon. He contracted with Universal Studios in April 1954 at $150 a week. John Saxon was proficient in Judo and Shotokan Karate.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Saxon studied acting with Stella Adler before beginning his career as a contract actor for Universal Pictures, playing in such movies as Rock, Pretty Baby (1956) and Portrait in Black (1961). During the 1970s and 1980s, he established himself as a character actor, frequently portraying law enforcement officials in horror movies such as Black Christmas (1974), Dario Argento’s Tenebrae (1982), and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).

In addition to his roles in horror movies, Saxon co-starred with Bruce Lee in the martial arts movie Enter the Dragon (1973), and had supporting roles in the westerns Death of a Gunfighter (1969) and Joe Kidd (1972), as well as the adventure thriller Raid on Entebbe (1977). In the 1990s, Saxon occasionally appeared in movies, with small roles in Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994) and From Dusk till Dawn (1996).

Saxon died of pneumonia in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on July 25, 2020, aged 83.

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