John Saxon OHN SAXON, 'ENTER THE DRAGON,' 'NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET' ACTOR, DIES AT 83
The rugged actor who kicked around with bruce lee and entered 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 rasheed ahmed, a powerful middle east tycoon who romanced alexis colby, joan collins and on another 1980s primetime soap, cbs Apostrophe falcon crest, he played the father of lorenzo lama’s character years earlier, saxon starred from 1969 to 72, as the surgeon theodore stewart on the new doctor’s rotating segment of the nbc drama series. The bold ones discovered by the same agent, who launched the careers of rock hudson and tabhunter 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 cair dalia, and his horror resume also includes two films for roger corman, queen of blood 1966 and battle beyond the stars.
1980, playing a tyrannical warlord and 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: okay, 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 a new nightmare 1994.. He was born carmine oracle on august 5th, 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 wilson, the legendary hollywood agent, who had discovered hudson and hunter.
Then just 17 saxon signed with wilson 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 studios workshop for 18 months and then worked with mamie vandoren in running wild 1955.. After unguarded moment, saxon appeared as young rock and roll musicians in rock pretty baby 1956 and summer love 1958 and played opposite sandra d in the reluctant debutante 1958 directed by vincente minelli and debbie reynolds in blake edwards. This happy feeling 1958. in krytav, 1959 saxon starred. As a tough puerto rican kid from new york and in war hunt 1962, he was top billed as a psychotic sawlighter robert redford and sydney pollock 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 and joe kidd 1972, and played a dirty union lawyer in andrew mclaglan’s mitchell 1975.. His film resume also included mario bava’s evil eye 1963. Otto premangers, 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 3, 1994 and god’s ears 2008..