He was also seen in Black Christmas and other classic horror movies.
American actor John Saxon, who starred opposite Bruce Lee in the classic film Enter The Dragon has died at the age of 83, reported CNN. Apart from Enter the Dragon, the actor also appeared in various Nightmare on Elm Street movies throughout his illustrious film career. Saxon died on Saturday in his home Murfreesboro, Tennessee, due to complications from pneumonia, revealed his wife Gloria Martel Saxon.
John Saxon Dead: Nightmare on Elm Street Actor Dies at 84 - Variety....”May you Rest In Peace my brother. Loved watching you on the big screen. Thank you for all that you gave us! https://t.co/F1qRaA8eBe— Sinbad (@sinbadbad) July 27, 2020
She said, "I was so sure he'd hold out until his birthday -- until the 5th. He was a fighter, he was a sensitive, supportive and a generous person to not only his friends but to a lot of people that needed support and help." Saxon’s former wife Elizabeth, who he was married to from 1987 to 1992 posted a tribute to him, writing, "We were lifelong friends, he was much more than a celebrity."
Things haven’t been great for me lately, for any of us really, and now John Saxon is dead. Just need to a minute to be sad. I’m very glad that we were lucky to have seen his work. He elevated many a project. pic.twitter.com/RhiksAA794— Ǥαβʀιεlα 🦎🐲 (@noir_or_never) July 26, 2020
She continued, "He marched in Selma with Martin Luther King [Jr.] and remained an advocate for all those oppressed on this Earth. As a gifted actor, writer and director, he shied away from most of the glittering attention and yet understood the privilege it gave him. While the world will gaze on his talents, I want the world to know much more about how great his love was for humanity and how he cared about all the people in and out of his life. My grief will mark the end of a great friendship but the memories of how much his presence influenced my life and others’ will last an eternity.”
Born in Carmine Orrico, Saxon grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and began modeling as a teenager. According to IMDb, the actor starred in nearly 200 movies and TV shows since he made his debut in 1954. In 1958, Saxon won the Golden Globe Award for the new star of the year in 1958 for his role in This Happy Feeling. Known to be a self-educated man, Saxon spoke three languages and followed everything that was happening in America.
RIP John Saxon. I had the privilege of working with him once in 2006. Very good actor, very nice guy. https://t.co/m9PJ6xjtPg— Joe Dante (@joe_dante) July 26, 2020
Gloria recalled, "A young Carmine watched a war movie where an American soldier met a small Japanese soldier. When the Japanese soldier reached out to shake the larger American's hand, (he) ... easily flipped the American over his shoulder. Well, an amazed Carmine wanted to learn how to do that. He started studying martial arts when he came to Hollywood."
Like many horror fans, I loved whenever John Saxon appeared in any NIGHTMARE film, but I was thrilled that Wes really gave him a chance to do something special in NEW NIGHTMARE. He was a kind man & he’ll be missed by so many. RIP John & thank you for everything. pic.twitter.com/FcUTFw6C5H— Heather Wixson (@thehorrorchick) July 26, 2020
Apart from Enter The Dragon and A Nightmare on Elm Street, Saxon starred in many other influential horror movies like Tenebrae, Black Christmas, From Dusk till Dawn, The Unforgiven, Death of a Gunfighter, and Joe Kidd to name a few. With a career spanning more than six decades, Saxon’s roles were varied and shot all over the world. He started gaining the attention of the public eye after he appeared in the 1956 film Rock, Pretty Baby where he starred opposite stalwarts like Debbie Reynolds and Sandra Dee.
RIP John Saxon who starred in two of my favourite pop culture phenomenas from childhood: Nightmare on Elm Street and Falcon Crest. pic.twitter.com/IxSGKvCZh0— 📚 Mats Strandberg 👻 (@matsstrandberg_) July 26, 2020
Saxon transitioned into a character actor, working across Europe in the ’60s in movies like The Girl Who Knew Too Much. In 1966, he starred in The Appaloosa, where he appeared beside Marlon Brando. After the early success of Enter The Dragon and Black Christmas, Saxon's career took off and he made guest appearances on ’70s popular shows like The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, Starsky and Hutch, and The Rockford Files.
🐉🙏🏽 Sad day. Our condolences to the Saxon family. Thank you for your talent, John. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/FvnAka9egf— Bruce Lee (@brucelee) July 26, 2020
After the news of his demise, Bruce Lee's daughter also paid tribute to the late actor. She wrote, "Sad day. Our condolences to the Saxon family. Thank you for your talent, John. Rest In Peace." Saxon is survived by his wife, Gloria, his son Antonio, his stepson, grandson, and great-grandson.
Rest in peace John Saxon, you will be missed.