Famous American actor and martial artist John Saxon died of pneumonia in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. His wife Gloria made the statement to the Hollywood reporter. He was famous for his signature western and horror movies. During the span of 60 years, Saxon worked with around 200 projects.
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He also co-worked with Bruce Lee in the movie enter the dragon in 1973. his famous film of all is A nightmare on elm street of 1984. The Italian American was an inevitable part of budget teen movies during the mid 50’s and early ’60s. The ‘Extra’ released in 2017 was his last film. Saxon also acted in Italian cinema, which is a cop-detective thriller genre. During his teen days, he appeared in the magazine cover page of True Romances. He also played Dr Theodore Stuart for the television series ‘The Bold Ones: The New Doctors’. Saxon inspired the Kenner action-figure doll named ‘Maskatron’ which was based on the series six million dollars man.
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His birth name is Carmine Orrico, John Saxon was the classmate of Hollywood’s all-time talented acting coach Stella Adler, who is the founder of Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York in 1949. He began his career as a contract actor for Universal Pictures. After working with universal pictures as a contract actor for nearly 18 months John Saxon had his first significant role in the motion pictures as a juvenile delinquent in Running Wild (1955), through his popularity in the teen movies Rock, pretty baby and summer love by the end of 1958 Saxon received about 3000 fan mails a week. He did many cameo roles as well and acted in a sex comedy of Sam Katzman, for singles only in 1968
The major Saxon filmography includes Winchester ’73 (1967), Istanbul Express (1968), One Dollar Too Many 1968, Death of a Gunfighter 1969, Mr Kingstreet’s War 1971, Joe Kidd 1972, Enter the Dragon 1973, Black Christmas 1974, Metralleta ‘Stein’ 1975, The Swiss Conspiracy 1976, Strange Shadows in an Empty Room 1976, Violent Naples 1976.