John Saxon Wiki – Biography
John Saxon (born Carmine Orrico) was an Italian-American actor and martial artist. He was best known for his role in entering the Dragon and in cult films such as Black Christmas and the Nightmare on Elm Street series.
His film credits also include Running Wild (1955), Rock, Pretty Baby (1956), Summer Love (1958), The Reluctant Debutante (1958), This Happy Feeling (1958), In Cry Tough (1959), War Hunt (1962), Mario Bava’s Evil Eye (1963), Otto Preminger’s The Cardinal (1963), Blood Beast From Outer Space (1965), Joe Kidd (1972), Mitchell (1975), The Swiss Conspiracy (1976), The Electric Horseman (1979), Wrong Is Right (1982), Richard Brooks’ Fever Pitch (1985), Beverly Hills Cop III (1994) and God’s Ears (2008).
Throughout his career, Saxon would portray characters of various ethnicities, including a Puerto Rican New Yorker in 1959’s “Cry Tough” and as a Mexican bandit opposite Marlon Brando in 1966’s “The Appaloosa,” a role for which Saxon won a Golden Globe. More than a decade later he played Middle Eastern tycoon Rashid Ahmed on ABC’s “Dynasty.”
Saxon said in an interview with the Chicago Daily Tribune in 1960 that he “wanted to do all sorts of character parts.”
Among his major Hollywood feature roles was playing a martial artist alongside Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon. He also starred in Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984 as the heroine’s father. He later reprised his role in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.
John Saxon Age
John Saxon was 83 years old. He was born on August 5, 1935, in Brooklyn, New York, United States. He died on July 25, 2020.
He was married three times. He was married to his third wife Gloria Martel from 2008 until his death. He was previously married to his second wife Elizabeth Saxon from 1987 until their divorce in 1992 and to his first wife Mary Ann Saxon from 1967 until their divorce in 1979.
He had a son, Antonio Saxon.
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He was the son of Antonio Orrico, a dock worker, and Anna (née Protettore). He was the eldest of three children.
John Saxon Death
He died in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on July 25, 2020, at age 84. John Saxon’s wife, Gloria Martel, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
Cause of Death
John Saxon’s cause of death was pneumonia, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
John Saxon’s net worth is estimated to be $2 million.