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John Saxon

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia John Saxon (born Carmine Orrico; August 5, 1935 – 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. 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 has 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.

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Aug 5, 1935 In Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie It Should Happen to You 1954-01-15
Latest Project:
Movie Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the '70s 2012-03-30
Known For
Poster of Beverly Hills Cop III
Poster of A Nightmare on Elm Street
Poster of Once an Eagle
Poster of Enter the Dragon
Movie Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the '70s Himself 2012-03-30
Movie Bring Me the Head of Lance Henriksen 2010-01-01
Movie Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy Himself 2010-05-04
Movie War Wolves Tony Ford 2009-03-08
Movie Clarkworld himself 2009-11-03
Movie How Bruce Lee Changed the World Himself 2009-05-17
Movie God's Ears Lee Robinson 2008-06-10
Movie Pelts Jeb 'Pa' Jameson 2006-01-12
Movie Trapped Ashes Leo 2006-09-12
Series Masters of Horror Unknown 2005-10-28
Movie Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen Self 2004-09-04
Movie Blood and Steel: Making 'Enter the Dragon' Himself 2004-11-28
Movie Pitcher and the Pin-Up Michael Curtis 2003-06-14
Movie 'Cannibal Apocalypse' Redux Unknown 2002-03-19
Movie Outta Time Darabont 2002-03-28
Movie Black Christmas Revisited 2002-12-03
Movie Final Payback Police Chief George Moreno 2001-04-24
Movie Night Class Murphy 2001-10-23
Series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Walter Gordon 2000-10-06
Movie Mario Bava: Maestro of the Macabre Himself 2000-01-01
Movie Living in Fear 2000-12-31
Movie Bruce Lee: The Legend Lives On (archive footage) 1999-01-01
Movie Welcome to Primetime Himself 1999-09-08
Movie Bruce Lee - The Intercepting Fist Himself 1998-01-01
Movie Joseph's Gift Jacob Keller 1998-01-01
Movie The Path of the Dragon Himself 1998-01-01
Movie Bruce Lee: In His Own Words Himself (archive footage) 1998-07-01
Movie Criminal Minds Antonio DiPaolo Jr. 1998-10-20
Movie Lancelot : Guardian Of Time Wolvencroft 1997-01-03
Movie From Dusk Till Dawn FBI Agent 1996-01-19
Movie The Killers Within Detective Lewis 1995-01-01
Movie Encyclopedia of Martial Arts: Hollywood Celebrities Himself 1995-08-28
Movie Jonathan of the Bears Fred Goodwin 1995-04-21
Movie Beverly Hills Cop III Orrin Sanderson 1994-05-24
Movie Killing Obsession Dr. Sachs 1994-07-20
Movie New Nightmare Himself / Donald Thompson 1994-10-13
Movie Frame-Up II: The Cover-Up Charles Searage 1994-12-27
Movie The Baby Doll Murders John Maglia 1993-01-01
Movie No Escape, No Return James Mitchell 1993-01-01
Movie Lucky Luke 2 Unknown 1992-01-01
Movie Maximum Force Captain Fuller 1992-10-07
Series Lucky Luke Unknown 1992-03-20
Movie Hellmaster Professor Jones 1992-12-16
Movie Animal Instincts Otto Van Horne 1992-10-21
Movie The Arrival Agent Miils 1991-01-01
Movie Blackmail Gene 1991-10-23
Movie Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker 1991-10-28
Movie The Last Samurai Haroun Al-Hakim 1990-02-28
Movie The Final Alliance Ghost 1990-06-30
Movie The Best of Martial Arts Films Narrator 1990-01-01
Movie Crossing the Line Jack Kagan 1990-08-08
Movie Aftershock Oliver Quinn 1990-10-05
Movie Blood Salvage Clifford Evans 1990-09-14
Movie Nightmare Beach Strycher 1989-09-01
Movie Criminal Act Herb Tamplin 1989-09-27
Movie My Mom's a Werewolf Harry Thropen 1989-11-11
Movie Zombie Death House Colonel Gordon Burgess 1988-01-01
Movie A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Lieutenant Thompson 1987-02-27
Movie Hands of Steel Francis Turner 1986-03-26
Movie Brothers-in-Law Royal Cane 1985-04-28
Movie Fever Pitch Sports Editor 1985-11-22
Series The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1985-09-29
Series Murder, She Wrote Jerry Lydecker 1984-09-30
Movie A Nightmare on Elm Street Lieutenant Thompson 1984-11-14
Series The A-Team Kalem 1983-01-23
Movie The Big Score Davis 1983-03-17
Movie Prisoners of the Lost Universe Kleel 1983-08-15
Series Masquerade Unknown 1983-12-15
Movie Rooster Jerome Brademan 1982-08-19
Movie Wrong Is Right Homer Hubbard 1982-04-16
Movie Una di troppo Sergio Puccini the notary 1982-06-06
Movie The Scorpion with Two Tails Arthur Barnard 1982-09-17
Movie Desire Joe Hale 1982-12-25
Movie Tenebre Bullmer 1982-10-28
Movie Golden Gate Monty Sager 1981-09-25
Movie Beyond Evil Larry Andrews 1980-05-01
Movie Invasion of the Flesh Hunters Norman Hopper 1980-08-04
Movie Running Scared Captain Munoz 1980-11-01
Movie Blood Beach Captain Pearson 1980-09-01
Movie Battle Beyond the Stars Sador 1980-09-08
Movie Fast Company Phil Adamson 1979-05-18
Movie The Glove Sam Kellog 1979-12-01
Movie The Electric Horseman Hunt Sears 1979-12-21
Movie The Bees John Norman 1978-11-01
Movie The Immigrants Alan Brocker 1978-11-20
Movie Shalimar Colonel Columbus 1978-12-08
Movie The Cynic, the Rat & the Fist Frank Di Maggio 1977-02-03
Movie Moonshine County Express J.B. Johnson 1977-06-01
Series 79 Park Avenue Harry Vito 1977-10-16
Movie The Swiss Conspiracy Robert Hayes 1976-09-01
Movie Violent Naples Francesco Capuano 1976-08-07
Movie Shadows in an Empty Room Sgt. Ned Matthews 1976-03-09
Movie Mark Strikes Again Altman 1976-10-20
Movie Cross Shot Commissario Jacovella 1976-12-30
Movie A Special Cop in Action Albertelli 1976-11-27
Movie Raid on Entebbe Maj. Gen. Benny Peled 1976-12-26
Series Once an Eagle Capt. Townshend 1976-12-02
Movie Fight to the Death Mariano Beltrán 1975-01-27
Movie Strange New World Captain Anthony Vico 1975-07-12
Movie Crossfire Dave Ambrose 1975-03-24
Movie Mitchell Walter Deaney 1975-09-10
Series Wonder Woman Unknown 1975-11-07
Movie Planet Earth Dylan Hunt 1974-04-23
Movie Can Ellen Be Saved? James Hallbeck 1974-02-06
Series The Rockford Files Dave Delaroux 1974-09-13
Movie Black Christmas Lieutenant Kenneth Fuller 1974-10-11
Movie Family Killer Gaspare Ardizzone 1973-02-23
Movie Snatched Paul Maxvill 1973-01-31
Movie Mr. Kingstreet's War Mr. Kingstreet 1973-05-01
Movie Enter the Dragon Roper 1973-08-17
Movie Linda Jeff Braden 1973-11-03
Movie Joe Kidd Luis Chama 1972-07-14
Movie The Intruders Billy Pye 1970-11-10
Series The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Dr. Theodore Stuart 1969-09-14
Movie Death of a Gunfighter Lou Trinidad 1969-04-04
Movie Western, Italian Style Himself 1968-01-01
Movie For Singles Only Bret Hendley 1968-06-05
Movie One Dollar Too Many Clay Watson 1968-08-12
Movie Istanbul Express Cheval 1968-10-22
Movie Winchester '73 Dakin McAdam 1967-03-13
Movie Queen of Blood Allan Brenner 1966-03-01
Movie The Appaloosa Chuy 1966-09-14
Movie The Doomsday Flight George Ducette, a celebrity on flight 1966-12-13
Movie The Ravagers Capt. Kermit Dowling 1965-01-08
Movie Blood Beast From Outer Space Dr. Jack Costain 1965-12-31
Movie The Cavern Joe Cramer 1964-06-26
Movie The Girl Who Knew Too Much Dr. Marcello Bassi 1963-02-14
Movie The Cardinal Benny Rampell 1963-12-12
Movie Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation Byron Grant 1962-06-15
Movie War Hunt Pvt. Raymond Endore 1962-05-01
Movie Agostino Renzo 1962-12-06
Movie Posse from Hell Seymour Kern 1961-05-01
Movie The Unforgiven Johnny Portugal 1960-01-01
Movie The Plunderers Rondo 1960-11-05
Movie Portrait in Black Blake Richards 1960-07-27
Movie Cry Tough Miguel Antonio Enrico Francisco Estrada 1959-08-01
Movie The Big Fisherman Voldi 1959-08-04
Movie Summer Love Jimmy Daley 1958-03-10
Movie The Reluctant Debutante David 1958-01-01
Movie The Restless Years Will Henderson 1958-12-01
Movie This Happy Feeling Bill Tremaine 1958-06-18
Movie The Unguarded Moment Leonard Bennett 1956-11-01
Movie Rock, Pretty Baby Jimmy Daley 1956-12-01
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Movie Running Wild Vince Pomeroy 1955-12-01
Movie It Should Happen to You Boy Watching Argument in Park (uncredited) 1954-01-15