American actor John Saxon is dead.
Actor John Saxon, whose good looks won him not only legions of female fans but also a wide array of roles, has died at his home in Tennessee, according to the Hollywood Reporter. He was a versatile actor, best known for his role in "Nightmare on Elm Street" movies under the direction of Wes Craven, Bob Clark's "Black Christmas", and "Enter the Dragon", where he starred alongside martial arts legend Bruce Lee.
Enter the Dragon actor John Saxon has passed away from pneumonia at the age of 83, his wife confirmed.
According to the IMDB website, Saxon played nearly 200 roles in film and television, in a seven-decade career from his 1954 debut with unaccredited roles in "It Should Happen to You" and "A Star Is Born".
Born as Carmine Orrico in Brooklyn, New York in 1935, Saxon was the eldest of three children of an Italian immigrant house painter.
He studied acting with famed actress and acting trainer Stella Adler ahead of beginning his profession as a agreement actor at Universal Images.
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He was also skilled in judo and karate. He went on to appear in 1955's Running Wild; opposite Esther Williams in The Unguarded Moment, which introduced him as "the exciting new personality John Saxon"; Rock, Pretty Baby; Summer Love; The Reluctant Debutante; and This Happy Feeling, starring Debbie Reynolds (the late Carrie Fisher's mother and the late grandmother of Billie Lourd). The 1966 western The Appaloosa earned him a best supporting actor Golden Globe nomination, in a role opposite Marlon Brando.
In 1960 Saxon worked with director John Huston in The Unforgiven.
John Saxon has over 200 films and hundreds of shows to his credit. In Enter the Dragon, Saxon played the gambling ne'er-do-well Roper - a role for which his real-life martial arts skills came in handy.
Saxon was likewise understood for his repeating functions in "Falcon Crest" and "Dynasty", along with the 3rd movie in the "Elm Street" franchise.
The star is survived by his son, Antonio, and his sister, Dolores.