Vale: John Saxon

Prolific US actor, best known for Nightmare on Elm Street, has died.

Prolific US actor John Saxon, best known for Nightmare on Elm Street and Enter the Dragon, has died, aged 83.

He died of pneumonia in Tennessee, according to reports.

Saxon’s career spanned 60 years in film and television including as a police chief in the 1974 cult slasher film Black Christmas and later as police officer Donald Thompson in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise.

He also acted opposite Clint Eastwood in the western Joe Kidd, and opposite Marlon Brando in The Appaloosa, for which he won a Golden Globe nomination. His role in Enter the Dragon saw him fight alongside Bruce Lee in Lee’s last film before his death in 1973. Other films included The Last Samurai, From Dusk Till Dawn, Beverly Hills Cop III and Nightmare Beach.

Saxon also had a prolific television career, appearing in Dynasty, Fantasy Island, The A-Team, CSI, California, Melrose Place, Murder She Wrote, In the Heat of the Night, Matlock, Falcon Crest, Hotel, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Magnum PI, Hardcastle and McCormick, Vega$, The Rockford Files, Petrocelli, Hawaii Five-O, Quincy ME, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Time Tunnel, Dr. Kildare, Police Story, The Rookies, Kung Fu, The Virginian, Starsky and Hutch, Wonder Woman, The Bionic Woman and The Six Million Dollar Man.

Source: Vulture.

3 Responses

    1. Yes, John Saxon was quite a busy guy, looking at his list of films and TV shows he certainly enjoyed a full working life, which is a good indication of how sort after as an actor he was.
      I’m surprised he has passed, he looked a lot younger than his years.

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