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Actor John Saxon best known for ‘Enter The Dragon’, ‘Nightmare On Elm Street’ passes away

John Saxon, Hollywood’s versatile actor best known for roles in ‘Enter The Dragon’ and ‘Nightmare On Elm Street’ passes away from pneumonia aged 83.

Saxon died on Saturday, July 25, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, said his wife Gloria in a statement.

He made his film debut in 1954 with roles in the romantic comedy It Should Happen To You starring Judy Holliday, Jack Lemon, and Peter Lawford and the musical A Star Is Born starring Judy Garland and James Mason.

The mid to late 50s Saxon was seen as a teen idol and won a Golden Globe in 1958 as Most Promising Newcomer Male.

Among his major Hollywood feature roles was playing a martial artist alongside Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon. He also worked in Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984 as the heroine’s father. Later, he reprised his role in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.

Other than films, Saxon also has a long career in television included appearances Gunsmoke (1965-75), Bonanza (1967-69), Ironside (1967-70), Kung Fu (1972), The Six Million Dollar Man (1974-76), Wonder Woman (1976) and Fantasy Island (1978-84), among many others.

He also portrayed a Middle Eastern tycoon who romanced Joan Collins’ character, Alexis Coby, in a recurring role on the ABC hit primetime soap opera series Dynasty from 1982-84.

Saxon also played the father of Lorenzo Lamas’ character on CBS primetime soap Falcon Crest from 1982-88.

On John Saxon’s death tributes pour in social media remembering his contribution to the film world.




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