John Saxon

John Saxon

American actor (1936-2020)
John Saxon was an American film and television actor who worked on more than 200 projects during a span of 60 years. He was known for his work in Westerns and horror films, often playing police officers and detectives.Wikipedia
BornAugust 5, 1936
HometownNew York City, New York, United States of America
Height5'9" (1.75m)
SpouseGloria Martel Saxon (m 2008 - 2020) , Elizabeth Saxon (m 1987 - 1992) , Mary Ann Saxon (m 1967 - 1979)
ChildrenAntonio Saxon
ParentsAnna Protettore , Antonio Orrico
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John Saxon, actor who starred alongside Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon – obituary

  • John Saxon, the actor, who has died aged 83, was probably best-known for his role as the martial artist Roper in Enter the Dragon (1973), Bruce Lee’s final film and the one which made him a star beyond Asia. By then, Saxon had already tasted stardom himself, and though often still cast for his handsome looks he was leaving behind his years as a leading man to become more of an authority figure character actor. Paradoxically, this ultimately enabled him to show the range of which he was capable in what proved, for a teen idol of the 1950s, a notably long career. Spotted by a scout coming out of a cinema in Times Square when he should have been in high school, Saxon began as a photographic model. The agent Henry Willson, who promoted good-looking “beefcake” actors such as Rock Hudson, soon noticed a magazine shot of Saxon. Within days, he had a Hollywood contract – though as he was under age his parents signed it for him.

AWARDS

YearAssociationsCategoryWorkResult
1967Golden GlobeBest Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureThe AppaloosaNominated