'Nightmare on Elm Street' star John Saxon dead at 83

Bruce Lee and John Saxon on the set of the movie Enter the Dragon 1973

Actor John Saxon participates in The Hollywood Show held at Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel & Convention Center on October 6, 2012 in Burbank, California. Saxon additionally made his mark in westerns resembling John Huston's 1960 movie "The Unforgiven", 1969's "Dying of a Gunfighter" and 1972's "Joe Kidd".

During his long career, Saxon - an Italian-American from Brooklyn, played characters of various ethnicities. He was best known for starring with Bruce Lee in "Enter the Dragon" and appeared in several "Nightmare on Elm Street" movies.

His birth name is Carmine Orrico, John Saxon was the classmate of Hollywood's all-time talented acting coach Stella Adler, who is the founder of Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NY in 1949.

Although not a household name, he was nevertheless, for many years, one of the most recognisable faces in American movies, especially in the western, horror and action genres, with him often cast as a policeman.

Saxon was born as Carmine Orrico in Brooklyn, New York in 1935. Soon after Universal Studios contracted him and requested he be renamed to John Saxon. After graduating from high school, he studied acting from famous acting coach Stella Adler.

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Solid technique, screen-friendly looks and a physicality that came with his proficiency in Judo and Shotokan Karate made him easy to cast. Saxon is especially remembered for his horror film roles in three A nightmare on Elm Street- and Black Christmas the film.

Receiving a Golden Globe nomination for his work alongside Marlon Brando in 1966's The Appaloosa, Saxon has a three year stint on the TV series The Bold Ones: The New Doctors before starring alongside Bruce Lee in the martial arts icon's first and only mainstream Hollywood movie, 1973's Enter the Dragon.

He was married three times - Mary Ann Murphy from 1967 to 1979, Elizabeth Saxon from 1987 to 1992 and, since 2008 to Martel.

He is survived by his sons Antonio and Lance; grandson Mitchell; great-grandson John; and sister Dolores.

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