'A Nightmare on Elm Street' Star John Saxon Dead at 83
He also starred in 'Enter the Dragon,' 'Black Christmas' and more
Saxon racked up over 200 credits over the course of his lengthy career. In addition to playing Lt. Donald "Don" Thompson in the Nightmare franchise, he appeared in Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon, the cult classic horror film Black Christmas, Dario Argento's Tenebrae, the Clint Eastwood film Joe Kidd and Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn, among many others.
Saxon's television roles included The Six Million Dollar Man, Starsky and Hutch, Dynasty, Falcon Crest, The A-Team and Melrose Place.
Saxon's death was confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter by his third wife Gloria. Saxon had previously been married to screenwriter Mary Ann Murphy and actor Elizabeth Saxon. He is also survived by his son Antonio and his sister Dolores.
Read some tributes to Saxon below.
RIP John Saxon. I had the privilege of working with him once in 2006. Very good actor, very nice guy. https://t.co/m9PJ6xjtPg— Joe Dante (@joe_dante) July 26, 2020
I always loved seeing John Saxon in a movie or TV show. His first impression on me was a strong one: playing Steve Austin's old pal Major Frederick Sloan AND the robot that replaces him in the "Day of the Robot" episode of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN. So good.— Peyton Reed (@MrPeytonReed) July 26, 2020
I had the good fortune to host John Saxon at the American Cinematheque - screening his Bruce Lee epic "Enter the Dragon" and the Marlon Brando western "The Appaloosa," for which Saxon earned a Golden Globe nomination. He was a great guy full of stories. https://t.co/DuZL2FBnJw— Larry Karaszewski (@Karaszewski) July 26, 2020
RIP John Saxon.— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) July 26, 2020
World class bad ass and friend/student of Bruce Lee.
I always said, if I had to do a secret mission and I could on;y bring a couple of guys, I'd want two of them to be Bruce Lee and John Saxon! pic.twitter.com/VDsIiQwPEn
He had strength and charm, which was a great combination. His strong presence allowed him, with ease to command every role he portrayed. Black Christmas, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Tenebrae and countless more...Rip the great John Saxon pic.twitter.com/SbrRGBd4eR— Barbara Crampton (@barbaracrampton) July 26, 2020