Birth Date: August 5, 1935
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York
Notable Films: A Nightmare on Elm Street, Enter the Dragon, From Dusk Till Dawn, Black Christmas, Tenebrae
Awards: Golden Globe Award (Most Promising Newcomer | This Happy Feeling)
John Saxon Biography:
Legendary actor John Saxon was born in Brooklyn into an Italian-American family. He attended New Utrecht High School in New York and graduated in 1953. After this, he studied with famous acting coach Stella Adler. One day agent Henry Willson saw Saxon’s picture on the cover of a magazine, and he was offered a contract with Universal Studios. He made his debut on television on the show Medic in 1954, and it was a year and a half at Universal until he made a film appearance.
His first credited role was in the film Running Wild (1955), and he followed that with a performance in The Unguarded Moment (1956). His first leading role was in the film Rock, Pretty Baby (1956), and Saxon played the same role in the sequel Summer Love (1957). He played a leading role in the movie Cry Tough (1959) and appeared in John Huston’s Western The Unforgiven (1960). In 1963, he started his association with Giallo cinema in the film The Girl Who Knew Too Much. He also won a Golden Globe nomination for his role in The Appaloosa (1966) opposite Marlon Brando.
One of Saxon’s most famous roles came in Enter the Dragon (1973), Bruce Lee’s first Hollywood film. He also played the role of a cop in the slasher film Black Christmas (1974). One of his best-known parts came in the slasher-horror classic A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). He has also made appearances on the small screen in shows like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Masters of Horror.