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|Saxon in 1975|
(1935-08-05) August 5, 1935
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
|Profession(s)||Film, television actor|
|Wife/Husband||Mary Ann Saxon (1967-1979) (divorced) (1 child)
Elizabeth Saxon (1987-1992) (divorced)
Gloria Martel (2008-present)
John Saxon , real name Carmine Orrico (Brooklyn, New York, August 5, 1936) is an American writer, director and actor whose main contributions to the cinema of the horror genre are embodied in films from the seventies and eighties.
John Saxon was born as Carmine Orrico in Brooklyn, New York. He was the son of a marriage of immigrants of Italian roots: his father was Antonio Orrico, a port worker, and his mother Anne Protettore. He grew up in the difficult environments of lower Brooklyn in a neighborhood of immigrants of that nationality.
At the age of 16 he had his stroke of luck when he was “discovered” by a Hollywood talent-seeking agent who was looking for an attractive male figure. The agent, surnamed Wilson, saw the giftedness of Carmine Orrico in a magazine and decided to end his search by contacting Carmine and offering him a career as an actor, for which he changed his name to John Saxon . Saxon then studied at the Actor’s Studio under the tutelage of Stella Adler, and his career began in 1959.
In this way, John Saxon had the opportunity to work with renowned directors such as Blake Edwards, John Huston or Vincente Minnelli and he played roles in films of the Spaghetti type playing Latin characters.
In 1967 he appeared in an episode (No. 26) of the series The Tunnel of Time and in the film Joe Kidd, starring Clint Eastwood, in which he masterfully plays a Mexican called Luis Chama. That same year he appeared in an episode of the Bonanza cult series.
He was considered the clone of Marlon Brando due to his excellent looks; but his Latin origins prevented him from reaching stardom due to the xenophobia of the Hollywood medium of his time.
He worked in several films, some of dubious script quality. He worked in TV series roles such as the role of Dr. Ted Stuart in the Bold One series of NBC Television between 1969 and 1972. John Saxon was attracted to martial arts studying Karate, a discipline in which he obtained a black belt .
In 1973 he appears in a leading role in the film Enter the Dragon, along with the legendary Bruce Lee, where he plays with strength a leading martial artist who, to settle some debts with the mafia, decides to accept an invitation to participate in a tournament of a Chinese mobster on an island and for this he is allied with African-American Williams (Jim Kelly)). This film attracted him a lot of popularity and he had many fans.
In 1979, and already showing an incipient baldness, he acts with Robert Redford and Jane Fonda in The Electric Horseman.
In 1982 he appeared in the horror film of Dario Argento called Tenebrae and, always in the same genre, he appeared as Stricher in the horror film Spring Break.
From 1981 to 1988 he participates in numerous seasons of the series Falcon Crest, playing Tony Cumson, father of the character Lance Cunsom , to whom Lorenzo Lamas gave life.
In 1984 he plays himself in one of the films in the Freddy Krueger saga: A Nightmare on Elm Street.
John Saxon Net Worth – $1.5 Million
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