As Saxon aged, he transitioned into a personality actor, working throughout Europe within the '60s, together with roles in Mario Bava's seminal giallo "The Lady Who Knew Too A lot", and different movies shot in Italy, the Philippines and Britain.
He was always seen playing the role of a police officer and a detective in these movies.
John was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1935 and began acting as a young teenager, making the acting debut in the 1954 Judy Holliday It Should Happen to You, in an uncredited role.
In Warner Bros.' Enter the Dragon (1973), Lee's first mainstream American movie and last before his death at age 32, Saxon portrayed Roper, a degenerate gambler who participates in a martial arts tournament. The agent, surnamed Wilson, saw Carmine Orrico's gifted good looks in a magazine and made a decision to end his search by contacting Carmine and offering him an acting career, for which he changed his name to John Saxon. John was also proficient in judo and karate. Saxon is especially remembered for his horror film roles in three A nightmare on Elm Street- and Black Christmas the film.
American artist and martial arts actor John Saxon has passed away. Saxon's looks gave him the opportunity to play a range of ethnicities onscreen, ranging from a Mexican bandit in 1966's Appaloosa (which earned him a Golden Globe) to a Middle Eastern tycoon in the original Dynasty TV series. From there he jumped to acting roles in films as diverse as The Unguarded Moment (1956), Cry Tough (1959), Joe Kidd (1972) and Beverly Hills Cop III (1994).
He was married three times over his lifetime with marriages to screenwriter Mary Ann Murphy between 1967 and 1979, airline attendant and actress Elizabeth Saxon between 1987 and 1992 and, since 2008, cosmetician Gloria Martel.
Saxon is also survived by son, Antonio, and daughter, Dolores.