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John Saxon

John Saxon was an Italian American actor and martial artist. Likewise, John Saxon had appeared in more than 200 projects in 60 years of his acting career.

Early Life and Childhood

John Saxon was born Carmine Orrico was born on 5th August 1936. His zodiac sign was Leo. Likewise, John was born in Brooklyn, New York, United States of America, and was an American national. Similarly, talking about his religion and ethnicity, John followed Christianity and was an Italian American.  Regarding his family members, John was born to Antonio Orrico, a dock worker, and Anna (nee Protettore). Both of them were immigrants from Italy. However, there is no information about his siblings.

Moreover, talking about his educational background, John did his schooling at New Utrecht High School. He completed his graduation in 1953; however, there is no information about the educational institution. Moreover, John studied acting with the famous acting coach Stella Adler.


On 25th July 2020, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, John’s cause of death was late-stage Alzheimer’s.  Likewise, he was at the age of 83.

John Saxon – Career and Professional Life

John started his career in acting in the mid-1950s, playing teenage roles. One day, an agent named Henry Wilson saw John’s picture on a magazine cover where Saxon posed as a Puerto Rican guy. The agent immediately contacted him, and also gave him the stage name ‘John Saxon’. Likewise, John signed with Universal Studios in 1954 which became the starting point of his career. Saxon played the lead role in Rock, Pretty Baby a low-budget movie that achieved huge success.

Similarly, he played the role of youth in the movie The Unguarded Moment, opposite Esther Williams. Additionally, John has also appeared in popular Hollywood movies including This Happy Feeling, Summer Love, Cry Tough, and Restless Years. In 1996, he played in the movie Dusk Till Dawn, opposite George Clooney. Moreover, in 1973, John played in the movie Enter the Dragon, where he played a gambler competing in a martial arts tournament. This film gave him a chance to hone his skills in martial arts. Likewise, it was Bruce Lee’s first starring role in Hollywood. Saxon has a black belt in karate and is proficient in Judo.

Furthermore, John has appeared in several movies and television series including The Virginian, The Intruders, The Sixth Sense, The Bees, and The Rookies. Likewise, he played in the horror film of Dario Argento called Tenebrae. John also appeared as Stricher in the horror film Spring Break. Furthermore, he starred as Lt. Donald Thompson in the horror movie A Nightmare on Elm Street. He did not endorse any brands.

John Saxon

Caption: Picture of John with Bruce Lee. Source: Pinterest

In 60 years of an acting career, Saxon has worked on more than 200 projects. Likewise, John’s film was Bring Me The Head of Lance Henriksen, which as of his death was in post-production.

Net Worth and Achievements

Talking about his net worth and earnings, John was an actor and a martial artist. Likewise, he had an estimated net worth of $1.5 million.

Talking about his achievements, John Saxon won Method Fest Best Supporting Actor in 2008 and the Western Heritage Awards. Likewise, in 1967 he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for the movie The Appaloosa.  Additionally, John had another Golden Globe nomination for the Most Promising Newcomer-Male in the movie This Happy Feeling. Moreover, John won the Action On Film International Film Festival for Best Supporting Actor for the movie The Craving Heart in 2006.

John Saxon – Relationship Status

Regarding his relationship status, John Saxon was straight and in a marital relationship with Gloria Martel at the time of his death. John married Gloria on 29th August 2008. However, John was married twice before his relationship with Gloria. Likewise, John was first married to screenwriter Mary Ann Saxon on 14th January 1967. The couple welcomed a son, named Antonio Saxon. They separated and got divorced on 27th December 1979. Similarly, on 14th June 1987, he married Elizabeth Saxon but divorced on 12th September 1992.

Moreover, John was in a relationship with American actress Luana Patten in 1958. They got separated in a few months. Likewise, he got into a relationship with Argentinean actress Linda Cristal in April 1958. John was also in a relationship with American actress Margo Moore in January 1961. However, they eventually separated in May 1961.

John Saxon – Body Measurement

John Saxon was 5 feet 10 inches (70 inches) tall and weighed 75kg (165lbs). Likewise, his vital stats are 40-36-38. John wore a shoe size of 8.5(US). Similarly, talking about his physical appearance, John has a pair of black eyes and grayish-white hair.

John Saxon

Caption: Young John posing for a picture. Source: Superstars bio

Social Media

Reflecting upon his social media presence, John Saxon was not active on social media accounts like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.