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What happened to actor John Saxon? His Bio and Death Rumors and Real Name

Born Carmine Orrico on 5 August 1935, in Brooklyn, New York City, USA, which means that his nationality is American, his zodiac sign is Leo and he is 83 years old, as John Saxon he is widely known as the actor who worked on projects such as “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, “Enter the Dragon” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors”. In addition, John is known as a martial artist. There were certain rumors regarding John’s death, however the rumors luckily turned out to be fake.

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Net Worth

So just how rich is John Saxon as of mid-2018? According to authoritative sources, this actor has a net worth of $1.5 million, accumulated from his career in the previously mentioned field. He hasn’t disclosed any information regarding assets such as houses and cars, but working hard for more than six decades has allowed him to be stable financially and take care of his family.

Early Life, Ethnicity and Height

When it comes to John’s ethnicity, he was born into a family of Italian and American descent; his ethnicity is Caucasian, he is 5ft 10ins tall (179 cm), and had dark hair back in the day. Speaking about John’s education, he was a student of New Utrecht High School and having matriculated in 1953, he studied acting coached by Stella Adler. As of 1954, he signed his first deal with Universal Studios and reportedly earned $150 a week.

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Kids and Wives

John tries to keep his private life behind closed doors, and isn’t keen on sharing too much with the media. When it comes to his relationship status and dating history, the actor has been married three times. He married his first wife, Mary Ann Saxon in 1967 and they remained married for another 13 years. After that, John married Elizabeth Saxon in 1987, but their relationship fell through as well and they divorced five years later. In 2008, he finally married Gloria Martel Saxon, his fellow actress, best known for working on projects such as “Bring Me the Head of Lance Henriksen”. The actor has one child, a son named Antonio Saxon, born in his marriage to Mary Ann – Antonio worked briefly as an actor in 1994, portraying Jim in “Killing Obsession”.

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John made his acting debut with a small role in “It Should Happen to You” in 1954, and followed by working on projects such as “A Star Is Born” and “Running Wild” in the upcoming period. Continuing to work at a rapid pace, the actor landed the role of David Parkson in “The Reluctant Debutante”, a comedy romance movie opposite actors such as Rex Harrison, Kay Kendall and Sandra Dee. As of the early ‘60s, the actor, who was established in the business at that time, worked on prominent projects such as “Evil Eye” and “The Cardinal”, with the latter being nominated for six Oscars.

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Late 60s and Further Career

As of 1967, Saxon played one of the main characters in “Winchester 73”, the western movie and the remake of James Stewart’s movie of the same title. In 1973 John appeared in “Enter the Dragon”, opposite Bruce Lee and Jim Kelly in the critically acclaimed movie which follows the story of a martial artist who begins working as a spy. In 1984, the actor played Lt. Thompson in the acclaimed horror movie “A Nightmare On Elm Street”, which is still considered to be one of the best and most successful horror movies in cinematic history. Three years later, John played the same role in the sequel “A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors”. As of 1994, he made an appearance in “New Nightmare”, which follows the story of the evil force that was released when the movie was made, and how it used the movies to enter the real world.

Latest Projects

When it comes to Saxon’s latest projects, he appeared as Chiledu in “Genghis Khan: The Story of a Lifetime” in 2010, and in 2015 portrayed George Dentro in “The Dentros”. Having finished with that, he joined the cast of “The Extra”, and he is currently working on “After the Thunderstorm”. Overall, the actor has had almost 200 acting gigs, which has allowed him to make a name for himself in the business. As the result of his hard work, John has been rewarded with a Golden Globe award, and has been nominated for numerous other awards.

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TV Appearances

Being a prominent actor, John naturally appears in TV shows too – in 1961 he appeared in “Here’s Hollywood”, and three years later the audience was able to see him in “Stella Adler and the Actor”. As of 1968, John worked on “Western, Italian Style”, a short documentary movie about the Spaghetti Western genre. In 2005, he was a guest star in “Larry King Live”, the news talk-show hosted by Larry King. Overall, Saxon has made more than 40 appearances of this kind.

Social Media

Unfortunately, the actor isn’t active on any social media, which makes it harder for his fans to communicate with him. However, there are still plenty of fan pages dedicated to him, and many people often tweet about him and his acting skills. One person jokingly tweeted “Sometimes I forget that Italian Schlock staple John Saxon (you know him as Nancy’s Dad in the Nightmare on Elm St movies) was weirdly a teen idol in the 1950s”.


  1. You posted a picture of a young man with red hair, pimples and distorted features but never showed what he looked like now! A smack of switch and hate along with fake journalism! It’s not the first time this has happened! I scrolled through all of your “ then and nows” and he wasn’t there! You also posted people that are already dead!

  2. Mrs Swarbrick Reply

    John Saxon I have loved him for 61 years I have had some lovely letters from him but can not tell him that I am still here as a loving fan from all those years ago as when I first saw him but have no address to write to him but if by any chance John you are seeing this then I have not moved since you first wrote to me and maybe you could find the time to write thank you.

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