The Week in Horror: Farewell John Saxon

John Saxon did it all – movies and TV, comedies, dramas, westerns, but most importantly horror. He worked with some of the greats, including Mario Bava, Dario Argento, and Wes Craven. Saxon had an everyman quality and elevated what ever movie he was in. He was one one of those “oh cool, he’s in this?” kind of actors. And now he’s gone at 83. John Saxon died Saturday of pneumonia, in his home of Murfeesboro, Tennessee.

Saxon may be best known as Lt. Thompson, father of Nancy Thompson in Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street. The film was a huge hit and spawned several sequels and Saxon came back for two of them The Dream Warriors and New Nightmare, in the latter playing himself.

To me, he was sort of a nice guy version of Michael Ironside. Ironside could really play a prick and you loved to hate, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen Saxon be unlikable. Hell, he was charming even while gaslighting poor Leticia Roman in 1963’s The Evil Eye. He was a true, old school actor and was still working even this year on a film in production called After The Thunderstorm.

Thank you for all the great films, Mr Saxon. Rest easy.

Check out John Saxon being a smooth bad ass in Enter the Dragon

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