'Enter the Dragon' Star John Saxon Dies at 83 of Pneumonia
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The actor who also starred in the very first installment of 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' movie has passed away at the age of 83 following a battle with pneumonia.

AceShowbiz - Actor John Saxon has died aged 83 after a battle with pneumonia.

The New York native, best known for roles in "The Appaloosa", "Enter the Dragon", and the original "A Nightmare on Elm Street" movie, died on Saturday (25Jul20) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, his wife Gloria told The Hollywood Reporter.

After being discovered by the same agent who launched the careers of Rock Hudson and Tab Hunter, Saxon first gained notice for his performance as a disturbed high school football star in "The Unguarded Moment" - for which he was billed as "the exciting new personality John Saxon."

He went on to land roles in big screen flicks including "Cry Tough", "War Hunt", "Joe Kidd", "Blood Beast From Outer Space", and "The Reluctant Debutante", and was also a U.S. TV regular.

Saxon had a recurring role on ABC's "Dynasty" as Rashid Ahmed, a powerful Middle East tycoon who romanced Alexis Colby (Joan Collins), and also appeared on CBS' "Falcon Crest" as the father of Lorenzo Lamas' character.

He was married three times, to screenwriter Mary Ann Murphy, airline attendant turned actress Elizabeth Saxon and, since 2008, cosmetician Gloria Martel.

The star is survived by his son, Antonio, and his sister, Dolores.

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