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John Saxon (born Carmine Orrico; August 5, 1936July 25, 2020) was an American film and television actor who worked on more than 200 projects during a span of 60 years. He was known for his work in Westerns and horror films, often playing police officers and detectives.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Saxon studied acting with Stella Adler before beginning his career as a contract actor for Universal Pictures, appearing in such films as Rock, Pretty Baby (1956) and Portrait in Black (1961), which earned him a reputation as a teen idol and won him a Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor. During the 1970s and 1980s, he established himself as a character actor, frequently portraying law enforcement officials in horror films such as Black Christmas (1974), Dario Argento's Tenebre (1982), and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).

In the 1990s, Saxon occasionally appeared in films, with a small meta role in Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994) and a role in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996).

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