John Saxon Of ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’ Fame Passes Away

John Saxon–an integral part of the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise–has passed away at age 83. The cause of death was a bout of pneumonia, according to his wife Gloria.

The Golden Globe Award-winning actor–who worked on more than 200 projects over his 60-year career–appeared in three installments of the classic Wes Craven horror series, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

Saxon–who played Police Officer Donald Thompson in the first and third A Nightmare on Elm Street films–also wrote a treatment for How the Nightmare on Elm Street All Began, which was earmarked as a prequel to the original movie. The treatment never made it to the big screen, but it may still be used in the future.

Saxon’s Elm Street character finally was killed by Freddy Krueger’s skeleton, but that demise didn’t end the saga of P.O. Thompson. Saxon reprised the character one more time–in 1994’s New Nightmare–playing a version of the police officer and himself.

Saxon began his career as a teen idol back in the 1950s, starring in such movies as RockPretty Baby. Those roles led him to acting opposite Marlon Brando in 1966’s The Appaloosa and trading martial arts moves with Bruce Lee in 1973’s Enter the Dragon.

Saxon also had supporting roles on the small screen, appearing in episodes of The A-TeamWonder WomanDynasty and Falcon Crest. His last role was in the 2015 movie The Extra.

Saxon is survived by his wife Gloria, his sons Antonio and Lance, his grandson Mitchell, his great-grandson John and his sister Dolores.

The staff of Horror News Network extends its condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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