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 Rock, Pretty 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-Team, Wonder Woman, Dynasty 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.