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John Saxon and Debbie Reynolds Promote Comedy ‘This Happy Feeling,’ 1957

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John Saxon and Debbie Reynolds Promote Comedy ‘This Happy Feeling,’ 1957

The film world mourns the loss of prolific actor John Saxon.

Olivia de Havilland is not the only celeb the world of cinema lost last week. On Saturday, American actor John Saxon died of pneumonia at the age of 83. Saxon was seemingly inexhaustible. The Brooklyn native appeared in nearly 200 roles over his over 50-year career, both in film and television.  He is most known for his work in Westerns and horror films, including 1966’s “Appaloosa” and Wes Craven’s “A Nightmare on Elm Street.”

John Saxon entered the film industry when he was 17 years old. He made his film debut in the 1955 crime drama “Running Wild.” Saxon’s breakout role came a year later when he starred as teen heartthrob Jimmy Daley in comedy musical “Rock, Pretty Baby.” Flash forward 10 years and Saxon had earned a Golden Globe nomination for his performance as bandit Chuy Medina in “Appaloosa.”

Saxon’s resume grew as he took on a plethora of roles. The actor, who had proficient experience in martial arts, played an unscrupulous fighter alongside Bruce Lee in “Enter the Dragon.” Saxon’s physicality continued to serve him well. He played lieutenants in classic horror films “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Black Christmas,” and went on to portray agents, colonels, and captains for the duration of his career.  

In the photo above, John Saxon and actress Debbie Reynolds pose to promote their 1958 comedy “This Happy Feeling.” Reynolds, the mother of “Star Wars” legend Carrie Fisher, is most known for her role in Gene Kelly’s “Singin’ in the Rain.” Her and Saxon play romantic interests in “This Happy Feeling.”

“Gremlins” director pays his respects to Saxon

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