With a career spanning almost 200 film and television credits, you probably know John Saxon
, even if you don't. The native Brooklynite started out studying with Stella Adler
before becoming a Universal contract player in the 1950s. Early on his was cast heartthrob roles and became something of a teen idol, going on to win a Golden Globe for "New Star of The Year." In the 1970s, he would go on to become an industry stalwart and well-respected character actor: playing fathers, policemen, and outlaws for directors from Hollywood to Hong Kong.
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Passing away earlier this week at the age of 83, John Saxon leaves behind a diverse body of work in which he was rarely the star, but always possessed a stolid, cherished screen presence that has endeared him to countless film lovers.