John Saxon has appeared in nearly 200 roles in the movies and on television in a more-than half-century-long career that has stretched over seven decades since he made his big screen debut in 1954 in uncredited bit parts in It Should Happen to You (1954) and George Cukor’s A Star Is Born (1954). Born Carmine Orrico on August 5, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Italian immigrants Antonio Orrico and Anna (née Protettore), he studied acting with Stella Adler after graduating from New Utrecht High School.
He was discovered by talent agent Henry Willson, the man most famous for creating and representing Rock Hudson (as well as a stable of “beef cake” male stars and starlets), who signed him up after he saw Saxon’s picture on the cover of a magazine. Willson brought the 16-year-old to Southern California, changed his name to John Saxon, and launched his career.
Saxon made his TV debut on Richard Boone’ series “Medic” (1954) in 1955 and got his first substantial (and credited… read more