Monday, July 19, 2010

Fan-Boy Icon #20

I have to admit, I find my Fan-Boy Icon entries harder to come up with than the Nerd Girl of Note. However, both revolve around what I am currently into, whether it is from what I am watching or what others are talking about. Today's entry has been getting lots of play at Love Train for the Tenebrous Empire, and I am totally down. So, here is John "Mark of Quality" Saxon. [IMDb]

Saxon is likely known to most of us as the rough and tumble, confidence man Roper in Enter the Dragon (Robert Clouse, 1973). Roper joins the tournament to help settle some gambling debts, and meets up, unexpectedly, with his war buddy Williams (Jim Kelly, Black Bbelt Jones). Roper and Williams start playing the rubes and betting on fights. Unfortunately, both fall to the evil Han.

Of course, there is more to Saxon's career. He has nearly 200 acting credits in film and television, starting in 1954. Not all the titles are great, mind you. There is Blood Beast from Outer Space (1965), Dr. Kildaire (2 episodes, 1966), Bonanza (3 episodes, 1967-1969), Night Gallery (1 episode, 1972), Kung Fu (1 episode, 1972), MST3K favorite Mitchell (1975), Raid on Entebe (1976)... It is quite a list, and I should stop here. However...

A role I completely forgot about, but many of my age group will remember (vaguely perhaps) his role as Major Frederick Sloan/the killer robot from The Six-Million Dollar Man. Sloan was an inventor, and criminals wanted to steal his latest discovery. They build a robot duplicate of Sloan to impersonate him. Steve Austin figures this out and it is bionics versus robotics. Guess who wins.

Well, Saxon is still at it. He is in the upcoming City of Shoulders and Noses, about an Italian heiress and a scultor's son who have stepmother issues. More important is the cast. This just might be the It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World of B-Movie stars. The cast includes Saxon, Robert Carradine (Revenge of the Nerds), Moira Kelly (Billy Bathgate), Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk), Sybil Danning (Reform School Girls), Ruth Buzzi (Laugh In)... Ruth Buzzi and Sybil Danning in the same movie? What planet is this? I don't know about you, but this is on my "must see" list.


Nathan said...

Is he the same John Saxon who played Nancy's father in Nightmare on Elm Street?

Lazarus Lupin said...

Nathan yes he is. The man sure got around.

Lazarus Lupin
Art and Review

Darius Whiteplume said...

He certainly did. He is everywhere, and yet he's always John Saxon.

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