This guy was in everything in the ’70s and well into the ’80s. He was in Mitchell with Joe Don Baker, for cryin’ out loud. But he was also the second iteration of Dylan Hunt in Gene Roddenberry’s “PAX” TV movies of the early ’70s, and could’ve been the series lead if either “Planet Earth” or “Strange New World” had sold. [LINK]
…oh yeah. Him. That guy.
Saxon died of pneumonia in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, his wife, Gloria, told The Hollywood Reporter.
An Italian-American from Brooklyn, Saxon played characters of various ethnicities during his long career.
His portrayal of a brutal Mexican bandit opposite Marlon Brando in The Appaloosa (1966) earned him a Golden Globe, and he had a recurring role on ABC’s Dynasty as Rashid Ahmed, a powerful Middle East tycoon who romanced Alexis Colby (Joan Collins). And on another 1980s primetime soap, CBS’ Falcon Crest, he played the father of Lorenzo Lamas’ character.
Years earlier, Saxon starred from 1969-72 as the surgeon Theodore Stuart on “The New Doctors” rotating segment of the NBC drama series The Bold Ones.