John Saxon, who played Roper in Enter The Dragon, R.I.P at 84

Enter The Dragon ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Bruce Lee’s most famous movie featured Jim Kelly, Jackie Chan and John Saxon as Roper. Saxon’s character actually refused to fight Lee’s when the diabolical Han tried to force combat between the two.

Sadly, Saxon has passed at 84.

In Warner Bros.’ Enter the Dragon (1973), Lee’s first mainstream American movie and last before his death at age 32, Saxon portrayed Roper, a degenerate gambler who participates in a martial arts tournament. In real life, his fighting skills did not approach those possessed by Lee and another co-star, karate champion Jim Kelly.

John Saxon Dead: ‘Enter the Dragon,’ ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ Actor Was 83 | Hollywood Reporter
John Saxon as Roper in Enter The Dragon (1973)

As of this writing, HBO Max currently is streaming Enter The Dragon, but it moves around on services, so search via JustWatch.com to see where it’s streaming.

Saxon also starred as Lt. Don Thompson in Nightmare on Elm Street. His movie acting career spanned from 1954 – 2015. His contract with Universal in 1954 was $150 per week.

He’s one of those actors you’ve likely seen in several movies, often as secondary or non-lead character, but adding just the kind of flavor his roles provided to make the films better. What was your favorite Saxon role?

6 thoughts on “John Saxon, who played Roper in Enter The Dragon, R.I.P at 84

      1. Looking over his TV roles, he was in quite a few well-known shows including The A-Team, Bonanza, Ironside, Magnum P.I, Night Gallery, Kung Fu, Wonder Woman (!), The Six Million Dollar Man, The Rockford Files, Bionic Woman, Starsky & Hutch, Fantasy Island, Hawaii Five-O, Vegas, Dynasty, Murder, She Wrote, Alfred Hitchcock Presents … and more! He definitely was cast a lot.

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