John Gavin

Executive, Actor
A stunningly handsome leading man, John Gavin portrayed Janet Leigh's boyfriend in "Psycho" and Julius Caesar in Stanley Kubrick's "Spartacus", and fell into Reagan-era Republican politics in real life. Gavin was first ... Read more »
Born: 04/08/1931 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (21)

Felony 1995 (Movie)

Extra (Actor)

From Here to Eternity 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Doctors' Private Lives 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Jennifer 1978 (Movie)

Senator Tremayne (Actor)

Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You 1969 (Movie)

Charlie Harrison (Actor)

The Madwoman of Chaillot 1969 (Movie)

The Reverend (Actor)

Thoroughly Modern Millie 1967 (Movie)

Trevor Graydon (Actor)

Back Street 1961 (Movie)

Paul Saxon (Actor)

Romanoff and Juliet 1961 (Movie)

Igor Romanoff (Actor)

A Breath of Scandal 1960 (Movie)

Charlie Foster (Actor)

Midnight Lace 1960 (Movie)

Brian Younger (Actor)

Psycho 1960 (Movie)

Sam Loomis (Actor)

Spartacus 1960 (Movie)

Julius Caesar (Actor)

Tammy Tell Me True 1960 (Movie)

Tom Freeman (Actor)

Imitation of Life 1959 (Movie)

Steve Archer (Actor)

A Time to Love and a Time to Die 1958 (Movie)

Ernst Graeber (Actor)

Quantez 1957 (Movie)

Teach (Actor)

Cutter's Trail (TV Show)

Actor

Doctors' Private Lives (TV Show)

Actor

Sophia Loren: Her Own Story (TV Show)

Actor

The New Adventures of Heidi (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A stunningly handsome leading man, John Gavin portrayed Janet Leigh's boyfriend in "Psycho" and Julius Caesar in Stanley Kubrick's "Spartacus", and fell into Reagan-era Republican politics in real life. Gavin was first contracted by Universal Studios, who fancied him their next major leading man. He was soon cast in the lead in Douglas Sirk's melodrama "A Time to Love and a Time to Die" and his masterpiece "Imitation of Life". These were followed up by Gavin's roles in "Psycho" and "Spartacus". Afterwards, his screen career seemed to stall, and he moved to television with the title role on the Western lawman series "Destry" and the part of Commander Dan Talbot on the World War II series "Convoy". After a role in the screen version of the musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and a part as the lead spy in the French James Bond-style spy flick "OSS 117 - Double Agent", Gavin saw his career slowly burn out, with occasional TV work throughout the 1970s. Nevertheless, the well-connected Californian, who had been President of the Screen Actors Guild, was swiftly appointed United States Ambassador to Mexico in 1981 by President Ronald Reagan. Retired from acting, Gavin served as Ambassador for five years.

Relationships

Constance Towers

Wife

Milestones

1973

Broadway actor in the production "Seesaw"

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