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      John Gavin

      John Gavin

      Highest Rated: 97% Psycho (1960)

      Lowest Rated: 11% The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969)

      Birthday: Apr 8, 1931

      Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

      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. His final big-screen performance came in the Mel Brooks comedy "History of the World, Part 1" (1981). The well-connected Californian, who had been President of the Screen Actors Guild, was appointed United States Ambassador to Mexico in 1981 by President Ronald Reagan. Retired from acting, Gavin served as Ambassador for five years and spent the remainder of his career in the business sector. John Gavin died of complcations from pneumonia on February 9, 2018 at the age of 86.

      Highest rated movies

      Psycho Spartacus Thoroughly Modern Millie
      Midnight Lace
      Imitation of Life
      A Time to Love and a Time to Die
      The Madwoman of Chaillot

      Photos

      IMITATION OF LIFE, John Gavin, 1959 IMITATION OF LIFE, Lana Turner, John Gavin, 1959 A TIME TO LOVE AND A TIME TO DIE, John Gavin, 1958 BACK STREET, John Gavin, Susan Hayward, 1961 PSYCHO, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Janet Leigh, 1960 PSYCHO, (top) Vera Miles, Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, (bottom) Anthony Perkins, John Gavin, 1960 A TIME TO LOVE AND A TIME TO DIE, John Gavin, 1958 MIDNIGHT LACE, Myrna Loy, Doris Day, John Gavin, 1960 PSYCHO, Janet Leigh, John Gavin, 1960 BACK STREET, from left: Susan Hayward, John Gavin, 1961 BACK STREET, John Gavin, Vera Miles, 1961 BACK STREET, from left, John Gavin, Susan Hayward, 1961 MIDNIGHT LACE, Doris Day, John Gavin, 1960 IMITATION OF LIFE, from left: John Gavin, Lana Turner, 1959 ROMANOFF AND JULIET, director Peter Ustinov, John Gavin, on-set, 1961 MIDNIGHT LACE, Doris Day, John Gavin, 1960 A TIME TO LOVE AND A TIME TO DIE, Lilo Pulver, John Gavin, 1958 THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT, Oscar Homolka, Nanette Newman, Donald Pleasence, Charles Boyer, Paul Henreid, John Gavin, Yul Brynner, Danny Kaye (horizontal), Katharine Hepburn, Giulietta Masina, Margaret Leighton, Edith Evans, Claude Dauphin, Richard Chamberla IMITATION OF LIFE, John Gavin, Lana Turner, 1959 A TIME TO LOVE AND A TIME TO DIE, John Gavin, Lilo Pulver, 1958

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Silent but Deadly Unknown (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet 88% Sophia Loren: Her Own Story Cary Grant (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet House of Shadows Roland Stewart (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet 25% The New Adventures of Heidi Dan Wyler (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Doctors' Private Lives Dr. Jeffrey Latimer (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Love Brats Roy McDonald (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Keep It in the Family Roy McDonald (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You Charlie Harrison (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cutter's Trail Ben Cutter (Character) - 1970
      11% 48% The Madwoman of Chaillot The Reverend (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet OSS 117 Murder for Sale Unknown (Character) - 1968
      86% 81% Thoroughly Modern Millie Trevor Graydon (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pedro Páramo Pedro Páramo (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet O.S.S. 117 Double Agent Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath/OSS 117 (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Romanoff and Juliet Igor Romanoff (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet 69% Back Street Paul Saxon (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet 75% Tammy Tell Me True Thomas "Tom" Freeman (Character) - 1961
      86% 73% Midnight Lace Brian Younger (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet 30% A Breath of Scandal Charlie Foster (Character) - 1960
      97% 95% Psycho Sam Loomis (Character) - 1960
      94% 87% Spartacus Caius Julius Caesar (Character) $1.7M 1960
      82% 91% Imitation of Life Steve Archer (Character) - 1959
      80% 75% A Time to Love and a Time to Die Ernst Graeber (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Quantez Teach (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Four Girls in Town Tom Grant (Character) - 1956

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1978 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart Unknown (Guest Star) 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1971 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Arthur Danford (Guest Star) 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doris Day Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1963 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Virginian Charles Boulanger/Baker (Guest Star) 1964