John Gavin

John Gavin

Highest Rated: 96% Psycho (1960)

Lowest Rated: 20% 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

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Silent but Deadly Unknown (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 86% 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
20% 49% The Madwoman of Chaillot The Reverend (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet OSS 117 Murder for Sale Unknown (Character) - 1968
83% 81% Thoroughly Modern Millie Trevor Graydon (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 Pedro Páramo Pedro Páramo (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Romanoff and Juliet Igor Romanoff (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 70% Back Street Paul Saxon (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 74% Tammy Tell Me True Thomas "Tom" Freeman (Character) - 1961
83% 74% Midnight Lace Brian Younger (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 31% A Breath of Scandal Charlie Foster (Character) - 1960
96% 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