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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Remembering John Gavin 1931 - 2018

Actor John Gavin, who died Friday at age 86, won a 1959 Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Male Newcomer for his performance in the 1958 film, A Time to Love and a Time to Die. Other film credits include Imitation of Life (1959), Psycho (1960), Spartacus (1960), Midnight Lace (1960), Tammy Tell Me True (1961), Back Street (1961), Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969), Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You (1970) and Jennifer (1978). He also almost played James Bond in 1971's Diamonds Are Forever, but instead Sean Connery returned to the role.

Gavin's television credits include the 1964 ABC Western series, Destry, the 1965 NBC series, Convoy, the 1979 ABC series, Doctors' Private Lives, and the 1980 NBC movie, Sophia Loren: Her Own Story (as Cary Grant). In 1973, he appeared on Broadway in the musical, Seesaw, and he and Lucie Arnaz then starred in the 1974 national tour of the show.

Gavin was President of the Screen Actors Guild (1971-73) and the United States Ambassador to Mexico (1981-86). And he was married to actress Constance Towers from 1974 until his death.

Below you can watch him in two scenes from Psycho and in a 1968 interview when he and Edward Everett Horton starred in the Kenley Players summer stock production of The Fantasticks in Dayton, Ohio.

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