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John Gavin


Born - 8 April 1931, Los Angeles, California, USA
Died - 9 February 2018

Tall, handsome, dark-haired, strongly built American star in leading roles in the 1950s and 1960s, but perhaps too immobile for a sustained star career. He quit acting in 1981 to become US Ambassador to Mexico from 1981 to 1986 and later went into business. Born Juan Apablasa of Chilean parentage (later changed to John 'Jack' Golenor after his stepfather), he won a contract with Universal-International in the mid 1950s and made his debut in Raw Edge (1956) under the name of John Gilmore. As John Gavin, he was seen in Four Girls in Town (1957), A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958), Imitation of Life (1959), Spartacus (1960), Psycho (1960), Midnight Lace (1960), Romanoff and Juliet (1961), Back Street (1961), Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969), Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You (1970), Keep It in the Family (1973), House of Shadows (1976) and Jennifer (1978), his last, although he continued appearing on TV until 1981. His second wife, actress Constance Towers, whom he married in 1974, survives him, along with their four children. A one-time president of the Screen Actors' Guild, he just missed out on playing James Bond in Diamonds Are Forever (1971), after Sean Connery made a late decision to return to the role. He died from pneumonia after a long battle with leukemia.