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JOHN GAVIN BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:    

John Gavin was born on April 8th, 1931 in Los Angeles, California with the birth name John Anthony Golenor.  After he graduated from St. John's Military Academy in Los Angeles he went on to enroll at Stanford University earning a BA in Latin American Economic History.  He then joined the United States Navy and served as an air intelligence officer from 1952 through 1955.

He became involved in acting when Universal Pictures offered him a screen test followed by a contract.  His film debut was in 1956 in, "Behind the High Wall" followed by a role in, "A Time to Love and a Time to Die" (1958) and then he was cast as the lead in, "Imitation of Life" (1959) also starring Lana Turner and Sandra Dee.
 
He was already well on his way to stardom with a number of more prominent roles to soon be added to his resume in such films as the Alfred Hitchcock thriller, "Psycho" (1960) starring Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins, "Spartacus" (1960) starring Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Jean Simmons, Claire Bloom and Laurence Olivier among a host of terrific actors, "Back Street" (1961) and "Insight" (1963).
 
In addition to his film roles he also worked on such television series as, "Destry" (1964), "Convoy" (1965), "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" (1963-1965) and "The Virginian" (1964).

In 1971 he was chosen for the James Bond film, "Diamonds Are Forever", however, he never actually played the part but because he was under contract he was still given the full salary.   

About this same time that his professional acting career was at it's all time high, Gavin was also appointed special adviser to the secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS).  He also served on the board of the Screen Actors Guild from 1971 through 1973.

He began to turn his focus more towards politics and his goal of becoming the United States Ambassador to Mexico.  For eight years, Gavin was engaged in various business activities between America and Latin America.

However, he still did not stop acting and worked in a number of films during the 1970's as well as a variety of stage productions.  He added such Broadway credits to his resume as, "Seesaw" (1973) and a number of appearances on such television series as, "The Love Boat", "Doctors' Private Lives", "Mannix", "Medical Center" and "Fantasy Island".
 
John then decided to leave the entertainment industry for good and really focus on his initial life political goals.  In 1981, he was appointed by President Ronald Reagan as Ambassador to Mexico, a position he held up until 1986.  

Gavin then left working as an Ambassador and focused on becoming a businessman and civic leader.  He also became founder and chairman of Gamma Holdings and served on the boards of Apex Mortgage Capital, International Wire Holdings, KKFC, Inc., Dresser Industries, Claxson and pro bono.

John Gavin is currently married to his second wife, Constance Towers whom he wed in 1974.  Prior to this marriage, he was married to Cicely Evans from 1957 through 1965 and together they had two children. He has a total of four children, two from his wife's current relationship and they have three grandchildren.


Filmography

1978-1981  Fantasy Island 

1980   Hart to Hart

1980   Sophia Loren: Her Own Story 

1979   Doctors' Private Lives

1978   The New Adventures of Heidi

1978   Flying High

1978   Jennifer 

1978   Doctors' Private Lives 

1977   The Love Boat

1976   Medical Center 

1976   La casa de las sombras

1975   The Lives of Jenny Dolan

1974   Wide World Mystery

1973   Keep It in the Family 

1973   Mannix

1973   Nefertiti y Aquenatos

1971   The Doris Day Show

1970   Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You 

1970   Cutter's Trail 

1969   The Madwoman of Chaillot 

1968   OSS 117 - Double Agent 

1967   Thoroughly Modern Millie

1967   Pedro P├íramo 

1965   Convoy

1963-1965  The Alfred Hitchcock Hour 

1964   Kraft Suspense Theatre 

1964   The Virginian

1964   Destry 

1963   Insight 

1962   Alcoa Premiere 

1961   Back Street

1961   Tammy Tell Me True

1961   Romanoff and Juliet 

1960   Midnight Lace 

1960   Spartacus

1960   Psycho 

1960   A Breath of Scandal 

1959   Imitation of Life

1958   A Time to Love and a Time to Die

1957   Quantez 

1957   Four Girls in Town

1956   Behind the High Wall

1956   Raw Edge





Matinee Classics - Spartacus starring Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, John Gavin, Tony Curtis, Nina Foch, John Ireland, Herbert Lom, Charles McGraw, Harold J. Stone, Woody Strode, and Robert J. Wilke
Matinee Classics - Psycho starring Anthony Perkins,Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam, Simon Oakland, John McIntyre, Lurene Tuttle, Vaughn Taylor, Frank Albertson, Patricia Hitchcock, John Anderson, Mort Mills, Virginia Gregg, Jeanette Nolan, and Paul Jasmin
Matinee Classics - Psycho starring Anthony Perkins,Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam, Simon Oakland, John McIntyre, Lurene Tuttle, Vaughn Taylor, Frank Albertson, Patricia Hitchcock, John Anderson, Mort Mills, Virginia Gregg, Jeanette Nolan, and Paul Jasmin
Matinee Classics - Psycho starring Anthony Perkins,Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam, Simon Oakland, John McIntyre, Lurene Tuttle, Vaughn Taylor, Frank Albertson, Patricia Hitchcock, John Anderson, Mort Mills, Virginia Gregg, Jeanette Nolan, and Paul Jasmin
Matinee Classics - Psycho starring Anthony Perkins,Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam, Simon Oakland, John McIntyre, Lurene Tuttle, Vaughn Taylor, Frank Albertson, Patricia Hitchcock, John Anderson, Mort Mills, Virginia Gregg, Jeanette Nolan, and Paul Jasmin
Matinee Classics - Spartacus starring Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, John Gavin, Tony Curtis, Nina Foch, John Ireland, Herbert Lom, John Dall, Charles McGraw, Joanna Barnes, Harold J. Stone, Woody Strode, Peter Brocco, Paul Lambert, Robert J. Wilke, Nicholas Dennis, John Hoyt, Frederic Worlock, Saul Gorss and Charles Horvath
Matinee Classics - Spartacus starring Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, John Gavin, Tony Curtis, Nina Foch, John Ireland, Herbert Lom, John Dall, Charles McGraw, Joanna Barnes, Harold J. Stone, Woody Strode, Peter Brocco, Paul Lambert, Robert J. Wilke, Nicholas Dennis, John Hoyt, Frederic Worlock, Saul Gorss and Charles Horvath
Matinee Classics - Spartacus starring Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, John Gavin, Tony Curtis, Nina Foch, John Ireland, Herbert Lom, John Dall, Charles McGraw, Joanna Barnes, Harold J. Stone, Woody Strode, Peter Brocco, Paul Lambert, Robert J. Wilke, Nicholas Dennis, John Hoyt, Frederic Worlock, Saul Gorss and Charles Horvath


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