John Gavin Dies: ‘Psycho’ & ‘Spartacus’ Actor Was 86

Deadline | 2/9/2018 | Denise Petski
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Actor John Gavin, who starred in Psycho, Spartacus and Imitation Of Life, and served as President Ronald Reagan’s U.S. Ambassador to Mexico in the 1980s, died Friday. He was 86.

Gavin’s longtime friend William Friedkin confirmed Gavin’s passing in a tweet.

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Gavin, who also served as President of the Screen Actors Guild in the early 1970s, began his decades-long career on contract at Universal Pictures where he first appeared in films Behind the High Wall, Four Girls in Town, and Quantez.

His big break came with a lead role in Universal’s 1958 film in A Time to Love and a Time to Die from the novel by Erich Maria Remarque. He was next cast in another important role, supporting Lana Turner in 1959’s Imitation of Life.

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From there he went on to memorable performances in the epic Spartacus directed by Stanley Kubrick in a key supporting role as Julius Caesar. He was then cast in the classic thriller Psycho (1960) for director Alfred Hitchcock. He was later quoted as saying he was “terribly disturbed” by the sex and violence in Psycho and felt “I think Hitch really...
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