John Gavin, An Iconic Actor From Psycho And Spartacus, Has Died At 86
On Friday, February 9, a famous Hollywood actor, John Gavin, passed away in Beverly Hills, California, at the age of 86. This iconic man was best known for his role in the Alfred Hitchcock’s cult film Psycho. But what else do we know about him?
How it all began
Gavin was born on April 8, 1931, in Los Angeles. Before pursuing acting career, he studied at the military academy. The star even took part in the Korean War where he served as an air reconnaissance officer. After it, a family friend wanted to make a film about John’s aircraft career. This was exactly how his acting began.
What are his best roles?
In the mid-50's, Gavin began starring in movies. Fame came to him in 1958 after the release of the film A Time to Love and a Time to Die based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque. The actor is also famous for no less prominent roles in some of the classics of the world cinema – Imitation of Life, Spartacus, and Psycho.
What about his life besides acting?
Though the star was best known as a mid-century heartthrob, he also served as the president of the Screen Actors Guild. Under Ronald Reagan, John was sent as an American ambassador to Mexico (the actor was fluent in Spanish!).
The Psycho star was married twice. He divorced his first wife, Cicely Evans, after eight years of marriage in 1965. In 1974, Gavin tied the knot with another actress, Constance Towers, with whom he lived happily until his death.
Upon getting to know the sad news, celebrities as well as common people rushed to Twitter and other social media to express condolences and pay tribute to the actor.
A sad day, my great friend John Gavin died
This morning. One of the finest men I knew
And like a brother to me. May he Rest In Peace
— William Friedkin (@WilliamFriedkin) February 9, 2018
RIP John Gavin, 86
Such an important character in Hitchcock's PSYCHO (1960).
His heavy debt, as the hardware store owner, sets the whole film in motion.
He later his the private investigator Arbogast, and then sets out to find the truth himself, with Vera Miles. pic.twitter.com/LuSLzwlE14
— Rhett Bartlett (@dialmformovies) February 9, 2018
A SAD PASSING - Actor John Gavin, who had roles in films including "Psycho," "Spartacus" and "Imitation of Life" died today at the age of 86. Also former SAG Pres. and US Ambassador to Mexico under Pres. Reagan. Gavin was married to actress Constance Towers. May he R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/RbvR5hGKTB
— George Pennacchio (@abc7george) February 10, 2018
Among the many losses this week in the industry. One that might have gone unnoticed was John Gavin. He was one of the last living cast members of the film IMITATION OF LIFE. If you saw either of the two versions its fair to say you are a fan. R.I.P. JOHN GAVIN #ImitationofLife
— Mike Colter (@realmikecolter) February 11, 2018
John Gavin (1931-2018) while publicizing “Psycho” (1960): pic.twitter.com/g7BacWkCtN
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) February 9, 2018
RIP John Gavin. Husband of Constance Towers #GH. Star of some of the greatest films of the 50s & 60s, including "Psycho," "Spartacus" & "Imitation of Life." President of SAG. U.S. ambassador to Mexico. And one hell of a swell guy. https://t.co/BJb53upmGL pic.twitter.com/4EyUXPMXte
— Michael Logan (@TVGMLogan) February 10, 2018
The world has lost a wonderful person, but his great performances will not be forgotten.