One Of America’s Finest Actors Just Died At Age 86

 

John Gavin, the movie star who graced the big screen in “Psycho,” “Imitation of Life,” “Spartacus” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie” has died at age 86.

“He died this morning after a long illness,” Budd Burton, the manager of Gavin’s wife actress Constance Towers, told Fox News.

Most people don’t know this but Gavin was the US Ambassador to Mexico under Ronald Reagan.

TMZ claimed Gavin succumbed to complications from pneumonia after battling leukemia. He was reportedly first hospitalized just days before Christmas before he later passed away surrounded by his family in his Beverly Hills home.

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He famously played Janet Leigh’s divorced lover Sam Loomis in the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock thriller “Psycho.”

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The Hollywood Reporter claimed Gavin was signed on to play James Bond in 1971’s “Diamonds Are Forever” before Sean Connery reclaimed the role of the suave superspy.

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He attended St. John’s Military Academy in L.A., Beverly Hills High School and Villanova Prep in Ojai, Calif., before studying the economic history of Latin America at Stanford University. He graduated from college in 1952, then served in the U.S. Navy as an Air Intelligence Officer.

Director William Friedkin wrote on Twitter on Friday, “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.”

Gavin leaves behind his wife, Constance Towers, 4 kids and 3 grandchildren. Connie tells TMZ, “We lost our best friend, father and husband. We were so grateful to have him.”

Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends.

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Rest in peace brother and thanks for the memories…

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