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Encyclopedia > John Gavin
John Gavin
Birth name John Anthony Golenor Pablos
Born April 8, 1931 (1931-04-08) (age 76)
Los Angeles, California

John Gavin (born John Anthony Golenor Pablos on April 8, 1931 in Los Angeles, California) is an Academy Award nominated American film actor and a former United States Ambassador to Mexico. Gavin is half Mexican and fluent in Spanish. John Gavin is the name of: John Gavin (born April 8, 1931), American film actor and former United States Ambassador to Mexico Johnny Gavin (footballer) (born 20 April 1928), Irish footballer, record goalscorer for Norwich City F.C. John Gavin (director) (c. ... April 8 is the 98th day of the year (99th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... April 8 is the 98th day of the year (99th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... The United States has maintained diplomatic relations with Mexico since 1823, when Andrew Jackson was appointed Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to that country. ...


Gavin's father's side, the Golenor family, of Irish origin, were early landowners in California when it was still under Spanish rule; his father Herald changed the family's name to Gavin. His mother was a member of the powerful Pablos family in the Mexican state of Sinaloa.


He received a B.A. from Stanford University, where he did senior honors work in Latin American economic history, and served in the U.S. Navy in air intelligence from 1952 to 1955. A B.A. issued from the University of Tennessee. ... Stanford redirects here. ... The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ...


Film and stage career

Groomed as a virile, strapping, handsome leading man in the mold of Rock Hudson, some of his most famous roles include A Time to Love and A Time To Die and Imitation of Life (1959) for director Douglas Sirk and producer Ross Hunter, both of whom had earlier helped make a star of Hudson. Gavin also appeared in the seminal thriller Psycho (1960) for director Alfred Hitchcock, the epic Spartacus (1960) directed by Stanley Kubrick, and the 1920s-era Julie Andrews musical Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967) for George Roy Hill, again for producer Ross Hunter. Each of those films was among the most successful box-office attractions of their year of release. Gavin also co-starred with such top leading ladies of the era as Doris Day in the 1960 thriller Midnight Lace, Sophia Loren the same year in the comedic A Breath of Scandal and, in 1961, with Susan Hayward in the melodrama Back Street and in Romanoff and Juliet and Tammy Tell Me True, both with Sandra Dee. The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Imitation of Life is a 1959 film directed by Douglas Sirk, adapted from Fannie Hursts novel Imitation of Life, produced by Universal as a vehicle for Lana Turner. ... Douglas Sirk - Wikipedia /**/ @import /w/skins-1. ... Ross Hunter, born Martin Fuss (May 6, 1920 - March 10, 1996), was a noted Hollywood film producer. ... Psycho is a 1960 suspense/horror film directed by auteur Alfred Hitchcock from the screenplay by Joseph Stefano about a psychotic killer. ... Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock KBE (August 13, 1899 â€“ April 29, 1980) was an iconic and highly influential British-born film director and producer who pioneered many techniques in the suspense and thriller genres. ... Spartacus is a 1960 film directed by Stanley Kubrick and based on the novel of the same name by Howard Fast about the historical life of Spartacus and the Third Servile War. ... Kubrick redirects here. ... This article is about the 1967 film. ... George Roy Hill (December 20, 1922 – December 27, 2002) was an American film director. ... Ross Hunter, born Martin Fuss (May 6, 1920 - March 10, 1996), was a noted Hollywood film producer. ... Doris Mary Ann von Kappelhoff (born April 3, 1924)[1] is an American singer, actress, and animal welfare advocate known as Doris Day. ... Midnight Lace is mystery thriller made in 1960. ... Sophia Loren (born September 20, 1934) is a motion picture and stage, Academy Award-winning actress, widely considered to be the most popular Italian actress. ... A Breath of Scandal is a 1960 film adapted from Ferenc Molnars stage play Olympia. ... For other persons named Hayward, see Hayward (disambiguation). ... Back Street is romance novel written by Fannie Hurst in 1931, with underlying themes of death and adultery. ... Romanoff and Juliet is a play by Peter Ustinov. ... Sandra Dee (April 23, 1942 - February 20, 2005) was an American film actress best known for her role as Gidget. // Alexandra Zuck was born to John and Mary Zuck, of Rusyn ancestry, in Bayonne, New Jersey, Dee was a professional model by the age of four. ...


Gavin was signed on for the role of James Bond in 1971's Diamonds Are Forever after George Lazenby left the role. However, he never played Bond due to Sean Connery's expensive return to the 007 franchise yet still had his contract honored in full. According to Roger Moore's James Bond Diary, Gavin was also slated to play Bond in 1973's Live and Let Die but Harry Saltzman insisted on an Englishman for the role. Gavin did play the French equivalent of 007, in Pas de Roses pour OSS 117 / No Roses For OSS 117 (1968) replacing Frederick Stafford who was filming Alfred Hitchcock's Topaz. 007 redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... George Robert Lazenby (born September 5, 1939) is an Australian actor best known for portraying James Bond only once in the 1969 James Bond film, On Her Majestys Secret Service. ... Sir Thomas Sean Connery (born 25 August 1930) is a retired Scottish actor and producer who is perhaps best known as the first actor to portray James Bond in cinema, starring in seven Bond films. ... For other persons named Roger Moore, see Roger Moore (disambiguation). ... Live and Let Die is the 8th film in the British James Bond series and the first to star Roger Moore as MI6 agent James Bond. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Frederick Stafford and Claude Jade in Alfred Hitchcocks Topaz (1969) Frederick Stafford (11 March 1928—28 July 1979) was an Austrian-born actor. ... Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock KBE (August 13, 1899 â€“ April 29, 1980) was an iconic and highly influential British-born film director and producer who pioneered many techniques in the suspense and thriller genres. ... Topaz, director Alfred Hitchcocks 51st movie, filmed between 1968 and 1969, was adapted from the book Topaz (ISBN 0-553-23547-8) by Leon Uris. ...


He was president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1971 to 1973. The Screen Actors Guild (S.A.G.) is the labor union representing over 120,000 film actors in the United States. ...


Gavin made a successful foray into live theater in the 1970s, showcasing his baritone voice. He toured the summer stock circuit as El Gallo in a production of The Fantasticks and later replaced Ken Howard in the Broadway musical, Seesaw (1973) opposite Michelle Lee. Gavin also toured the country in Seesaw with Lucie Arnaz. Both the Broadway and touring production were directed by Michael Bennett. The Fantasticks is a 1960 musical with music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones. ... For the British artist, see Ken Howard (artist). ... Seesaw is a musical comedy based on William Gibsons play, Two for the Seesaw which ran on Broadway in the late 1950s. ... Michelle Lee may refer to: Michelle Leslie (born 1981) Australian model who also works under the name Michelle Lee. ... Lucie Arnaz (born Lucie Desiree Arnaz on July 17, 1951) is an American actress. ... Bennett on the cover of his 1990 biography by Kevin Kelly Michael Bennett (April 8, 1943 - July 2, 1987) was a Tony Award-winning American musical theater director, writer, choreographer, and dancer. ...


A Republican, Gavin was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Mexico in June 1981 by President Ronald Reagan and served until June 12, 1986. Since leaving government service, he has become a successful businessman and civic leader. Along with volunteering for his nearby community. This article is about the modern United States Republican Party. ... Reagan redirects here. ...


He has been married to Constance Towers, a stage and television actress, since 1974. When they wed, Gavin and Towers each had two children from previous marriages, so the couple have four adult children and one grandchild. Gavin's daughter, Cristina Gavin, followed in his footsteps and became an actress. Constance Towers (b. ...


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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Julian Nava
U.S. Ambassador to Mexico
1981 – 1986
Succeeded by
Charles J. Pilliod, Jr.
Other offices
Preceded by
Charlton Heston
President of Screen Actors Guild
1971 – 1973
Succeeded by
Dennis Weaver

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John Gavin - So Suave (902 words)
John Gavin was born John Anthony Golenor on April 8, 1931 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
John Gavin was nominated to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico by President Ronald Reagan in March 1981.
Gavin and his wife, the former Constance Mary Towers, have four children, Cristina and Maria Gavin and Michael and Maureen McGrath.
John Gavin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (216 words)
John Gavin (born John Anthony Golenor on April 8, 1928) is an American film actor and former US Ambassador to Mexico.
Gavin is half Mexican and fluent in Spanish.
A Republican, Gavin was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Mexico in June 1981 by President Ronald Reagan and served until June 1986.
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