John Gavin Movies and Career Information

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Apr 08, 1931
Los Angeles

John Gavin (born April 8, 1931) is an American film actor and a former United States Ambassador to Mexico. Gavin is half Mexican and fluent in Spanish. In acting terms, he is probably best known for the part of Sam Loomis, Janet Leigh's boyfriend in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and as Julius Caesar in Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus. Gavin's father's side, the Golenor family, of Irish origin, were early landowners in California when it was still under Spanish rule. His mother Delia Pablos, was a member of the powerful Pablos family in the Mexican state of Sonora, Mexico and took the surname "Gavin" when she married Ray Gavin. After attending St. John's Military Academy of Los Angeles, he earned a B.A. from Stanford University, where he did senior honors work in Latin American economic history and was a member of Stanford's Naval ROTC unit. During the Korean War Gavin was commissioned in the U.S. Navy serving aboard the USS Princeton offshore Korea where he served as an air intelligence officer from 1952 to 1955. Due to Gavin's fluency in both Spanish and Portuguese he was assigned as Flag Lieutenant to Admiral Milton E. Miles. Following his naval service, he offered himself as a technical

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