Variety reports that actor John Gavin has died.
John Gavin, who reached the pinnacle of his acting career with roles in Douglas Sirk’s “Imitation of Life,” Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” and the epic “Spartacus,” later serving as president of the Screen Actors Guild in the early ’70s and as U.S. ambassador to Mexico under Ronald Reagan, died Friday morning in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 86.
The actor was signed to a contract and almost played James Bond in the film “Diamonds Are Forever.”
Gavin was SAG president from 1971-73 and as President Reagan’s first ambassador to Mexico from 1981-86.
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