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May 13, 2022

Handsome Portrait Photos of John Gavin in the 1950s and ’60s

Born 1931 as Juan Vincent Apablasa in Los Angeles, California, American actor John Gavin was commissioned in the U.S. Navy serving aboard the USS Princeton off Korea where he served as an air intelligence officer from 1951 until the end of the Korean War in 1953.

As an actor, Gavin had his first film role in Raw Edge (1956) where he played the brother of Rory Calhoun and was billed as John Gilmore. His name was changed to John Gavin for the films Behind the High Wall (1956), Four Girls in Town (1957), and Quantez (also 1957).

Gavin’s break was the lead in A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958). He was best known for his performances in the films Imitation of Life (1959), Spartacus (1960), Psycho (1960), and Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), playing leading roles in a series of films for producer Ross Hunter.

Gavin was the president of the Screen Actors Guild (1971–73), and the United States Ambassador to Mexico (1981–86). He died of complications from pneumonia after a long battle with leukemia in 2018 at his home in Beverly Hills, California, aged 86.

Take a look at these vintage photos to see portraits of a young and handsome John Gavin in the 1950s and 1960s.


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