Movie Stars: Gavin, John: Movie Star, Handsome Leading Man of Imitation to Life and Psycho, Dies at 86

John Gavin, the tall handsome actor best known for his roles in Douglas Sirk’s Imitation of Life and Hitchcock’s Psycho, died Friday morning in Beverly Hills. He was 86.

In addition to being a star, Gavin served as president of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) from 1971 to 1973, and then as U.S. ambassador to Mexico under Ronald Reagan, from 1981 to 1986.

Almost James Bond

The actor was signed to a contract and almost played James Bond in the film “Diamonds Are Forever.”

Gavin’s two films with German-born director Douglas Sirk in the late 1950s, A Time to Love and a Time to Die and especially Imitation of Life, (opposite Lana Turner), which was a huge hit, raised his international status.