Entertainment Weekly and The New York Times have announced the death of 60’s heartthrob and political adviser John Gavin, most known for playing Sam Loomis in Alfred Hithcock’s Psycho. The news was further confirmed by his former manager, Budd Burton Moss, who specified that the late actor passed away on Friday, February 9th 2018, at his home in Beverly Hills, California. Though an initial cause of death has not been confirmed, Moss stated that the Golden Globe Winner was ill for several months before his death. He was 86.
John Gavin booked his first role in 1956’s Raw Edge. From there, he went to play the romantic lead in films like Four Girls in Town (1957) and Imitation of Life (1959). He also starred in A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958) – for which he won his Golden Globe, 4x Oscar Winner Spartacus (1960) as Julius Ceasar, OSS 117 Murder for Sale (1968) and The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969) with Katherine Hepburn. In Psycho, Gavin played Marion Crane’s boyfriend and sole survivor, Sam Loomis. He stepped back into the world of horror twice after in Midnight Lace (1960) and Jennifer (1978).
His television roles include recurring gigs on “Destry” and “Convoy” in the mid-60’s.
Later in life, Gavin turned his sights to political exploits. He served as Reagan’s Ambassador to Mexico and as a special adviser to The General Secretary for the Organization of American States. He also served as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1971 to 1973.
All of us at HorrorSociety.com send our condolences to his family, friends and fans. What an iconic character and wonderful human being!
R.I.P. John Gavin
April 8, 1931 – February 9, 2018