John Gavin, star of films such as Psycho and Spartacus, has died at the age of 86. He died at his Beverly Hills home on Friday surrounded by family, following a bout of pneumonia. Gavin, who played Sam Loomis in the classic horror flick, died from pneumonia, following a long battle against leukemia. The former actor was first hospitalized shortly before Christmas. Having made his name in a string of iconic films, Gavin later turned his hand to politics, becoming the Ambassador to Mexico in 1981. Appointed by Ronald Reagan, the Republican served in the role for five years. A Korean War veteran, Gavin went into acting, landing a starring role in the 1958 film A Time To Love And A Time To Die, for which he was awarded a Golden Globe. He is best known for his roles in 1959’s Imitation of Life, 1960 films Spartacus and Psycho, and the 1967 film Thoroughly Modern Millie.
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