John Gavin, actor who became U.S. ambassador, dead at 86

Reagan appointed Gavin as Mexico’s ambassador in 1981, a country he already had ties with. Budd Burton Moss is the manager of Gavin’s wife, actress Constance Towers and said Gavin died Friday. His father had invested in the country’s mines, and ancestors of his Mexican-born mother had been among California’s first Spanish settlers. John Gavin, the tall, strikingly handsome actor who appeared in Spartacus, Psycho and other hit films of the 1960s before becoming President Ronald Reagan’s ambassador to Mexico, has died at age 86. No cause of death was immediately available. © The Associated Press, 2018 Gavin had often visited Mexico in his youth and was fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. Gavin played Julius Caesar in Spartacus and Janet Leigh’s divorced lover, Sam Loomis, in the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock classic Psycho.