John Gavin

Other names of John Gavin: John Anthony Golenor

American actor and diplomat John Anthony Golenor, who was famously known as John Gavin, was born on April 8, 1931, in Los Angeles, California, US. His father is Herald Raj Golenor, and his mother is Delia Diana Pablos. He has both Mexican and Irish accent. He pursued his studies at St. John's Military Academy in Los Angeles and Villanova Prep. Both of them are Christian schools.

He graduated in B.A in economics and Latin American Affairs from Stanford University. He served the US Navy from 1951-1955 during the Korean War. On his family friend's advice and his father's pressure, tall, dark and handsome John attended the auditions at Universal and got selected. In 1956, he debuted on the screen with Below the High Wall. Later, he did the lead role in Imitation of Life in 1959.

A Time to Love and a Time to Die in 1958 is one of his remarkable characters. He played the role of a German Soldier, which was directed by Sirk. This film got huge positive criticism, and this role made him a star in Hollywood. Later he appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's famous movie Psycho and also played the role of Julius Caesar in Spartacus in 1960. He couldn't make any more films after the 1961 film Back Street. He later appeared in TV shows Destry in 1964 and Convoy in 1965. Later, John Gavin changed his entire lifestyle. He became a famous businessman and a politician gradually.

In 1961, he was appointed as the special advisor to the Secretary-General of Organization of American States and continued till 1973. From 1966 to 1971, he was the part of the Board of Screen Actors Guild, and he served as the president from 1971-73. In 1970's, he appeared in a movie The Fantasticks, a musical Seesaw in 1973 and a TV mini-serial Doctors' Private Lives in 1979. He married the then stage and TV actress Constance Towers in 1974 and their daughter Christina Gavin also became a leading actor in the future.

His childhood dream to become the ambassador was fulfilled in the 1980's. From May 7, 1981, he served as the Ambassador to Mexico and ended the tenure by June 10, 1986. Soon he left the politics and became a successful businessman. He roamed in Latin America and Mexico on his business trips. He also decorated some honorary posts, and he acted as the Cheif Executive Officer for some organizations too.

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John Gavin who was born on April 8, 1931, is an American actor. He was born to Herald Ray Golenor and Delia Diana Pablos. He joined St.John’s Military Academy in Los Angeles and later went to Villanova Prep in California. After completing his schooling, he pursued his B.A from Stanford University and went on to do his senior honors in Latin American economic history. He got trained and then served in the U.S Army for four years from 1951 to 1955. During his tenure, he was positioned as an air intelligence officer during the Korean War and then he was assigned the role of Flag Lieutenant.He got his first real chance to act when his friend offered him a role to play for his movie Princeton.

Gavin refused it because he had never acted in his life but he was convinced to try it. His attempt was successful, and he signed with Universal. The company groomed Gavin into a handsome hero and offered him various movies such as Quantez, Behind the Wall, Four Girls in Town. His first break came through the picture A Time to Love and A time to Die in 1958. The movie was welcomed highly among audiences and the critics. He was called ‘Universal’s new White Hope.’ He became famous, and offers were lining up for him. He was seen in Spartacus (1960), Psycho (1960), Intimation of Life (1959). Gavin parted company with Universal in 1962.In 1957, he married fellow actress Cicely Evans, and the couple had two children before they divorced in 1965.

In 1964, he starred in the series Destry. In the same year, he returned to Universal and performed in the Mexican movie Pedro Paramo. In 1971, Gavin landed a dream role of James Bond in the film Diamonds are Forever. Then, he concentrated on TV series and was known for his performance in the TV movie Sophia Loren: Her Own Story. He then married Constance Towers who is also an actress. Gavin served as the cultural adviser to Organization of American States for four years. He received the chance to become the U.S Ambassador to Mexico in 1981.

He concentrated on his business and was the President of Gamma Holdings which is a global consulting company. Some of the other organizations where he served include Causeway Capital, Securitas Security Services, Claxon Interactive Group Inc., Krause’s Furniture Inc., etc. He also worked for various institutions like Don Bosco Institute, The Hoover Institution, The University of Americas.

John Dall English Actor

John Dall

American classic actor John Dall Thompson was known to the screen as John Dall. He was born on 26 May 1920 in New York City, US. His father Charles Jenner Thompson was a civil engineer who contributed to the construction of the Panama Airport. His mother was Henry. At a very young age, they moved to Panama where his father was working. As his father committed suicide, Henry along with John moved back to New York. His elder brother is Worthington Thompson. John went to Horace Mann School and soon he went to Columbia University to study engineering. Soon, he realized that acting is his profession and left Columbia University. He trained for acting at Theodora Irvine School of Theatre. John Dall had a very brief period in the industry. He appeared in just eight movies between 1945 and 1961. Apart from the silver screen, he played many roles in TV serials and shows. In the eight films he acted, he had some flops too to his credit. In the Broadway, his first appearance is in Dear Ruth from the director Moss Hart in 1944. It was a big hit then, airing for around one and half year. His next appearance in Broadway is in Red Gloves. This movie was a big hit, though. But his most remembered role in The Heiress in 1949 was, unfortunately, a flop. John Dall gave a blasting entry into the Hollywood Film Industry. For his role in his debut movie in Corn Is Green (1945), he received the Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He appeared in a 1948 film ‘Rope’, which was again an unexpected flop. Audience remembered his next role in Gun Crazy in 1950. But it couldn't win at least reasonable acclaims from the people and critics as well. He played the role of Roman commander Glabrus in ‘Spartacus’, a 1960 film. This movie was a decent hit then. John Dall appeared in some minor roles like Something in the Wind, ‘Atlantis’, the Lost Continent, The Man Who Cheated Himself. He died of a heart attack on January 15, 1971. His marriage was a controversy. In his death certificate, it is mentioned "never married" but he got married in the 1940's in his house at California. He used to live with actress Clement Brace. They donated his corpse to a medical college, and some film historians and film critics even said that he was a gay.

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John Gielgud

John Gielgud is an actor who fetched immense popularity both on stage and screen. He has been ruling the theater and film world for over six decades. Considered to be a pioneer actor in Britain, three generation of his family virtually had dominated the stage world in West. In the early 1930s, John had made his entry in theaters and was even associated with Broadway Theatre. In the year 1922, the actor made his first stage appearance in Neilson-Terry Theater Company and received his first salary. In the year 1929-31, the actor was associated with Shakespearean dramas on stage and enthralled the viewers. Thus having graduated from the theater world, John Gielgud had his interest in setting up of his own theater company titled ‘Queen’s Theater’ in London and presented many comedy shows and earned a huge popularity by staging ‘Hamlet’ drama on stage. He also showcased his own presentation of 'Hamlet' drama which was considered to be one of the best of his era. His popularity set to a decline when he was charged with homosexual offense while he was part of his theater activities, but his friends came to his rescue and relieved him temporarily from such offense. John Gielgud did not take much interest in cinema. It is said that after his first debut in the film during the year 1924, he remained totally inactive in cinema for a long period. Yet he saw huge success with the release of a movie ‘The Good Companions’ (1933) and again met similar success with another popular movie ‘Julius Caesar’ (1953). John did not take film career as a full-time career till the sixties. Thus he was not a regular film artist till sixties. It was only during the sixties that the actor took his film career a bit seriously. His first nomination for Academy Awards was for the movie 'Becket', which was a 1964 Anglo-American dramatic film adaptation of the play ‘Becket’ or the ‘Honour of God’. In this movie, he shared screen presence with Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole. The actor even is very well known for his dramatic role in movies like ‘Elizabeth’ (1988) and thus continued to act in over sixty films till 1998. ‘Elizabeth’ was a movie which was directed by Indian filmmaker Shekhar Kapur which had actress Cate Blanchett in the title role of Queen Elizabeth. The film also starred Richard Attenborough, Fanny Ardant etc. The actor won his first Oscar Award for his versatile performance in the movie ‘Arthur’ which was directed by Steve Gordon. For the movie ‘Arthur’, John received Academy Award for best supporting actor. ‘Arthur’ was followed by a sequel ‘Arthur 2: On The Rocks’ that had lead actors like Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, and John Gielgud, who reprised their roles once again for the sequel. He is one of the finest actors of Britain who received Oscar, Emmy and Grammy Awards too. He has also appeared on radio and television programs. His first love was Shakespearean dramas and he excelled in performing the same. Due to his popularity on stage, people had named the ‘Gielgud Theatre’ after him. Some of his highly popular films are ‘Secret Agent’ (1936), ‘The Elephant Man’ (1980) and 'Chariots of Fire' (1981),‘Caligula’ (1979), ‘Gandhi’ (1982) etc. Born on 14 April 1904, the veteran actor had passed away on 21 May 2000 leaving behind his footprints in celluloid world. Another Version Of This Bio: Gielgud, born on April 14, 1904, in London to Frank Henry Gielgud and Kate Terry Gielgud, was the third of the four children. In 1912, John went to Hillside Prep. He was excellent in his English and seeing his improvements in the language; the school encouraged him to act in various dramas including Julius Caesar and Merchant of Venice. Though his parents were theatergoers, they did not like their children to get into the cinema field. After leaving Westminster School, John forced his parents to let him take drama classes. At the age of seventeen, Gielgud joined a private drama school, but the tutor there commented on his physical awkwardness. With the help of his cousin, he got a bit-part role in a play The Wheel. Seeing his talent, one of his colleagues recommended him to join the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and enhance his skillset from the institution as it has produced several stars in the cinema field. He played in various presentations, but they were not successful. After leaving RADA, he joined the Oxford Playhouse. He acted in several plays for the company. Though his acting was not a big hit, his voice played a huge role. It gained the attention of BBC radio, and they offered him a chance. Simultaneously, he was also doing the most awaited play The Cherry Orchard. The play was a huge hit and with this, he was lined up for various other premieres. He joined Old Vic and played in several dramas and received mixed responses. In 1932, his interest drew towards directing. He produced and directed several plays with undergraduate students. He also acted in his plays. Most of his production were the works of Shakespeare. He always wanted to direct the works of legendary Shakespeare. John then focussed on his directing career setting aside his acting. He suffered a nervous breakdown. In 1964, he received an Oscar nomination for playing the role of King of France in Becket. He started working for movies and series rather than plays. In 1981, he played in the film Arthur for which he won an Oscar for Supporting Actor. John’s partner died in 1999, and John died the following year at the age of 96. Some of the honors received by John includes Knight Bachelor (1953), Legion of Honour (1960), Companion of Honour (1977), Order of Merit (1996). He established himself as the President of RADA during 1977 to 1989.

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