John Gavin Movies

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John Gavin (1931-2018) was an American actor.  He was best known for his performances in the films 1959’s Imitation of Life , 1960’s Spartacus , 1960’s Psycho  and playing leading roles in a series of films for producer Ross Hunter.  After his movie career he was the United States Ambassador to Mexico from 1981 to 1986.

His IMDb page shows 43 acting credits from 1956 to 1981.  This page will rank 19 John Gavin movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Television roles, cameos, shorts and movies not released in North America were not included in the rankings.

Vera Miles and John Gavin in 1960’s Psycho

John Gavin Movies Can Be Ranked 6 Ways In This Table

The really cool thing about this table is that it is “user-sortable”. Rank the movies anyway you want.

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  • Sort John Gavin movies by Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR) Score.  UMR puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.

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23 thoughts on “John Gavin Movies

  1. Hello Bruce,

    Sorry to learn he passed away and in the meantime,
    I am really sorry to write, i completely forgot this actor and now i remembered him because i saw him in your four first top film.
    Imitation for Life was a film i saw several times during Strikes TV public because in France we got so many strikes….i dont know why this film in particular but it was every time and with another one i spoke several time, Stage Fright.
    Psycho a very good film and Spartacus and Millie are ok but he is not the actor i think when i read these titles.
    I watched the video s’ Steve very interresting as usual but i was surprised by the memo of Mr Gavin about Rock Hudson, i never heard something about this comparaison;
    A good page for memory, very good comments by movie lovers
    And for the end
    A very good day

  2. I have seen 14 of them, have not seen numbers 9, 10, 16, 17 & 19 on your list. John was never on the Oracle of Bacon Top 1000 Center of the Hollywood Universe list. These are the actors on the 2016 list who have appeared in a film with him and you know Arthur Tovey is now gone from the list.

    60 JOHN LEGUIZAMO The Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latino Image in American Cinema (2002)
    313 GEORGE KENNEDY Spartacus (1960)
    323 DONALD PLEASENCE The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969)
    402 CHEECH MARIN The Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latino Image in American Cinema (2002)
    884 JAMES FOX Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)
    897 TONY CURTIS Spartacus (1960)
    912 ARTHUR TOVEY Midnight Lace (1960)
    919 PAT MORITA Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)

    The following actors appeared on the original list in 2000 but have fallen off since. They did all work with John.

    25 RODDY MCDOWELL Midnight Lace (1960)
    32 KIRK DOUGLAS Spartacus (1960)
    43 KEENAN WYNN A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958)
    48 MARTIN BALSAM Psycho (1960)
    50 JEFF COREY Jennifer (1978)
    90 JOHN IRELAND Spartacus (1960)
    95 KLAUS KINSKI A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958)
    98 HERBERT LOM Spartacus (1960)
    118 WOODY STRODE Spartacus (1960)
    144 PETER USTINOV Romanoff and Juliet (1961)
    144 PETER USTINOV Spartacus (1960)
    166 SOPHIA LOREN A Breath of Scandal (1960)
    192 YVONNE DE CARLO La casa de las sombras (1976)
    192 YVONNE DE CARLO Raw Edge (1956)
    198 YUL BRYNNER The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969)
    216 LAURENCE OLIVIER Spartacus (1960)
    222 BESS FLOWERS Imitation of Life (1959)
    234 AKIM TAMIROFF Romanoff and Juliet (1961)
    271 PETER BROCCO Spartacus (1960)
    287 RICHARD FARNSWORTH Spartacus (1960)
    289 ANTHONY PERKINS Psycho (1960)
    326 ANGELA LANSBURY A Breath of Scandal (1960)
    393 CHARLES BOYER The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969)
    420 MAURICE MARSAC Four Girls in Town (1957)
    421 MICHAEL ANSARA Quantez (1957)
    464 JOHN ALDERSON Romanoff and Juliet (1961)
    484 LEOPOLDO TRIESTE Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You (1970)
    520 WILLIAM SCHALLERT Raw Edge (1956)
    531 LILYAN CHAUVIN Back Street (1961)
    553 DAN O’HERLIHY Imitation of Life (1959)
    617 PAUL FREES A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958)
    704 TROY DONAHUE Imitation of Life (1959)
    731 JOHN HOYT Spartacus (1960)
    767 PHILIP AHN Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)
    806 NINA FOCH Jennifer (1978)
    806 NINA FOCH Spartacus (1960)
    816 CARLETON YOUNG Spartacus (1960)
    837 GERALD SIM The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969)
    845 SEVERN DARDEN Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You (1970)
    867 RORY CALHOUN Raw Edge (1956)
    873 PAUL MULLER Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You (1970)
    917 ROBERT J. WILKE Raw Edge (1956)
    917 ROBERT J. WILKE Spartacus (1960)
    930 BING RUSSELL Behind the High Wall (1956)
    961 NICKY BLAIR Behind the High Wall (1956)
    973 JEAN SIMMONS Spartacus (1960)

    John only worked with 12 Oscar winners;

    CHARLES LAUGHTON Spartacus (1960)
    DOROTHY MALONE Quantez (1957)
    GEORGE KENNEDY Spartacus (1960)
    JULIE ANDREWS Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)
    KATHARINE HEPBURN The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969)
    LAURENCE OLIVIER Spartacus (1960)
    MARTIN BALSAM Psycho (1960)
    PETER USTINOV Romanoff and Juliet (1961)
    PETER USTINOV Spartacus (1960)
    REX HARRISON Midnight Lace (1960)
    SOPHIA LOREN A Breath of Scandal (1960)
    SUSAN HAYWARD Back Street (1961)
    YUL BRYNNER The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969)

    1. Hello Dan
      thanks for sharing your tally and showing me my proper place…I was starting to feel a little uncomfortable after Bruce’s remarks about me always winning these contests…nothing more boring than a repetitive and predictable “HoFer” 🙂

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