6'4" John Gavin was born in Los Angeles in 1928. His stunning good looks made him a favourite in Hollywood and he starred in two classic films released in 1960: Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus. In Spartacus, Gavin played a young Julius Caesar mentored by Charles Laughton's Gracchus. Inexplicably, Gavin's film career began to peter out in the early 60s and he was made American ambassador to Mexico. He also served on the board of the Screen Actors Guild for many years. After George Lazenby, Gavin was slated to play James Bond in Diamonds Are Forever. The role was eventually given back to Sean Connery but Gavin was still paid for the film.