Actor John Gavin has passed away at the age of 86. Gavin appeared in some of the biggest films of the 1960s. Born Juan Vincent Apablasa, Gavin graduated from Stanford, where he earned his degree in Latin American Affairs and economics. Throughout his childhood and education, he never acted in a single play. His introduction to the movie business was a result of his Navy experiences during the Korean War He served as technical advisor for a film about the ship he had served on, the U.S.S.