'Psycho' Star John Gavin Dead at 86

'Psycho' Star John Gavin Dead at 86

"Psycho" star John Gavin, who has also appeared in several other classic films such as "Midnight Lace" and was the US Ambassador to Mexico under then US President Ronald Reagan, has died.

The official cause of death has not been disclosed; TMZ reports that the actor was suffering from complications from pneumonia and had been diagnosed with leukemia.

He was 86 years old. The actor died at his Beverly Hills home on Friday surrounded by family.

"I didn't have an inkling they would be classics".

He is best known for his roles in 1959's Imitation of Life, 1960 films Spartacus and Psycho, and the 1967 film Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967).

Later, he was the Screen Actors Guild president from 1971 to 1973.

"The Exorcist" director William Friedkin tweeted: "[Gavin was] one of the finest men I knew, and like a brother to me".

From left to right: Mexican first lady Paloma Cordero; U.S. ambassador to Mexico, John Gavin; and the U.S. first lady Nancy Reagan observing the damage done by the 1985 Mexico City quake.

Gavin leaves behind his wife, Constance Towers, 4 kids and 3 grandchildren.