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American actor and businessman John Gavin starred in such classic films as Psycho and Midnight Lace, and was also U.S ambassador to Mexico under Ronald Reagan.
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In 1981, Gavin was nominated U.S. ambassador to Mexico by his friend and former fellow actor, President Ronald Reagan. Gavin spent the next five years in Mexico, leading one of America's biggest diplomatic missions abroad. An excess of 1,000 Mexican and American workers represented more than 12 government organizations positioned throughout Mexico. Gavin left his diplomatic post in May 1986 to return to the private sector.
After he gave up his ambassador's position, Gavin became president of Univisa Satellite Communications, Inc., as subsidiary of Univisa, which operates a broad array of communications, entertainment and media firms. Gavin has likewise been the acting president of Gamma Services Corp., otherwise known as Gamma Holdings, since he founded the global capital and consulting company in 1968.
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