Gavin Packard Wiki, Age, Death, Wife, Family, Biography & More

Gavin Packard (1964-2012) was an Indian actor, bodybuilder, and personal trainer. He was of Irish American descent. He mainly played negative characters in Hindi films. Gavin died of respiratory disorders at a nursing centre in Vasai on 18 May 2012.

Wiki/Biography

Gavin Packard was born on Tuesday, 9 June 1964 (age 48 years; at the time of death) in Kalyan, Maharashtra, India. His zodiac sign is Gemini. In 1975, he did his schooling at St. Peter’s School in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 10″

Hair Colour: Blonde

Eye Colour: Hazel Green

Family

His father was an Irish American and his mother was a Konkani Maharashtrian. [1]

Parents & Siblings

His father, Earl Packard, was a computer expert. His mother’s name is Barbara. Gavin had four younger siblings, and one of his brothers is Daryl.

Wife & Children

Gavin was married to a Konkani girl named Avril. The couple has two daughters named Erika Packard (model, actor) and Kamille Kyla Packard. Later, Gavin and his wife got mutually separated.

Gavin Packard with his wife

An old picture of Gavin Packard with his wife and daughters

Gavin Packard’s wife and daughters

Career

Bodybuilder

Gavin started his career as a bodybuilder and participated in various bodybuilding competitions. He won various awards at state and national levels for bodybuilding. He provided fitness training to the Indian actors Sanjay Dutt and Suniel Shetty.

Gavin Packard at a gym with Sanjay Dutt

Film

Malayalam

In 1979, Gavin made his Malayalam debut with the film ‘Prabhu’ in which he played the role of villain.

Prabhu film poster

Some of his other Malayalam films are ‘Aryan’ (1988), ‘Season’ (1989), ‘Jackpot’ (1993), and Boxer’ (1996).

Season film poster

Hindi

In 1984, he made his Bollywood debut with the film ‘Jawaani’ in which he played the role of a hippie.

Gavin Packard in Jawaani

In the late 80s, he acted in Hindi films like ‘Nafrat Ki Aandhi’ (1988), ‘Ilaaka’ (1989), ‘Sadak’ (1991), ‘Bade Miyan Chote Miyan’ (1998), and ‘Pardesi Babu’ (1998).

Bade Miyan Chote Miyan

In the 2000s, he played small roles in Hindi films like ‘Hadh Kar Di Aapne’ (2000), ‘Kunwara’ (2000), ‘Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani’ (2002), and ‘Guru Mahaaguru’ (2002).

Gavin Packard in Hadh Kar Di Aapne (2000)

His last Hindi film was ‘Rocky- The Slave,’ which got shelved.

Television

Gavin appeared in a few Hindi TV shows like ‘Indradhanush’ (1989; DD National), ‘Junoon’ (1994; DD National), and ‘Shaktimaan’ (1998; DD National).

Shaktimaan (1998)

Other Work

In 1994, Gavin appeared in the TV mini-series ‘The Maharaja’s Daughter.’ In 2004, he was featured in the Hindi music video ‘Cinderella’ by Sajjad Ali.

 

Death

On 18 May 2012, Gavin died of respiratory disorders at a nursing centre in Vasai. In the last years of his life, he lived with his younger brother Daryl Packard in Kalyan, Maharashtra. Gavin was buried at the St. Andrews Burial Grounds in Bandra, Mumbai. According to some sources, Gavin had met with an accident while he was riding his bike in Kalyan Flower Market, Mumbai. A few local residents recognised him and rushed him to a nearby hospital. It was said that since his accident, he suffered many injuries. [2] In an interview, the Indian actor Suniel Shetty expressed his grief on Gavin’s demise. Shetty said,

It makes me very sad to learn about Gavin’s death. He was a part of all my initial films. In fact, he was the one who got Sanju (Sanjay Dutt) into body building, Bahut acha aadmi tha par producers se paise maang nahi sakta tha. Then at the end of the day, it becomes a hand to mouth existence. We used to train together a lot and when it came to bodybuilding, he was a pioneer. He exactly knew about every muscle, food intake. Any action film you say, he was there.”

Facts/Trivia

  • Since childhood, Gavin was inclined towards sports. While he was in school, he used to participate in various sports competitions.
  • His grandfather, John Packard, had come to Bangalore as an official of the US Army, and later, he got settled in Mumbai.
  • Gavin did his training in bodybuilding along with Shera, Salman Khan’s personal bodyguard.
  • The Indian actor Sanjay Dutt is the godfather of Gavin’s daughters.
  • He was well-versed in various languages including Hindi, English, Punjabi, and Gujarati.
  • Gavin had a fear of heights. [3] In an interview, while talking about Gavin’s fear, the Indian film director G S Vijayan said,

    I remember him as a good, simple man. But I cannot forget how he behaved when we were shooting the climax of the film. Sreenivasan, the hero, was cool about shooting a scene at the top of a building but Gavin, despite all his villainy in movies, was shaking with fear.”

  • His younger brother Daryl has organised various bodybuilding and fitness contests in memory of Gavin.
  • He used to consume alcohol, and at the time of his accident in 2012, he was heavily drunk. [4]