Actor Gavin MacLeod, ‘Love Boat’ Captain, Dies At 90

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gavin MacLeod, the veteran supporting actor who achieved stardom as Murray Slaughter, the sardonic TV information author on “The Mary Tyler Moore Present,” earlier than occurring to even greater fame because the cheerful Capt. Stubing on “The Love Boat,” has died. He was 90.

MacLeod died early Saturday, his nephew, Mark See, informed Selection. MacLeod’s well being had been poor not too long ago however no reason for dying was given, the commerce publication reported.

Identified to sitcom followers for his bald head and broad smile, MacLeod toiled in close to anonymity for greater than a decade, showing on dozens of TV exhibits and in a number of motion pictures earlier than touchdown his “Mary Tyler Moore” function in 1970.

He had initially examined for Moore’s TV boss, Lou Grant, an element that went to Ed Asner. Realizing he wasn’t proper for taking part in the blustery, short-tempered TV newsroom chief, MacLeod requested if he may strive as an alternative for the wisecracking TV information author, his jokes usually on the expense of the dimwitted anchorman Ted Baxter.

“The Mary Tyler Moore Present” was a smash from the beginning and stays a traditional of scenario comedies. It produced two spinoffs, “Rhoda” and “Phyllis,” starring Valerie Harper and Cloris Leachman, who had portrayed Mary’s neighbors.

It was nonetheless top-rated when Moore, who performed information producer Mary Richards, determined to finish it after seven seasons.

MacLeod moved on to “The Love Boat,” a romantic comedy during which visitor stars, starting from Gene Kelly to Janet Jackson, would come aboard for a cruise and fall in love with each other.

Though scorned by critics, the sequence proved immensely standard, lasting 11 seasons and spinning off a number of TV motion pictures, together with two during which MacLeod remained on the cruise ship’s helm. It additionally resulted in his being employed as a TV pitchman for Princess Cruise Strains.

“The critics hated it. They referred to as it senseless TV, however we turned goodwill ambassadors,” he informed the Los Angeles Occasions in 2013.

Amongst his last TV credit had been “Touched by An Angel,” “JAG” and “The King of Queens.”

Actor Gavin MacLeod on the seventh annual Ping Pong 4 Function celeb event fundraiser at Dodger Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

MacLeod’s lighthearted display persona was in distinction to his personal life. In his 2013 memoir, “This Is Your Captain Talking,” MacLeod acknowledged that he had struggled with alcoholism within the Sixties and ’70s. He additionally wrote that shedding his hair at an early age made it onerous for him to search out work as an actor.

“I went throughout city searching for an agent, however nobody was desirous about representing a younger man with a bald head,” he wrote. “I knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to purchase myself a hairpiece.” A toupee modified his luck “fairly rapidly.” By center age, he didn’t want the toupee.

MacLeod, whose given identify was Allan See, took his first identify from a French film and his final from a drama trainer at New York’s Ithaca Faculty who had inspired him to pursue an performing profession.

After school, the Mount Kisco, New York-native turned a supporting participant in “A Hatful of Rain” and different Broadway performs, and in such movies as “I Need to Dwell!” and “Operation Petticoat.”

He made visitor appearances on TV exhibits all through the Sixties, together with “Hogan’s Heroes,” “Hawaii 5-O” and “The Dick Van Dyke Present.” He additionally appeared on “McHale’s Navy” from 1962 to 1964 as seaman Joseph “Completely happy” Haines.

One main function he auditioned for: Archie Bunker in “All within the Household.” However he rapidly realized that the character, immortalized by Carol O’Conner, was improper for him. “Instantly I assumed, ‘This isn’t the script for me. The character is an excessive amount of of a bigot.’ I can’t say this stuff,” MacLeod wrote in his memoir.

Different film credit included “Kelly’s Heroes,” “The Sand Pebbles” and “The Sword of Ali Baba.”

MacLeod had 4 youngsters along with his first spouse, Joan Rootvik, whom he divorced in 1972. He was the son of an alcoholic and his consuming issues helped result in a second divorce, to Patti Steele. However after MacLeod give up consuming, he and Steele remarried in 1985.

The couple later hosted a Christian radio present referred to as “Again on Course: A Ministry for Marriages.”


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