Vale: Gavin MacLeod

US actor best known for The Love Boat and The Mary Tyler Moore Show has died.

US actor Gavin MacLeod, best known for The Love Boat and The Mary Tyler Moore Show has died, aged 90.

He died in on Saturday, having been sick for some time, although no cause of death has been given.

MacLeod’s career began in films in 1957 in The Sword of Ali Baba, then A Man Called Gannon, The Thousand Plane Raid and Kelly’s Heroes.

He featured as on McHale’s Navy as Joseph “Happy” Haines from 1962 – 64 before rising to prominence as Murray Slaughter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show from 1970 through 1977, earning two Golden Globe nominations.

But it was as Captain Stubing on The Love Boat where he won the bigger following, appearing in every episode across nine seasons, and landing three more Golden Globe nods -including an episode filmed in Australia.

But there were numerous credits: Peter Gunn, Dr. Kildare, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Munsters, Rawhide, Gomer Pye USMC, My Favourite Martian, Hogan’s Heroes, The Flying Nun, Hawaii Five-O, Murder She Wrote, Burke’s Law, Oz, Touched by an Angel, JAG and That ’70s Show. Films included Operation Petticoat, The Crimebusters, The Sand Pebbles, Kelly’s Heroes and The Party.

Mary Tyler Moore Show co-star Ed Asner wrote on Twitter, “My heart is broken. “Gavin was my brother, my partner in crime (and food) and my comic conspirator. I will see you in a bit Gavin. Tell the gang I will see them in a bit. Betty (White)! It’s just you and me now.”

Princess Cruises also paid tribute saying, “It is with sadness felt to the depth of the oceans that we mourn the passing of actor Gavin MacLeod our beloved global ambassador, dearest friend and treasured member of the Princess Cruises family for more than 35 years.”

Source: Yahoo, Wikipedia

6 Responses

  1. I remember him first as Murray from the Mary Tyler Moore Show.He was part of one of the greatest tv casts ever assembled for a comedy series.Sadly almost all of the cast is gone now and only Ed Asner and Betty White are still with us now.Ed Asner’s tweet about this is especially poignant.RIP Gavin MaCleod.

      1. It got a lot of airtime on Nick at Nite between around 1996-2000, that’s when I first discovered the show. They even had a “Marython” in 1996 and again in 1997, where for 7 nights their entire schedule consisted of only MTM episodes. 1 season per night. In the second year they had an additional night where they aired the 20th Anniversary Special from 1990. Mark Trevorrow/Bob Downe did promos and episode intros for it. My VCR got a workout in those days haha.
        Then in the early 2000s it was on Channel Seven of an afternoon for a little while, in Sydney at least. Many scenes were cut and the picture quality was not as good as the Nick at Nite versions.

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