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Also Known As: Gavin Mcleod Died:
Born: February 28, 1930 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Mount Kisco, New York, USA Profession: actor

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Though best known for playing distinctly sunny characters in a trio of long-running and popular television series, Gavin MacLeod was typecast as a heavy for much of his early acting career. Director Blake Edwards first recognized his potential for comedy in 1959's "Operation Petticoat," and he later gained notice as Navy seaman "Happy" Haines on "McHale's Navy" (ABC, 1962-66) and news writer Murray Slaughter on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (CBS, 1970-77). But it was as Merrill Stubing, captain of "The Love Boat" (ABC, 1977-1986) that ensured MacLeod's place in pop culture history, though it would eventually overshadow the large body of work that preceded it. Personal troubles led to a conversion to evangelical Christianity in the mid-1980s, which found MacLeod hosting programming on the Trinity Broadcasting Network while maintaining a reserved presence in secular entertainment.

Though best known for playing distinctly sunny characters in a trio of long-running and popular television series, Gavin MacLeod was typecast as a heavy for much of his early acting career. Director Blake Edwards first recognized his potential for comedy in 1959's "Operation Petticoat," and he later gained notice as Navy seaman "Happy" Haines on "McHale's Navy" (ABC, 1962-66) and news writer Murray Slaughter on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (CBS, 1970-77). But it was as Merrill Stubing, captain of "The Love Boat" (ABC, 1977-1986) that ensured MacLeod's place in pop culture history, though it would eventually overshadow the large body of work that preceded it. Personal troubles led to a conversion to evangelical Christianity in the mid-1980s, which found MacLeod hosting programming on the Trinity Broadcasting Network while maintaining a reserved presence in secular entertainment.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Time Changer (2002) Dr Norris Anderson
3.
 Love Boat: A Valentine Voyage, The (1990) Captain Merrill Stubing
4.
 Love Boat: Who Killed Maxwell Thorn?, The (1987) Captain Merrill Stubing
5.
 Student Exchange (1987) Vice Principal Durfner
6.
 Love Boat: The Christmas Cruise, The (1986) Captain Merrill Stubing
7.
 Love Boat: The Shipshape Cruise, The (1986) Captain Merrill Stubing
8.
 Ransom For Alice! (1977) Yankee Sullivan
9.
 New Love Boat, The (1977) Captain Merrill Stubing
10.
 Only With Married Men (1974) Jordan Robbins
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1956:
Broadway debut, "A Hatful of Rain"
1957:
Had early TV work in episode of "The Whirlybirds" (syndicated)
1958:
Feature film debut as a policeman in "I Want to Live"
1962:
Appeared on the New York stage in "The Captains and the Kings"
1962:
Played regular role of Happy Hanes on "McHale's Navy" (ABC)
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Reprised role of Happy in big screenoutings of "McHale's Navy"
1968:
Played nemesis to Peter Sellers in "The Party"
1969:
Played a heavy named 'Big Chicken' on episode of "Hawaii Five-O" (CBS)
1970:
Last feature role to date "Kelly's Heroes"
1970:
TV-movie debut, "The Intruders" (NBC)
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Played newswriter Murray Slaughter on the long-running CBS sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
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Portrayed Captain Merrill Steubing, piloting "The Love Boat" (ABC)
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Appeared in several TV-movie sequels to "The Love Boat", reprising his role of Captain Steubing
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In the 1990s, made frequent stage appearances in musical and light comedies
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With his wife Patti, hosted Trinity Broadcasting series "Back on Course: A Ministry for Marriages"
2000:
Had featured role in the stage muscial "Copacabana", produced in Dallas
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Notes

Some sources give 1931 as the year of Mr. MacLeod's birth.

MacLeod on "The Love Boat": "I remember TV critics saying 'How could you do it?' But I loved it. I said, 'This is gonna take people away from everyday burdens of life. It'll give them something to dream about." --quoted in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, February 21-28, 1997

MacLeod was a commercial spokesperson for Princess Cruise Lines, the parent company of the fictional "Love Boat".

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wife:
Patti Steele. Singer, dancer. Married in 1974; divorced in 1982; remarried in 1985.

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son:
Keith MacLeod.
son:
David MacLeod.
daughter:
Julie MacLeod.
daughter:
Meghan MacLeod.
step-son:
Tommy.
step-daughter:
Stephanie.
step-son:
Andrew.
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