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Gavin MacLeod, star of The Love Boat and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, passes away at the age of 90


Gavin MacLeod, known for his lead roles on the classic television shows The Love Boat and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, has passed away at the age of 90.

The veteran actor’s nephew Mark See told TMZ that his uncle was surrounded by loved ones and caretakers when he died overnight on Saturday morning at his home in Palm Desert, California.

Gavin’s ex-wife Joan Devore revealed further details to the news outlet, confirming that MacLeod had been hospitalized over the past few months with various illnesses, though his actual cause of death was unclear.  

Sad: Gavin MacLeod, known for his lead roles on the classic television shows The Love Boat and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, has passed away at the age of 90. Seen in 2004

According to both See and Devore, the beloved star’s death was not related to COVID-19.

Gavin is internationally known for starring as Captain Merrill Stubing on the ABC series The Love Boat, which aired from 1977 to 1986. He was one of only three cast members to appear in all 250 episodes of the Aaron Spelling-produced show in addition to three made-for-TV movies.

He is also famous for portraying head television writer Murray Slaughter on CBS’s The Mary Tyler Moore Show. MacLeod starred opposite Moore’s lead character Mary Richards  in all 168 episodes of its seven-year run from 1970 to 1977.  

The United States Air Force veteran launched his career at the age of 26 when he landed a role on The Walter Winchell File. Gavin’s first regular television role began in 1962 when he was cast as Joseph “Happy” Haines in McHale’s Navy, a part he played for two seasons before leaving to star in the 1966 film The Sand Pebbles, opposite Steve McQueen. 

All aboard: Gavin is internationally known for starring as Captain Merrill Stubing on the ABC series The Love Boat which aired from 1977 to 1986. He was one of only three cast members to appear in all 250 episodes of the Aaron Spelling-produced show in addition to three made-for-TV movies

All aboard: Gavin is internationally known for starring as Captain Merrill Stubing on the ABC series The Love Boat which aired from 1977 to 1986. He was one of only three cast members to appear in all 250 episodes of the Aaron Spelling-produced show in addition to three made-for-TV movies

Classic: He is also famous for portraying head television writer Murray Slaughter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. MacLeod starred opposite Moore's lead character Mary Richards in all 168 episodes of its seven-year run from 1970 to 1977

Classic: He is also famous for portraying head television writer Murray Slaughter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. MacLeod starred opposite Moore’s lead character Mary Richards in all 168 episodes of its seven-year run from 1970 to 1977

His prolific body of television work includes appearances on The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Untouchables, Dr. Kildare, Rawhide, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., The Man from U.N.C.L.E., My Favorite Martian, Hogan’s Heroes, Combat!, The Big Valley, The Andy Griffith Show, It Takes a Thief, The Flying Nun, The King of Queens, and That ’70s Show.

Gavin was recently seen this past February when he joined his Love Boat co-stars for a virtual reunion on SiriusXM’s Stars In The House. The streaming concert series benefits the Actor’s Fund, which helps struggling artists amid the ongoing pandemic.

MacLeod donned his signature captain’s hat as he greeted his former cast members including Fred Grandy (Gopher), Ted Lange (Isaac), Bernie Kopell (Doc), Lauren Tewes (Julie), and Jill Whelan (Vicki) as well as fan favorite and frequent guest star Charo (April Lopez) and musician Jack Jones, who performed the series’ famed opening theme song. 

Back together: Gavin was recently seen this past February when he joined his Love Boat co-stars for a virtual reunion on SiriusXM's Stars In The House. The streaming concert series benefits the Actor's Fund, which helps struggling artists amid the ongoing pandemic

Back together: Gavin was recently seen this past February when he joined his Love Boat co-stars for a virtual reunion on SiriusXM’s Stars In The House. The streaming concert series benefits the Actor’s Fund, which helps struggling artists amid the ongoing pandemic

Good times: MacLeod donned his signature captain's hat as he greeted his former cast members including Fred Grandy (Gopher), Ted Lange (Isaac), Bernie Kopell (Doc), Lauren Tewes (Julie), and Jill Whelan (Vicki) as well as fan favorite and frequent guest star Charo (April Lopez) and musician Jack Jones, who performed the series' famed opening theme song

Good times: MacLeod donned his signature captain’s hat as he greeted his former cast members including Fred Grandy (Gopher), Ted Lange (Isaac), Bernie Kopell (Doc), Lauren Tewes (Julie), and Jill Whelan (Vicki) as well as fan favorite and frequent guest star Charo (April Lopez) and musician Jack Jones, who performed the series’ famed opening theme song

Tell all: In 2013, the star opened up about his years-long struggle with depression and alcohol in his autobiography, This Is Your Captain Speaking: My Fantastic Voyage Through Hollywood, Faith & Life. Seen in 2014

Tell all: In 2013, the star opened up about his years-long struggle with depression and alcohol in his autobiography, This Is Your Captain Speaking: My Fantastic Voyage Through Hollywood, Faith & Life. Seen in 2014

In 2013, the star opened up about his years-long struggle with depression and alcohol in his  autobiography, This Is Your Captain Speaking: My Fantastic Voyage Through Hollywood, Faith & Life.

‘I’ve gotten to do what I wanted to do. I’ve been a captain!’ MacLeod said in an interview with People. 

He became sober in 1974, suffered two heart attacks and was divorced twice. His first marriage to Devore ended in 1972 and he later remarried his second wife, Patti Steele, in 1985 after they first divorced in 1982.

‘I’ve been given this incredible gift of life and now I want to use it to give back.

‘That’s why I’m sharing my story here, the fun parts and even some not-so-fun parts, in the hopes that maybe someone will take a nice walk down memory lane with me and maybe I’ll even give someone a little bit of hope,’ he told People. 

The actor who played the lovable captain later served as the global ambassador for Princess Cruises.

In Gavin’s autobiography, he shared a few tidbits about his famous co-stars throughout the years. 

Over the course of his stage and screen career, Gavin worked with legendary stars like Cary Grant, Bette Davis, Frank Sinatra, as well as Ronald Reagan, before he become President. 

Life imitating art: The actor who played the lovable captain later served as the global ambassador for Princess Cruises

Life imitating art: The actor who played the lovable captain later served as the global ambassador for Princess Cruises

Icons: Over the course of his stage and screen career, Gavin worked with legendary stars like Cary Grant, Bette Davis, Frank Sinatra, as well as Ronald Reagan, before he become President. Pictured in 2003

Icons: Over the course of his stage and screen career, Gavin worked with legendary stars like Cary Grant, Bette Davis, Frank Sinatra, as well as Ronald Reagan, before he become President. Pictured in 2003



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