LOS ANGELES (AP) — Veteran supporting actor Gavin MacLeod rose to fame as Murray Slaughter, the satirical television news writer on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” before becoming even more famous as the cheerful captain in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” The Mary Tyler Moore Show “Love Boat” has died at the age of 90.
MacLeod died early Saturday, his nephew Mark See told Variety recently that MacLeod’s health was deteriorating, but no cause of death was identified. trade publications report
MacLeod is known to sitcom fans for its bald head and broad smile. He has been working anonymously for over a decade. He appeared in dozens of TV shows and movies before taking on the role of Mary Tyler Moore in 1970.
He had originally tested Moore’s head of TV, Lou Grant. Realizing he wasn’t suited to being an angry, angry head of a television newsroom, MacLeod asked if he could try becoming a tumultuous TV news writer instead. His jokes always made Ted. Bald news anchor Baxter loses.
“The Mary Tyler Moore Show” was a hit from the start and remains a classic situational comedy. It produced two spinoffs, “Rhoda” and “Phyllis,” starring Valerie. Harper and Cloris Leishman, depicting Mary’s neighbors.
It was still top-rated when Moore, who plays news producer Mary Richards, decided to end it after seven seasons.
MacLeod moves to “The Love Boat,” a romantic comedy where guest stars from Gene Kelly to Janet Jackson cruise and fall in love with each other.
despite being insulted by critics The series was very popular. It lasted 11 seasons and featured several TV movies. including two stories that MacLeod still controls the cruise ship. It also resulted in him being hired to pitch TV for Princess Cruise Lines.
“The critics hate it. They call it mindless TV. But we became goodwill ambassadors,” he told the Los Angeles Times in 2013.
His last TV credits include “Touched by An Angel,” “JAG” and “The King of Queens.”
MacLeod’s cheerful on-screen personality is in stark contrast to his personal life. In his 2013 memoir, “This Is Your Captain talking,” MacLeod admitted that he battled alcoholism in the 1960s and 70s. He also wrote that hair loss at an early age led him to find work as an actor. difficult
“I went all over town looking for agents. But no one was interested in representing the bald young man,” he wrote. “I knew what I had to do. I have to buy myself a wig.” Wig changed his luck. “Rather early” by middle age He doesn’t need a wig.
MacLeod, formerly Allan See, takes his first name from a French film. And his surname comes from a drama teacher at Ithaca College in New York, which encouraged him to pursue an acting career.
After college at Mount Kisco, the New Yorker became a contributor to “A Hatful of Rain” and other Broadway plays. and in movies such as “I Want to Live!” and “Operation Petticoat.”
He was a guest on TV shows throughout the 1960s, including “Hogan’s Heroes,” “Hawaii Five-O” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” He also appeared on “McHale’s Navy” from 1962 to 1964 as a crew. Joseph “Happy” Haines
One of the key roles he auditioned for: Archie Bunker in “All in the Family,” but he quickly realized that the immortalized character Carol O’Conner was wrong for him. “I immediately thought that ‘This is not a script for me. The characters are too stubborn. I can’t say these things,” MacLeod wrote in his diary.
Other film credits include “Kelly’s Heroes,” “The Sand Pebbles” and “The Sword of Ali Baba.”
MacLeod has four children with his first wife, Joan Rootvik, whom he divorced in 1972. He is the son of an alcoholic and his drinking problems helped lead to a second divorce for Patti Steele, but only after MacLeod broke up. Drinking, he and Steele remarried in 1985.
The couple later hosted a Christian radio program called “Back on Course: A Ministry for Marriages.”
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