Gavin MacLeod, the actor best known for satiating TV news writer Murray Slaughter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show and the cheerful Captain Stubing on The Love Boat, has died at the age of 90.
MacLeod died early Saturday at his home in Palm Desert, Calif. His stepdaughter Stephanie Steele Zalin said. She considered his death according to his age. By saying that he was fine until recently.
“He had one of the most amazing and fun lives of anyone I know. He enjoyed every minute of it,” said Steele Zalin. “I don’t think in his wildest dreams. He dreamed of the life he had and created.”
she called him “The best man, the sweetest and the purest”
Ed Asner, who plays opposite MacLeod on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, said on Twitter: “My heart is broken. Gavin is my brother. My partner in crime (and food) and my accomplice.”
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 in movies before landing his part in Murray Slaughter in the 1970s.
He was originally tested for Lou Grant, Moore’s TV host. The role assigned to Asner Realizing that he’s unfit for the grumpy, enraged head of a television newsroom, MacLeod asks if he could try becoming a tumultuous TV news writer instead. His jokes often cost the bald anchor Ted Baxter.
Mary Tyler Moore’s performance was a great show from the start. And it’s still a classic situational comedy. It was still top-rated when Moore, who plays news producer Mary Richards, decided to end it after seven seasons.
MacLeod moves on 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 works 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 1970s. He also wrote that hair loss at an early age made it difficult for him to find work as an actor.
“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 had to buy myself a wig.” Wig changed his luck “very quickly” by the time he reached middle age. He doesn’t need a wig.
In an interview with the Associated Press in 2013, MacLeod often referred to the word “filial piety” as he reflected on the reborn Christian faith. Survived two heart attacks and his strong life.
“That’s the big word in my life. I’m just so thankful that I have another day, another day, and my kids are doing well,” he said.
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 school, Mount Kisco residents in New York state Has become a supporting actor in A Hatful of Rain and other Broadway plays. and in movies like 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 in McHale’s Navy from 1962 to 1964 as Mariner Joseph Happy Haines.
He auditioned for the role of Archie Bunker in All in the Family, but he quickly realized that Carroll’s character. Immortal O’Connor 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 from actor and dancer Patti Steele after MacLeod quit drinking. He and Steele remarried in 1985.
grow up Catholic He credits Steele for their mutually reborn faith. The couple hosted a Christian radio program called Back on Course: A Ministry for Marriages.
besides his wife MacLeod survivors also include his children. Three stepson, 10 grandchildren and his first great-grandson. which arrived in December, Steele Zalin said.