In the early 1950s, he took the stage name in remembrance of Beatrice MacLeod, his theater teacher at Ithaca. He chose his first name, Gavin, after a character in an episode of the anthology television series “Climax.”
After finding work on stage, MacLeod made his television debut as a guest star in “The Walter Winchell Files,” a crime drama. His first credited film role was a small part as a police lieutenant in “I Want to Live!”, a 1958 drama with Susan Hayward as a woman on death row. Starred in the Korean War movie “Pork Chop Hill” and Blake’s naval comedy. Edward’s “Operation Petticoat”;
During the 1960s, Mr. MacLeod made frequent appearances in television series. He has guest-starred roles on “Perry Mason,” “Combat!”, “Death Valley Days,” “Dr. Kildare,” “The Untouchables” and more. His part in “McHale’s Navy,” starring Ernest Borgnine, was his first work as a regular drama. His character, Seaman Joseph Haines, one of the abusive crew aboard World War II’s PT ship, was known as Happy. feel less active what is not
“I have two lines a week,” McLeod said in a videotaped interview for the Archive of American Television. “I started to feel sorry for myself. I started drinking. I felt like as an actor I was just going down the pipe. ”
As he told the story One night he was driving drunk on Mulholland Drive in the hills above Los Angeles. when he decides to kill himself by impulsively driving off the road but he stopped himself Shaken hit the brakes at the last moment. He remembers walking to the nearby house of a friend named Robert Blake, who persuaded him to see a psychiatrist.
He retired from “McHale’s Navy” in 1964 after two seasons. and start searching for more satisfying parts. including a supporting role in the 1966 film “The Sand Pebbles” with Steve McQueen.