Gavin MacLeod

Actor
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 ... Read more »
Born: 02/28/1931 in Mount Kisco, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (70)

Backstage 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry 2009 (Movie)

Jonathan Sperry (Actor)

The 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

That '70s Show 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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ABC 50th Anniversary Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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JAG 2003 (Tv Show)

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Oz 1997 - 2003 (TV Show)

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TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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TV Road Trip: Los Angeles 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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The Mary Tyler Moore Reunion 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Burke's Law 1993 - 1994, 1998 - 1999, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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Inside TV Land 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Love Boat: The Next Wave 1998 - 1999, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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The King of Queens 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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The Love Boat 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Time Changer 2002 (Movie)

Dr Norris Anderson (Actor)

TV Guide's Truth Behind the Sitcoms 3 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Performer

An All Star Party For Aaron Spelling 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Ed Asner: Lovable Grouch 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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If I Die Before I Wake 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Mary Tyler Moore: The 20th Anniversary Show 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The Last Act Is a Solo 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The Love Boat: The Christmas Cruise 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The Love Boat: The Shipshape Cruise 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The Love Boat: Who Killed Maxwell Thorn? 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

The ABC All-Star Spectacular 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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Whatever Became Of...? 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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The Big Show 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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Alan King's Third Annual Final Warning!! 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Mitzi... What's Hot, What's Not 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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The Mary Tyler Moore Show 1970 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Ironside 1967 - 1975 (TV Show)

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Mitzi and a Hundred Guys 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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Kelly's Heroes 1970 (Movie)

Moriarity (Actor)

A Man Called Gannon 1969 (Movie)

Lou (Actor)

The Comic 1969 (Movie)

1st Director (Actor)

The Party 1968 (Movie)

C S Divot (Actor)

McHale's Navy 1962 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sand Pebbles 1966 (Movie)

Crosley (Actor)

Deathwatch 1965 (Movie)

Emil (Actor)

McHale's Navy 1963 (Movie)

Seaman Joseph "Happy" Hanes (Actor)

War Hunt 1961 (Movie)

Pvt Crotty (Actor)

High Time 1960 (Movie)

Thayer (Actor)

Twelve Hours to Kill 1960 (Movie)

Johnny Carver (Actor)

Compulsion 1959 (Movie)

Padua (Actor)

Operation Petticoat 1959 (Movie)

Hunkle (Actor)

The Gene Krupa Story 1959 (Movie)

Ted Krupa (Actor)

I Want to Live! 1958 (Movie)

Lieutenant (Actor)

Murder Can Hurt You! (TV Show)

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Only With Married Men (TV Show)

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Ransom For Alice! (TV Show)

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Scruples (TV Show)

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Student Exchange (TV Show)

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The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Show)

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The Intruders (TV Show)

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The Love Boat (TV Show)

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The New Love Boat (TV Show)

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Biography

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.

Relationships

Julie MacLeod

Daughter

Meghan MacLeod

Daughter

David MacLeod

Son

Keith MacLeod

Son

Andrew

Step-Son

Tommy

Step-Son

Stephanie

Step-Daughter

Patti Steele

Wife
married in 1974 divorced in 1982 remarried in 1985

Milestones

2000

Had featured role in the stage muscial "Copacabana", produced in Dallas

1969

Last feature role to date "Kelly's Heroes"

1969

TV-movie debut, "The Intruders" (NBC)

1968

Played a heavy named 'Big Chicken' on episode of "Hawaii Five-O" (CBS)

1968

Played nemesis to Peter Sellers in "The Party"

1962

Played regular role of Happy Hanes on "McHale's Navy" (ABC)

1962

Appeared on the New York stage in "The Captains and the Kings"

1958

Feature film debut as a policeman in "I Want to Live"

1957

Had early TV work in episode of "The Whirlybirds" (syndicated)

1956

Broadway debut, "A Hatful of Rain"

With his wife Patti, hosted Trinity Broadcasting series "Back on Course: A Ministry for Marriages"

Portrayed Captain Merrill Steubing, piloting "The Love Boat" (ABC)

Appeared in several TV-movie sequels to "The Love Boat", reprising his role of Captain Steubing

Played newswriter Murray Slaughter on the long-running CBS sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"

In the 1990s, made frequent stage appearances in musical and light comedies

Reprised role of Happy in big screenoutings of "McHale's Navy"

Bonus Trivia

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

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

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