"Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "The Love Boat" Actor, Gavin MacLeod Dies at 90
Gavin MacLeod, famous for his acting stint in the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "The Love Boat" dies at 90 years old. The death of the actor happened in the early morning of Saturday and was confirmed by his nephew, Mark See on Variety.
Details regarding the cause of death of the "Mary Tyler Moore" actor were not furthered by See, but it was confirmed by Variety that MacLeod's health declined in the recent months.
Gavin MacLeod's Colleagues Expressed Their Sympathies on His Passing
Colleagues and friends of the "Mary Tyler Moore" actor expressed their feelings about Macleod's sudden passing.
In a Twitter post, "Clerks" director Kevin Smith remembered "The Love Boat" actor as he paid tribute to Macleod's iconic roles during his active years in the television.
As a 70’s/80’s kid, I spent many a Saturday night with my Mom, Dad, Brother and Sister watching LOVE BOAT. So I was unexpectedly sad to see Gavin MacLeod has cruised on to that Puerto Vallarta in the sky! Thanks for the many memories, Captain Stubing - here and at WJM-TV! #RIP https://t.co/MRyW51tuTb— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) May 29, 2021
"I was unexpectedly sad to see Gavin MacLeod has cruised onto that Puerto Vallarta in the sky. Thanks for the memories, Captain Stubing," said Smith in his Twitter account.
Smith also mentioned that as a kid who grew up in the 70s and 80s, he spent his Saturdays with his whole family watching "The Love Boat." Ed Asner also said his goodbyes to Macleod. Also starred in the "Mary Tyler Show," Asner said that he and Macleod "are like brothers," and he was broken-hearted for what happened. Asner also mentioned their co-star Betty White, saying "It's just you and me now."
My heart is broken. Gavin was my brother, my partner in crime (and food) and my comic conspirator. I will see you in a bit Gavin. Tell the gang I will see them in a bit. Betty! It’s just you and me now. pic.twitter.com/se4fwh7G1G— Ed Asner (@TheOnlyEdAsner) May 29, 2021
American Actress Maureen McCormick, also Gavin MacLeod's friend, expressed her gratitude to the actor for "all the special and heart-filled conversations about life." McCormick also said that she would "treasure" every moment she got to spend with the actor.
Rest In Peace my dear friend Gavin Macleod❤️ Thank you for all the special and beautiful heart filled conversations about life. I will always treasure the time I was lucky enough to spend with you. Love you #GavinMacleod 💓 pic.twitter.com/4r3AbpCaSX— Maureen McCormick (@MoMcCormick7) May 29, 2021
Gavin MacLeod's Career Through the Years
MacLeod debuted on the big screen in 1958. For his role as a police lieutenant in Susan Hayward's vehicle "I Want to Live." The next year, MacLeod played a G.I. in Gregory Peck's starrer "Pork Chop Hill." In 1960, MacLeod also appeared in the thriller "12 Hours to Kill" with Barbara Eden, and McHale's Navy as seaman Joseph "Happy Haines."
Despite his history in the industry, The Hollywood Reporter emphasized that what made Macleod step into the limelight was when we played the role of the news writer named Murray Slaughter in the "Mary Tyler Moore Show." USA Today reported that Gavin MacLeod's role in the show made acquired him two Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor.
After his acting gig in "Mary Tyler Moore," MacLeod played the role of Captain Merrill Stubbing on "The Love Boat" as he cruised with MS Pacific Cruise Ship for almost 10 years in ABC. MacLeod's acting sting in "The Love Boat" gained him another three Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor.
Variety noted that Gavin MacLeod may hold a record for consecutive long-running series as the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" aired with at least 168 episodes and "The Love Boat" with at least 249 episodes.
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