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The Love Boat star Gavin MacLeod dies aged 90 after suffering ‘various illnesses’


Gavin MacLeod died in California surrounded by friends and family (Picture: Rex)

Veteran actor Gavin MacLeod has died at the age of 90.

The star, famous for his roles on The Love Boat and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, died early Saturday morning, according to TMZ.

His nephew Mark See told the publication he was at home in Palm Desert, California surrounded by friends, family and carers.

The American star of the silver-screen is said to have had numerous hospital stays in recent months after suffering ‘various’ illnesses.

However, it is unclear what caused his death. The actor’s nephew insists his passing was not caused by Covid-19.

MacLeod had a career that spanned more than seven decades.

MacLeod starred in The Love Boat and had a career that spanned seven decades (Picture: Moviestore/Shutterstock)

He is famous for playing Captain Merrill on The Love Boat for 10 years in 250 episodes and a spin-off television movie.

The New York Times said in 2010: ‘Perhaps no actor has embraced a signature role the way Mr. MacLeod has with Captain Stubing. Since “The Love Boat” went off the air, he has been a spokesman for Princess Cruises.’

He had parts in popular shows including Hawaii Five-O, The Man from U.N.C.L.E, The Untouchables, Hogan’s Heroes, Perry Mason, Cain’s Hundred, Peter Gunn, Charlie’s Angels, That 70’s Show, Murder She Wrote and many more.

The actor also made many appearances on talk shows, game shows and variety shows.

He had spots on The Dick Van Dyke Show, Dinah!, The Merv Griffin Show, Celebrity Sweepstakes, Hollywood Squares, The Michael Douglas Show, Donny and Marie, All-Star Family Fortunes and more.

MacLeod has more than 100 acting credits to his name and appeared in a number of Christian-themed shows and films.

His co-star from the Mary Tyler Moore Show, Ed Asner, took to Twitter after hearing the sad news to pay tribute to the actor.

He wrote: ‘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.’

MacLeod’s real name was Allan George See and he was born in Mount Kisco, New York to his mother who worked for Reader’s Digest and his father who was an electrician.

He spent his youth in Pleasantville, New York and graduated from Ithaca College in 1952 after studying acting.

After serving in the United States Air Force he moved to New York City where he worked at Radio City Music Hall as an usher and elevator operator while auditioning in a bid to get his career in showbusiness off the ground.

MacLeod was married from 1955-1972 to Joan Devore who he shared two sons and two daughters with.

He later married Patti Kendig in 1974 and they divorced in 1982 before remarrying in 1985.

MacLeod has more than 100 acting credits to his name and appeared in a number of Christian-themed shows and films.

He is survived by his wife Patti, their four children and their grandchildren.

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