Gavin MacLeod, Actor On ‘The Love Boat’ And Hundreds More, Dies At Age 90

  • Overnight into Saturday morning, Gavin MacLeod passed away at the age of 90
  • His nephew confirmed that the cause was not COVID-19 related and that MacLeod died peacefully surrounded by loved ones
  • MacLeod was known for dozens of credits such as ‘The Love Boat,’ ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show,’ and acting alongside Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, and Carroll O’Connor in ‘Kelly’s Heroes’ (1970)




Gavin MacLeod died on Saturday morning at his Palm Desert, California home. He had been surrounded by his loved ones and caretakers at the time of his passing. MacLeod’s nephew, Mark See, confirmed the news to TMZ.


MacLeod was an actor known for his roles on The Love Boat and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. He had been active from 1955 to 2017 and passed away at the age of 90 years old. Other roles put him alongside Dick Van Dyke and Raymond Burr.

The broad range of Gavin MacLeod

Gavin MacLeod captaining The Love Boat / Everett Collection

Gavin MacLeod is perhaps best known for a recurring role on The Love Boat, playing Captain Merrill Stubing from 1977 to 1987, for a total of 250 episodes. He’s additionally known for playing Murray Slaughter for 168 episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. He had the key role of playing the head writer at the station Mary worked for.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show / Everett Collection

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But beyond that, MacLeod’s filmography spans decades of movies and TV shows in multiple genres, from drama to comedy, and more. In 1970, he acted alongside Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, and Carroll O’Connor in Kelly’s Heroes. He’s also been in classics such as Perry Mason, The Big Valley, The Andy Griffith Show, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and more.

A quiet night


TMZ reports MacLeod had been in and out of the hospital recently for varying illnesses and, according to his nephew, had loved ones and caretakers around him near his final hours. Currently, there’s no official word on the exact cause of death. However, his ex-wife Joan Devore confirmed it was not related to COVID-19.

In total, MacLeod’s filmography has some hundreds of titles to his name, making him a defining part of the entertainment history through the last century. He is survived by wife Patti and four children and grandchildren.

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