The Pacific Princess wouldn’t have been the same without her everlasting smile. A certain Mark See announced a sad news to the American news site TMZ, this Saturday, May 29: the death of his uncle, Gavin MacLeod. The actor known to have slipped into the skin of Captain Stubing in the series The Cruise has fun died at the age of 90 years in the morning of this Saturday, May 29. The causes of his death have not been disclosed. Big name of sitcoms, the deceased was also known for his role in the Mary Tyler Moore Show, as People magazine recalled.
Gavin MacLeod brought the character of Murray Slaughter to life there before joining The Fun Cruise in 1977, a soap opera to which he has remained faithful for nine seasons. What to encourage his accomplice on the screen, in Mary Tyler Moore Show, Ed Asner to pay him a vibrant tribute on Twitter. “My heart is broken,” said the comedian, “Gavin was my brother, my accomplice.” Allan George See, whose real name is, perhaps didn’t expect to be so successful, given his military background.
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
Gavin MacLeod battled alcoholism and depression
Indeed, the American magazine Variety recalls that Gavin MacLeod studied theater at Ithaca College before getting involved in the air force. After working as a bailiff and elevator operator at Radio City Music Hall, his passion for comedy finally triumphed. He chose to focus more on his acting career, changing his name in the process. Broadway opened its doors to him and the world of television quickly followed. But besides this journey, Gavin MacLeod also had some low blows.
In his memoir, titled This is Your Captain Speaking: My Fantastic Voyage Through Hollywood, Faith & Life, he spoke about the major upheavals in his life. Namely, his two marriages to Patty MacLeod (née Kendig) and Joan Devore, his heart attacks but also his struggles with depression and alcoholism. He leaves behind his wife Patty (from whom he divorced in 1982 before saying “yes” to her a second time three years later) and his four children.
Gavin MacLeod © Backgrid USA