Date created: April 2010
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Birthdate :February 28, 1930
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Gavin MacLeod Timeline
1945While he was playing football at Pleasantville High School, he received word from his family, about his father, who had died in 1945, from cancer. After his father's death, his quit the football team, and went back to acting.
1947Graduated from Pleasantville High School in Pleasantville, New York, in 1947, and received a scholarship to Ithaca College.
1961Had met Mary Tyler Moore on an episode of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961), years before he worked with her on "Mary Tyler Moore" (1970), as her newswriter.
1962Had quit his role on "McHale's Navy" (1962), due to his battle with alcoholism in 1964. It was suggested by his family and best friend Robert Blake that he to go to an alcohol clinic, where he was getting help. Right around the same time, he also left to do The Sand Pebbles (1966).
1968Before he was cast opposite Jack Lord in "Hawaii Five-O" (1968), he worked with Lord opposite Betsy Palmer in The True Story of Lynn Stuart (1958).
1970Was a close friend (30 years) of actor Ted Knight long before they appeared together on "Mary Tyler Moore" (1970).
1970Best known by the public for his starring roles as Murray Slaughter on "Mary Tyler Moore" (1970) and as Capt. Merrill Stubing on "The Love Boat" (1977).
1970Future actor Ted Lange was said to be an idol of MacLeod's, when he used to watch each and every episode of "Mary Tyler Moore" (1970), before he co-starred with him on "The Love Boat" (1977).
1970Met Bernie Kopell on the set of "Mary Tyler Moore" (1970), before he co-starred with MacLeod on "The Love Boat" (1977).
1977His "The Love Boat" (1977) captain exposure led to a long-running gig promoting the Princess Cruises.
1977Was not the first choice to audition for the lead role as Capt. Merrill Stubing on "The Love Boat" (1977), it was when Aaron Spelling approached Dick Van Patten to play that role, when he was already doing "Eight Is Enough" (1977) at the time.
1977Remained good friends with Ted Lange during and after "The Love Boat" (1977).
1977Is one of the three actors to have appeared in every episode of "The Love Boat" (1977).
1977Has made $20,000-plus for each "The Love Boat" (1977) episode.
1977Got the lead role on "The Love Boat" (1977) with the encouragement of Aaron Spelling.
1977His "The Love Boat" (1977) co-star, Jill Whelan, invited him and Bernie Kopell, to her wedding in 2004.
1980Used to be a spokesperson for Princess Cruises in the 1980s.
1984Used to be the spokesperson of ELKS - National Foundation Drug Awareness Council in 1984.
1993January 19, 2004: featured on "Late Show with David Letterman" (1993) in their segment "Is It Potatoes or Gavin MacLeod?". It was, in fact, Gavin MacLeod.
2004His mother, Margaret See, died on January 4, 2004, she lived to be 97.
2010Had a back operation in 2010.