Captain Stubing of Love Boat, died at 90
Gavin MacLeod, the captain of the TV series “Love Boat”, died at the age of 90 in Palm Desert . Interpreter of about twenty films and dozens of episodes of TV series, his popularity is linked above all to the character of Captain Merrill Stubing, who welcomes passengers with an unmistakable smile during their dream vacation: he was one of the main protagonists of the American television series “Love Boat” set on the cruise ship “Pacific Princess ”, participating in all 249 episodes produced between 1977 and 1987, one of which was shot in Genoa.
Born as Allan George See in Mount Kisco, New York on February 28, 1931, after his military service he moved to New York with the dream of becoming a theater actor.
In 1956 he made his Broadway debut in the drama ‘A Hat Full of Rain’ with his stage name: Gavin was the name of a television personality, while MacLeod was the surname of his acting teacher. Noticed by director Blake Edwards, he made his debut in the cinema in 1958 with the comedy “Operation Petticoat” in which MacLeod played the brilliant role of the sailor Ernest Hunkle, defined by Lieutenant Nick Holden (Tony Curtis) “the sexiest chest in the Navy”, due to the showy tattoo of a dancer worn on the chest.
Also by Edwards he was directed in the films “Two is another thing ”(1960) and“ Hollywood Party ”(1968).
In the period 1959-1962 MacLeod took part in several episodes of the telefilm “The untouchables” and between 1962 and 1964 he obtained his first major television role, that of the sailor Joseph “Happy” Haines in the telefilm “A crew all crazy”. He became popular worldwide playing Commander Merrill Stubing in the series “Love Boat”: for this role he received three Golden Globe nominations in different categories in 1979, 1981 and 1982. With the cast of the show he also won a TV Land Award.
Since the beginning of the 2000s he has mainly dedicated himself to the activity of evangelical preacher and to campaigns as testimonial in America of cruise ships.