Gavin MacLeod

Actor


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In his three-hour Archive interview, Gavin MacLeod talks about changing his name from Allan See to Gavin MacLeod and his early years as an actor in theater, movies and as a guest on such television series as Peter Gunn and The Untouchables. He discusses his appearance as a regular on McHale's Navy and how despite playing the character of "Happy Haines," it was an unhappy period in his life where he experienced a bout with alcoholism. He speaks earnestly about inspiring others to overcome such obstacles and describes his own career resurgence after appearing in Robert Wise's "The Sand Pebbles" and as a notable recurring character on Hawaii Five-O. MacLeod then details the roles on the two series for which he is best remembered and most beloved, playing "Murray Slaughter" on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and "Captain Merrill Stubing" on The Love Boat. Regardng both series, he talks about how he was cast, his thoughts on the other regulars and the series creators and reminisces about memorable series episodes. He also mentions his recent talk show series Back on Course: A Ministry for Marriages, a series on the Trinity Broadcasting Network that he co-hosted with his wife Patti. Karen Herman conducted the interview on January 3, 2003 in Santa Monica, CA.

"You think about this guy that tried to commit suicide during 'McHale's Navy' and is now with his wife trying to save peoples' lives. What a change, huh?"      

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Highlights
Actor Gavin MacLeod on being cast as "Murray Slaughter" on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Gavin MacLeod on the legacy of The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Gavin MacLeod on his role as Seaman Joseph "Happy" Haines on McHale's Navy
Actor Gavin MacLeod on his first television appearance, an "under five" on Lamp Unto My Feet
Actor Gavin MacLeod on his role as "Big Chicken" on Hawaii Five-O
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early years and interest in acting; on his early theatre work; on his first job in television on Lamp Unto My Feet

Chapter 2

On changing his name; on some of his early film (Operation Petticoat) and television work (The Untouchables, Perry Mason, Peter Gunn, The Dick Van Dyke Show)

Chapter 3

On his role as Seaman Joseph "Happy" Haines on McHale's Navy
On his stage and television roles including Rat Patrol, Hogan's Heroes, and Hawaii Five-O following his departure from McHale's
On being cast as "Murray Slaughter" on The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Chapter 4

On co-starring on The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Chapter 5

On the legacy of The Mary Tyler Moore Show
On his plans after The Mary Tyler Moore Show ended; starring in The Love Boat

Chapter 6

On starring in The Love Boat (continued)
On hosting Back on Course
On the importance of working; on his advice to aspiring actors
Shows

Back on Course

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Gavin MacLeod on hosting Back on Course

Dick Van Dyke Show, The

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Actor Gavin MacLeod on appearing on an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show

Hawaii Five-O

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Actor Gavin MacLeod on his role as "Big Chicken" on Hawaii Five-O

Hogan's Heroes

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Gavin MacLeod on his appearances on Hogan's Heroes

Lamp Unto My Feet

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Actor Gavin MacLeod on his first television appearance, an "under five" on Lamp Unto My Feet

Love Boat, The

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Gavin MacLeod on starring in The Love Boat
Gavin MacLeod on the difference between The Love Boat and The Love Boat: The Next Wave

Love Boat, The: The Next Wave

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Gavin MacLeod on the difference between The Love Boat and The Love Boat: The Next Wave

Mary Tyler Moore Show, The

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Actor Gavin MacLeod on being cast as "Murray Slaughter" on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Gavin MacLeod on co-starring on The Mary Tyler Moore Show  and the episode "Murray in Love"
Gavin MacLeod on the series finale of The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Gavin MacLeod on the legacy of The Mary Tyler Moore Show

McHale's Navy

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Gavin MacLeod on his role as Seaman Joseph "Happy" Haines on McHale's Navy

Perry Mason

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Actor Gavin MacLeod on playing different characters on series - Perry Mason and Peter Gunn

Rat Patrol, The

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Gavin MacLeod on his brief role on an episode of The Rat Patrol

Untouchables, The

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Actor Gavin MacLeod on appearing on episodes of The Untouchables
Topics

Comedy

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Gavin MacLeod on the series finale of The Mary Tyler Moore Show
People

Bob Crane

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Gavin MacLeod on his appearances on Hogan's Heroes

Cary Grant

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Actor Gavin MacLeod on Cary Grant

Ted Knight

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Gavin MacLeod on Ted Knight

Mary Tyler Moore

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Gavin MacLeod on Mary Tyler Moore

Grant Tinker

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Gavin MacLeod on Grant Tinker

Robert Urich

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Gavin MacLeod on the difference between The Love Boat and The Love Boat: The Next Wave

Betty White

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Gavin MacLeod on Betty White, a "national treasure"

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