TV Career

Gavin is best known the world over for his ten years as "Capt. Merrill Stubing" on The Love Boat and as the quick-witted "Murray Slaughter" on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.  His TV successes include classic hits such as: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Hogan's Heroes, Perry Mason, Murder She Wrote, and "Big Chicken" on Hawaii Five-O.  Gavin MacLeod was the voice of "Captain Gumble" in Pound Puppies, with Betty White and has made multiple guest appearances on shows including the King of Queens, the HBO Series OZ, Jag​ and That 70's Show.  

​​Gavin in The Dick Van Dyke episode:
The Emperor Carlotta's Necklace

Guest starring on sitcoms played a large part in his long TV career.  Acting has brought Gavin many fond memories and great stories to share about playing characters from priests to the wacky "Maxwell" in this episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show.​​​ Gavin portrays the sales man, Maxwell Cooley trying to sell an anniversary gift to Rob for his wife.


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Gavin and Robert Blake singing "It Should've Been Me"


We bet you didn't know Gavin has a wonderful singing voice.  Though he is a bit modest about it, as you'll see in the video, we hope you will enjoy Gavin performing with Robert Blake in a classic version of "It Should've Been Me."  Theater will always have a special place in his heart, after spending many decades touring onstage; not only with countless greats, but relishing the times playing alongside his wife Patti in "Love Letters." 

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