While MacLeod never achieved Hollywood stardom, he did have notable roles in movies, beginning with I Want to Live! in 1957 and finishing with Kelly's Heroes in 1970.
Gavin MacLeod still appears in off-broadway plays today and hosted a Christian series of shows with his wife on the Trinity Broadcasting Network in the 1990s.
Gavin first appeared with actress Joyce Bulifant in McHale's Navy. They would later play husband and wife on the 1970s sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
Contrary to how The Mary Tyler Moore Show portrayed their characters, Gavin MacLeod was actually good friends with Ted Knight. They had known each other since the 1950s and had even shared the same agent at one time in the past.
Some of the activities that Gavin MacLeod has participated in outside of acting include being a paid spokesperson for Princess Cruises and representing the charities Feed the Children and Boy's Town, USA. He was honored as "Humanitarian of the Year" by the Gift of Life Foundation in 1992.
Gavin McLeod briefly served in the United States Air Force after finishing college in the 1950s.
Gavin's father was an Ojibwe ("Chippewa") Indian and was the owner of a service station in upstate New York.
MacLeod's first wife, Joan, was a "Rockette" and he met her while working a temporary job at Radio City Music Hall.
Gavin MacLeod was generally overweight and paunchy for much of his early career. He lost weight at the suggestion of producers of The Mary Tyler Moore Show at the same time as Valerie Harper (the summer of 1971).
Unhappy with his divorce and after learning of an illness that his mother faced, Gavin MacLeod became a born-again Christian. This is also chronicled in his book Back on Course: The Remarkable Story of a Divorce that Ended in Remarriage.
MacLeod was offered the role of Captain Stubing on The Love Boat when Dick Van Patten declined it and starred in the series Eight is Enough instead.
Gavin MacLeod has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards - three for Leading Actor in a Musical or Comedy for The Love Boat and two for Supporting Actor for The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
MacLeod took his professional name from the last name of his drama coach at Ithaca College and the first name of a character with cerebral palsy on a 1950s television drama.
Gavin divorced his second wife Patti, but later, re-married her after overcoming bouts with alcoholism.
MacLeod worked as an usher at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, and later landed a part in the Broadway production A Hatful of Rain.
Gavin MacLeod was initially slated to audition for the role of Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show but decided to read for the part of Murray instead.
Gavin MacLeod: (on fame while playing Stubing on "The Love Boat") I went to my (on-camera) captain's table one morning at 7 o'clock and there was Helen Hayes, Maurice Evans, and Mildred Natwick. When I was a little kid I went to the theater to see them.
Gavin MacLeod: (on his first interest in acting as a profession) When I was four years old I was in a Kindergarten play. I took my bow at the end and got applause. That told me, these people like me. I knew from that moment I wanted more of that.
Gavin Macleod: (speaking about his infamous role as the oily drug dealer "Big Chicken" on the show "Hawaii Five-O") But the character was so successful - that first one - that they wrote him again and he came in right at the end of the first year in a show called "The Box." I was up for an Emmy for that one too.