Gavin macleod, the remembered captain of ‘Vacations at sea’, passed away this saturday at 90 years old, without the cause being transcended for the moment, reported his relatives.
The death was confirmed by Mark See, the artist’s nephew, to Variety magazine.
He was 90 years old, said the publication, which recalled that the health of the also activist and author “had worsened in recent months.”.
Born in Mount Kisco, New York State, MacLeod, whose name was originally Allan George See, was raised in Pleasantville, New Jersey.
His mother worked for Reader’s Digest, according to Variety, while his father was the owner of a gas station and a descendant of the native Chippewa people., also known as ojibwa, detailed the film industry information portal IMDb.
After graduating in 1952 in Fine Arts and serving in the military in the Air Force, moved to New York, where he worked as an usher and elevator operator at Radio City Music Hall, but decides to go later to Los Angeles.
After some minor roles on the big screen and on television, his film debut took place in 1958 with the film “I want lo live” and since then he has participated in different productions as a supporting actor or playing sporadic characters, mainly as a villain.
But it was his performance as Murray Slaughter, a news writer on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which aired between 1970 and 1977, the one that gave him popularity and with which he reached two Golden Globe nominations.
International recognition came from the hand of his leading role in the television series ‘Vacations at the Sea’ (1977), which aired between 1977 and 1986.
After learning of MacLeod’s death, Ed Asner, his partner on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, said his heart was broken.
“Gavin was my brother, my partner in crime (and food), and my comic conspirator. I’ll see you in a bit, Gavin. Tell the gang I’ll see you guys in a bit. Betty, it’s just you and me now”He wrote in reference to actress Betty White, who played the character of Sue Ann Nivens in the series.
Also Princess Cruises, the cruise line that provided the ship for ‘Holidays at Sea’, mourned the death of the actor, whom it described as its “beloved world ambassador”.
MacLeod is survived by four children by his first wife, Joan Rootvik, and his second wife, actress Patti Kendig, whom he married in 1974 and again in 1985, after they divorced in 1982.