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May 29 2021
Gavin MacLeod, McHALE'S NAVY, MARY TYLER MOORE & THE LOVE BOAT Star, Dies @ 90 Comments (0)

GiphyWhat a fun gig this was for him — he even tap-danced with Ginger Rogers! (GIF via GIPHY)

Sadly, TV icon Gavin MacLeod has died at 90 after several months of failing health.

He was one of those familiar faces who seemed to go on and on. In fact, while his death leaves just two Mary Tyler Moore main cast members (Ed Asner and Betty White), he was the first of the crew from The Love Boat to die — and that's a 40-plus-year-old show.

His career stretched back to the late '50s, and encompassed an astonishing number of early-TV shows.

In his later life, he became an Evangelical Protestant. While I expect I would disagree with him on many issues, his religiosity seemed to be expressed with warmth and kindness, and didn't keep him from good work on something as un-Evangelical as Oz (on which he appeared in 2000).

Full obit here.