MacLeod, who starred opposite Asner on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, died today at his home in Palm Desert, California, aged 90. While no cause of death was revealed, the actor had reportedly been in ill health over the last few months. His passing was confirmed by his nephew, Mark See.
“My heart is broken. Gavin was my brother, my partner in crime (and food) and my comic conspirator,” wrote Asner. ” I will see you in a bit Gavin. Tell the gang I will see them in a bit. Betty! It’s just you and me now.”
Asner was referring, toward the end of his message, to screen legend Betty White. The five-time Emmy winner is now the only other living alum of Moore’s iconic CBS comedy series.
MacLeod appeared in all 168 episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, portraying head writer Murray Slaughter. Apart from that series, he is best known for his turn as The Love Boat‘s Captain Merrill Stubing. Between 1957 and 2014, MacLeod earned a total of 108 credits in film and TV.
Also taking to Twitter today to pay tribute to the late actor was Maureen McCormick, the actress best known for her turn as The Brady Bunch‘s Marcia Brady, who also played various roles on The Love Boat. “Rest In Peace my dear friend Gavin Macleod,” she wrote. “Thank you for all the special and beautiful heart filled conversations about life. I will always treasure the time I was lucky enough to spend with you. Love you #GavinMacleod.”
Then, there was filmmaker Kevin Smith, who shared fond memories of growing up with MacLeod’s performances. “As a 70’s/80’s kid, I spent many a Saturday night with my Mom, Dad, Brother and Sister watching LOVE BOAT,” he wrote. “So I was unexpectedly sad to see Gavin MacLeod has cruised on to that Puerto Vallarta in the sky! Thanks for the many memories, Captain Stubing – here and at WJM-TV! #RIP.”
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My heart is broken. Gavin was my brother, my partner in crime (and food) and my comic conspirator. I will see you in a bit Gavin. Tell the gang I will see them in a bit. Betty! It’s just you and me now. pic.twitter.com/se4fwh7G1G
— Ed Asner (@TheOnlyEdAsner) May 29, 2021
Rest In Peace my dear friend Gavin Macleod❤️ Thank you for all the special and beautiful heart filled conversations about life. I will always treasure the time I was lucky enough to spend with you. Love you #GavinMacleod 💓 pic.twitter.com/4r3AbpCaSX
— Maureen McCormick (@MoMcCormick7) May 29, 2021
As a 70’s/80’s kid, I spent many a Saturday night with my Mom, Dad, Brother and Sister watching LOVE BOAT. So I was unexpectedly sad to see Gavin MacLeod has cruised on to that Puerto Vallarta in the sky! Thanks for the many memories, Captain Stubing – here and at WJM-TV! #RIP https://t.co/MRyW51tuTb
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) May 29, 2021
It seems like I just wished you a happy 90th birthday #GavinMacLeod, and now you have set sail on to a new adventure. So many fun memories through the years!!! Love you with all my heart, thank you for the light you brought to others #CaptainStubing #LoveBoat 💋 pic.twitter.com/tEY9Iu3tLw
— Marie Osmond (@marieosmond) May 29, 2021
Murray *gathers every ounce of courage*: Mary, I LOVE YOU.
Mary *super platonic hug*: and I luv you too.
RIP Gavin Macleod pic.twitter.com/FTld5MbsnN
— Julie Cohen (@FilmmakerJulie) May 30, 2021
Gavin MacLeod will always be a member of our family and the best neighbor anyone could ever have. Our hearts are aching, we will miss him terribly and love him forever. Godspeed, dear friend.💔💙 pic.twitter.com/jN7wE4M7Be
— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) May 29, 2021
Gavin MacLeod died this morning. He was so kind to me when I was younger & always let me come to the set of “The Love Boat” and just hang out and watch. I went to see him a few years back and we reconnected. He was the best ever, a sweet and genuine man. I will miss him — 😢 pic.twitter.com/zj7wa4KF4G
— Jeffrey Ballard (@jeffballardpr) May 29, 2021
(1/3) It is with sadness felt to the depth of the oceans that we mourn the passing of actor #GavinMacLeod, our beloved global ambassador, dearest friend, and treasured member of the #PrincessCruises family for more than 35 years. pic.twitter.com/ENz23WijdL
— Princess Cruises (@PrincessCruises) May 29, 2021