KUSA - He was a '70s and '80s TV fave as Captain Stubing on The Love Boat and as Murray Slaughter on the Mary Tyler Moore show.
And now Gavin MacLeod is coming clean about his long career in showbiz with autobiography, This Is Your Captain Speaking: My Fantastic Voyage Through Hollywood, Faith & Life.
The actor, 82, shares the happy highs and the depressing lows of his life, and writes of how discovering faith gave him true happiness.
Some highlights from the book:
- His battles with depression and near-suicide while working on McHale's Navy, and with alcoholism that led to quitting cold turkey in 1974 (he's been sober for some 39 years).
- His audition for the role of Archie Bunker in All in the Family.
- The painful divorce from his first wife, finding new love with actress/dancer Patti Steele, then a second divorce and their miraculous remarriage.
- The emotional moment when he gave his life to his faith.
- His encounters with some of the world's biggest stars, including Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Ronald Reagan, Steve McQueen, Bette Davis and Robert Redford, among others.
- MacLeod recalls how he brought longtime friend and Mary Tyler Moore co-star Ted Knight to faith just before he died. He also recounts how he was almost cast in the role of Mr. Grant.
- His two heart attacks, a quintuple bypass and other health issues.
"My life has taken one incredible turn after another," writes MacLeod. "I've gotten to do what I wanted to do. I've been a captain! I've been given this incredible gift of life and now I want to use it to give back. That's why I'm sharing my story here, the fun parts and even some not-so-fun parts, in the hopes that maybe someone will take a nice walk down memory lane with me - and maybe I'll even give someone a little bit of hope."
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