Within the early Nineteen Fifties he adopted his stage identify in remembrance of Beatrice MacLeod, his drama instructor at Ithaca. He selected the primary identify Gavin after a personality on the anthology tv collection “Climax.”
After discovering some stage work, Mr. MacLeod made his tv debut as a visitor star on “The Walter Winchell Recordsdata,” against the law drama. His first credited film function was in “I Wish to Stay!,” a 1958 crime drama with Susan Hayward. In 1959 he appeared within the Korean Conflict movie “Pork Chop Hill” and Blake Edwards’s naval comedy “Operation Petticoat.”
By the Sixties Mr. MacLeod was showing frequently on tv collection, with guest-starring roles on “Perry Mason,” “Fight!,” “Dying Valley Days,” “Dr. Kildare,” “The Untouchables” and different exhibits. His half on “McHale’s Navy,” which starred Ernest Borgnine, was his first job as a collection common. His character, Seaman Joseph Haines, one in every of a crew of misfits aboard a World Conflict II PT boat, was often known as Glad. However Mr. MacLeod, feeling underused, was something however.
“I had, like, two strains every week,” Mr. MacLeod stated in a videotaped interview for the Archive of American Tv. “I began feeling sorry for myself; I began consuming. I felt that as an actor I used to be simply taking place the tubes.”
As he advised the story, one night time whereas consuming he was driving on Mulholland Drive within the hills above Los Angeles when he impulsively determined to kill himself by driving off the highway. However he stopped himself, jamming on the brakes on the final second. Shaken, he recalled, he made his method to the close by home of a good friend, the actor Robert Blake, who persuaded him to see a psychiatrist.
He give up “McHale’s Navy” in 1964, after two seasons, and started discovering extra satisfying elements, together with a supporting one within the 1966 movie “The Sand Pebbles” with Steve McQueen.