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This Is Your Captain Speaking: My Fantastic Voyage Through Hollywood, Faith & Life [Kindle Edition]

Gavin MacLeod , Mark Dagostino
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Book Description

The remarkable life, career, and faith journey of the star of The Love Boat and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

For 16 years, millions of Americans welcomed Gavin MacLeod into their living rooms every Saturday night. This veteran of stage and screen transformed himself from a seasoned character actor into the leading, lovable father-figure of The Love Boat at the height of TV’s boom years.

For more than 30 years, Gavin MacLeod has served as the global ambassador for Princess Cruises. Speaking to thousands of travelers each year, and signing hundreds of autographs at every port, he stands poised to celebrate his amazing journey with a look back at the golden era of American television.

The consummate storyteller, Gavin shares his fondest memories of meeting and working with countless stars, such as Cary Grant, Steve McQueen, Gregory Peck, Bette Davis, Frank Sinatra, Ethel Merman, Ella Fitzgerald, Ronald Reagan, Milton Berle, and Fred Astaire.

From his humble theatrical beginnings in upstate New York, to Radio City Music Hall and on to Hollywood, Gavin MacLeod was on the fast track to success. However, a few hard life lessons—like dealing with a divorce—taught Gavin that the key to happiness was only through a deep faith in God, and he feels his work for Christ is more important than any award. Three years later his remarriage proved that a great struggle can culminate in a happy ending.

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About the Author

Gavin MacLeod is one of America’s most beloved veterans of stage and screen, best known as Captain Stubing on ABC’s worldwide smash The Love Boat and as Murray Slaughter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. He and his wife, Patti, hosted Back on Course on TBN for seventeen years, and for nearly thirty years he has served as an ambassador for Princess Cruises. Recently Gavin found additional success in faith-based films, including playing a lead character close to his heart in The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry. He and his wife, Patti, live in Rancho Mirage, California.

Product Details

  • File Size: 7976 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 22, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C5QA2DW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,473 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and Highly Enjoyable October 25, 2013
All the stories are here that you might expect from a Gavin MacLeod memoir. More than that though, I was struck by his joy for living and his ability to see the good in any situation. He obviously loves life, loves others and loves his faith. A fascinating read. The world could use more Gavins!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Life Affirming October 29, 2013
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As a former actress who performed briefly with the Words and Music company where Gavin and his second wife Patti met and fell in love, I can't claim to know them well at all -- haven't seen or been in touch with either in more than 40 years -- but I remember very well what good people they were and what pain he was in during "High Button Shoes" when his first marriage was ending. I also remember the strength of love that he and Patti found with each other some time after that. Unlike the reviewer who said he was just happy, happy, happy, I had some sense, when starting to read this book, of some of the challenges he has faced in life and how life experience, maturity, insight and faith have led him and Patti to their present happiness. It was inspiring to read, too, about his emotional reconciliation with his first wife Rootie whom I also knew only slightly but remember as a lovely person.

I found this book fascinating, illuminating and inspiring. He has, indeed, had good fortune in his roles and in his career. But, as he points out in this book, fame and fortune do not insulate one from terrible losses, depression, loneliness and other aspects of being hopelessly human. I liked the honesty of this book and also the generosity of his memories of others. We see enough of books and articles that trash other people and dish the dirt. I like the fact that he sees so much good in others. I was also greatly inspired by his courage in facing some demons, admitting his faults and growing through the emotional highs and lows of his life and career. I'm not usually a big fan of show business memoirs, but this one is well worth reading.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Joy To Read October 30, 2013
I am not much of an autobiography/biography reader, but since I was a fan of The Love Boat, I decided to request this book for review purposes from Book Sneeze. I actually enjoyed it. I like that Gavin was able to keep his faith, and let it keep him happy and motivated. It's amazing to read about how God helps and touches different people. I have read some reviews of how this book was a bore, but I found it interesting. Not only do you learn about this mans amazing history as an actor, you also find your own faith restored chapter by chapter.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "This is Your Captain Speaking" by Gavin MacLeod October 30, 2013
By Pooke
This is the life story of Gavin MacLeod. His story begins with his first performance on stage. He was a preschooler in a family of very modest means. Gavin's Dad passed away when he was only thirteen. He talks about how that affected his life, as well as, his brother's life who is two years younger. His life story traces his acting career from its humble beginnings to becoming a well-known face in America's living rooms.

He was on two long run series: "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Love Boat." These shows brought him much fame, and riches. As "Love Boat" ended, it spawned a multi-decade career for Gavin as a representative for Princess Cruises.
He has been married twice--or three times depending on how you count it--because he married, divorced and remarried his second wife, Patti. He had four children with his first wife, Rootie.

When his mother gravely ill, Gavin prayed to Jesus and said if his mother's life was sparred, Gavin would serve Him for the rest of his life. His mother did survive. Suddenly Gavin was overwhelmed with the notion to call his ex-wife Patti. This was shocking since, he had not communicated with her at all since their divorce.

Unbeknownst to Gavin, Patti had become a born again Christian. She and friends had been praying for a long time for Gavin to become a Christian, and for their marriage to be restored. When Gavin met Patti he knew right away she was different, and he wanted that, too. When he found out it was Christianity, he immediately became a follower of Christ. Later Gavin and Patti remarried.

Gavin states since becoming a Christian, everything has changed for him. Life is better, and marriage is better.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Books! October 30, 2013
I loved this book!

I literally grew up on The Love Boat. I remember tuning in every Saturday night. My mom was a nurse and worked 2nd shift, so every other Saturday night my Dad and I would have a "date" with the TV for The Love Boat and Fantasy Island (then, in more recent years, Finder of Lost Loves).

This book took me back to those days in my life . . . a simpler time. I enjoyed reading more about Gavin McLeod's early years and how he got his start in show business. But, the stories of his work on The Love Boat - and all the famous people he got to meet and interact with each week on episodes that I remember - was what really caught my attention the most! I commented that I don't know why they haven't yet released seasons of The Love Boat on DVD --- then, we went to Target and there was Season 1 on the shelf! (It shall be mine!)

But, the real treasure of this book is Gavin's sharing of his faith journey. So much goes on behind the scenes - things that we, as the general public often have no clue about. Gavin McLeod faced lots of struggles and hardships; but, in the midst of it all, he found Jesus and committed his life to Him. And he wasn't afraid to let people know and to show it - out loud! After The Love Boat, he went on to host a show called Back on Course with his wife (on TBN). That show ran for 17 years!

During that time, he has consistently served as ambassador for Princess Cruises (lucky guy!)

The work he says he'd like to be remembered for, though, is his most recent film credit - The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry. (If you haven't seen it yet, it's available on Netflix.)

I literally devoured this book! I couldn't put it down! I feel as if I know Gavin now - as a friend, not just as Captain Stubing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Behind the Scenes Glimpse
I liked the overall message and I really enjoyed a glimpse into old Hollywood.
Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring!
Great to read a great man proud to speak of his journey to Christ. I was not able to put it down, finished reading in 3 days! Read more
Published 22 days ago by Aubrey
4.0 out of 5 stars Good- fast read - would recommend
This was a good read- fast and enjoyable. However, he should have checked some facts - Ruth Warwick was not on Days of Our Lives - she was on All My Children.... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Kim Kadlubowski
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good book
Published 1 month ago by James C Stewart
4.0 out of 5 stars An upbeat introduction to the Captain, with a Christian perspective
This is a positive autobiography from the actor, who shares interesting memories of his career, and is honest enough to share his own failings. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ed Howell
5.0 out of 5 stars TV STAR COMES TO FAITH
Love this man's story!
Published 2 months ago by Sharon L. Pakkala
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A wonderful book.....he is so honest with all he did and how he managed to overcome the problems.
Published 2 months ago by Fran Doyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Being a Christian is joyous
Delightful reading. His love for Jesus is so obvious in his book. Recommend to everyone.
Published 2 months ago by Patsy Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Done
Gavin MacLeod found his greatest acting success on TV on the Mary Tyler Moore Show and the Love Boat. Interesting read with good photographs. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gerard Triano
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved watching The Love Boat when I was growing up
It was thrilling to discover this book last week while I was searching for a cruise ship captain costume for my 8 year old to wear for Halloween. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Elizabeth Moore
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