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

Gavin MacLeod , Mark Dagostino
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)

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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 best known as Captain Stubing on ABC’s worldwide smash The Love Boat but also as Murray Slaughter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. He and wife Patti hosted TBN's Back on Course for 17 years, but for 30 years, and still today, Gavin is the global ambassador for Princess Cruises. He dedicates acting talents to Christian films and is often called to MC or speak at events. 

Mark Dagostino is a New York Times best-selling coauthor and one of the most respected celebrity journalists in America. For ten years he served on staff in New York and LA as a correspondent, columnist, and senior writer for People magazine, interviewing personalities such as Michael J. Fox, Christopher Reeve, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, and Donald Trump.

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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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23 of 23 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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17 of 17 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 I enjoyed this book
I enjoyed this book. I grew up watching the Mary Tyler Moore show with my grandparents and I was a BIG Love Boat fan.It was a fast fun read.
Published 4 days ago by sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful stories.
I really enjoyed Gavin McLeod as the captain of the Love Boat, but in this autobiography I find that I had known him in many other roles and not recognized him. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Connie White
4.0 out of 5 stars nice life story
And nice walk down TVs memory lane. He's a likeable guy so seeing Hollywood from his viewpoint is lovely. I'm a fan.
Published 16 days ago by JaniceMacLeod
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read for Those who Love Old Hollywood
The warm tone, funny stories and engaging style of this autobiography make you feel as though MacLeod is sitting right next to you at the Captain's Table recalling all the ups and... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Dee Long
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Read..
This was an easy read. Lots of name dropping of the older generation stars that I didn't really know to much about but it was interesting. Read more
Published 25 days ago by TinTin
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for Sharing Captain !!
Fun to read. Loved hearing the Hollywood stories. Loved Gavin's honesty and life stories. Most of all, it was comforting to read how God molded Gavin's life. Read more
Published 26 days ago by susie chappell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Good Read! I had watched the Love Boat years age and am watching it again on ME. I enjoyed his story the up and downs we all go through and all the plays and shows he was involved... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Danny Koestler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story from a Great Actor
Mr. Gavin MacLeod has always been an actor who delivers a great 'character' in his various films and TV shows. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bomb Man58
5.0 out of 5 stars Down Memory Lane
This is a great read for anyone, but especially for those of us who couldn't miss an episode of the Mary Tyler Moore Show or The Love Boat. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alice Tallent
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read
Fun Read if you are a Love Boat. Grew up watching Love Boat and so glad to hear the rest of his story.
Published 1 month ago by Kanne
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