Within the early Nineteen Fifties he adopted his stage identify in remembrance of Beatrice MacLeod, his drama trainer 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 Need to Dwell!,” a 1958 crime drama with Susan Hayward. In 1959 he appeared within the Korean Warfare movie “Pork Chop Hill” and Blake Edwards’s naval comedy “Operation Petticoat.”
By the Sixties Mr. MacLeod was showing recurrently on tv collection, with guest-starring roles on “Perry Mason,” “Fight!,” “Dying Valley Days,” “Dr. Kildare,” “The Untouchables” and different reveals. His half on “McHale’s Navy,” which starred Ernest Borgnine, was his first job as a collection common. His character, Seaman Joseph Haines, certainly one of a crew of misfits aboard a World Warfare II PT boat, was referred to as Joyful. 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 happening the tubes.”
As he advised the story, one evening 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 technique to the close by home of a buddy, the actor Robert Blake, who persuaded him to see a psychiatrist.
He stop “McHale’s Navy” in 1964, after two seasons, and commenced discovering extra satisfying components, together with a supporting one within the 1966 movie “The Sand Pebbles” with Steve McQueen.