Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Cast of The Love Boat

"The Love Boat" was a romantic comedy series based on the adventures of passengers on a cruise liner.  The ship was the Pacific Princess, however, depending on where the show was set other ships were used in shooting the episodes.  The show was based on a couple of TV movies of the same title which itself was based on a book written by an actual cruise director entitled "The Love Boats".

The Cast of "The Love Boat" in the early days.  Front: Lauren Tewes(Julie McCoy), Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing), Jill Whelan (Vicki Stubing) Back: Fred Grandy ("Gopher" Smith), Ted Lange (Isaac Washington), Bernie Kopell (Adam Bricker)

"The Love Boat" was captained by Gavin MacLeod who played Merrill Stubing.  MacLeod gained fame prior to "The Love Boat" starring on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show".  The other ship's crew consisted of Fred Grandy (Burl "Gopher" Smith ), Ted Lange (Bartender Isaac Washington), Bernie Kopell (Ship's Doctor Adam Bricker),
Jill Whelan (Vicki Stubing), and Lauren Tewes (Cruise Director Julie McCoy).  Ted McGinley was also a regular on the show but not as a regular crew member, he was the ship's photographer for vacationing passengers, Ashley Covington Evans.  The passengers were played by a huge contingent of guest stars who would portray their adventures.  Some guest stars were well established actors and actresses while others would stop by on their way to fame.  The only actors to make every single episode of the show were Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, and Ted Lange. Fred Grandy came close only missing 1 regular season episode.

Charo who was a regular on "The Love Boat" with Gavin MacLeod (Captain Merrill Stubing)

The show ended in 1987 and would later spawn several TV movies on which "The Love Boat" would sail again.  A second series was also attempted ten years after the Love Boat docked in 1998, "The Love Boat: The Next Wave" which this time would be captained by Robert Ulrich as Jim Kennedy.  That series only lasted for two seasons.

The Pacific Princess aka "The Love Boat"
The Cast of "The Love Boat" in the later days.  Front: Fred Grandy ("Gopher" Smith), Jill Whelan (Vicki Stubing), Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing), Lauren Tewes(Julie McCoy), Ted Lange (Isaac Washington)  Back:  Ted McGinley (Ashley Covington Evans), Bernie Kopell (Adam Bricker)

Click on the links below to see Whatever Happened To:

Gavin MacLeod     Captain Merrill Stubing
Bernie Kopell     Doctor Adam Bricker
Ted Lange     Bartender Isaac Washington
Fred Grandy     Yeoman-Purser Burl 'Gopher' Smith
Lauren Tewes     Cruise Director Julie McCoy (1977-1987)
Jill Whelan     Vicki Stubing (Captain Stubing's daughter)
Ted McGinley    Ashley Covington Evans (the cruise photographer)
Pat Klous    Cruise Director Judy McCoy (1982-1986)

Jill Whelan, Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange, Lauren Tewes, Fred Grandy and Ted McGinley at the 2010 TVLand Awards

Other notable guest stars:

Charo of many movies and shows
Teri Hatcher (one of the Love Boat Mermaids) who would go on to  star in "Superman" and  "Desperate Housewives"
Marion Ross of "Happy Days" (as Emily Hayward Stubing)
Arte Johnson of many movies and shows
Judy Landers of many movies and shows
Florence Henderson of "The Brady Bunch"
Robert Reed of "The Brady Bunch"
Michele Lee of "Knots Landing"
David Doyle of "Charlie's Angels"
Harry Morgan of "M*A*S*H"
Ted Knight of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
Betty White of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
McLean Stevenson of "M*A*S*H"
Georgia Engel of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
Lisa Hartman
Jamie Farr of "M*A*S*H"
Loretta Swit of "M*A*S*H"
Joan Van Ark of "Knots Landing"
Charlene Tilton of "Dallas"
John Ritter of "Three's Company"
Donna Mills of "Knots Landing"
Nancy Walker of "Rhoda"
Steve Kanaly of "Dallas"
Cloris Leachman of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
Don Knotts of "The Andy Griffith Show"; "Three's Company"
Catherine Bach of "The Dukes of Hazzard"
Sorrell Booke of "The Dukes of Hazzard"
Darren McGavin of "A Christmas Story"; "The Night Stalker"
Ken Kercheval of "Dallas"
Patrick Duffy of "Dallas"

And many, many more...

1 comment:

  1. Great, great---usually very upbeat---show. Provided much needed escapism. The one guest I would liked to have seen---playing a GOOD guy for a change---would have been William Smith.