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Gavin MacLeod, Lauren Tewes & Rest of 'Love Boat' Cast 30 Years after Popular Dramedy TV Series Ended

Bettina Dizon
Feb 14, 2020
10:55 A.M.
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It has been 30 years since the famous show "Love Boat" ended, yet viewers still reminisce about the romances that took place aboard a ship.


In 2018, fans of "The Love Boat" rekindled flames with their past emotions after the stellar cast of the popular series reunited on the "Today" show.

Admittedly, the cast members didn't think their show would make it as far as eight seasons in a successful run since 1977. Here's a look at the cast after the drama-comedy came to an end.


Before being cast as Captain Merril Stubing on the show, Gavin MacLeod had just finished seven years on the sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

Gavin MacLeod at the TV Land and Nick at Nite Upfront in "The Bat Cave." | Source: Getty Images


Although his agent informed him of the mediocre script, he added that Aaron Spelling really wanted the actor to play a character.

MacLeod found difficulty in getting serious work after "The Love Boat" but never got in the way of his high spirit. 

Gavin MacLeod, 2006. | Source: Wikimedia Commons


He instead co-hosted "Safety Old School Style," appeared in musicals, and became an honorary mayor of Pacific Palisades for half a decade.

In the '80s, he reconciled with and remarried his second wife, Patti, and co-authored the book "Back On Course: The Remarkable Story of Divorce that Ended in Remarriage."

Gavin MacLeod and his wife Patty arrive at the 11th Annual Movieguide Awards. | Source: Getty Images


In 2008, MacLeod landed the lead role on "The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry" and co-hosted the show "Back on Course."

His recent work includes a self-written memoir called "This Is Your Captain Speaking: My Fantastic Voyage Through Hollywood, Faith & Life."

Gavin MacLeod and his wife Patti attend the TV Land Awards 2003. | Source: Getty Images



Bernie Kopell was already a familiar face on-screen when he played Adam Bricker on the show. Thanks to his self-learned Russian accent, he landed the role of Siegfried on "Get Smart" and was a regular on "Bewitched."

After his stint on "The Love Boat," Kopell became a guest on "Fantasy Land," "Kojak," "The Six Million Dollar Man," and "Chico and the Man."

Bernie Koppell and Gavin MacLeod attend Stephen Schwartz's Magic To Do Premiere. | Source: Getty Images


He has since continued his career and appeared on television, most recently on "Raising Hope" with Cloris Leachman.


Since "The Love Boat," Fred Grandy's only notable role was on the series "Maude," with a few other acting credits on the side.

However, his academic performance was above and beyond as a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard, making him interested in politics.

Ted Lange, Lauren Tewes, Bernie Kopell, and Fred Grandy on "The Love Boat." | Source: Wikimedia Commons


In 1987, the actor joined the U.S. House of Representatives until 1995. He later ran for Governor of Iowa but lost to a four percent difference in votes.

From 1995 until 2000, Grandy was the President and CEO of Goodwill Industries International/ He co-hosted a radio talk show, became a political commentator on NPR and was a visiting professor.

Fred Grandy, U.S. Representative from Iowa, 1993. | Source: Wikimedia Commons


As for his acting career, Grandy appeared in "The Mindy Project" as Dr. William Ledrau and joined the reunion of "The Love Boat."


Ted Lange was a former contributor for FHM magazine under the sex advice column and cast member of the original "Hair" production on Broadway.

Ted Lange attends Stephen Schwartz's Magic To Do Premiere. | Source: Getty Images


He has since become a successful director with work, including "Moesha," "Fantasy Island," "The First Family," "The Fall Guy," and "The Love Boat." 

To this day, Lange takes pride in his passion for directing, including a few sitcoms for Byron Allen's production company and writing plays.

Mary Ley and Ted Lange at the Dynamic & Diverse: A 66th Emmy Awards Celebration of Diversity Event. | Source: Shutterstock



One of the last to be cast on "The Love Boat" was Cynthia Lauren Tewes, who was chosen out of 100 other actresses.

She appeared on "Fantasy Island" and starred in "Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders" and "Eyes of a Stranger." Unfortunately, she fell into addiction amid her career, taking a toll on her job.

Lauren Tewes poses for a portrait in 1983 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Imagse


After a while, she was able to win her battle and went back to acting and doing voice-overs for video games. Tewes also works as a sous chef for a catering company in Seattle.


Jill Whelan was only 11-years-old when she was cast as Captain Stubing's young daughter and has since appeared in several shows.

Magician Kyle Marlett with Jill Whelan from "The Love Boat." | Source: Wikimedia Commons

In the '80s, Whelan became a spokesperson for the anti-drug campaign of Nancy Reagan, "Just Say No" and has done a few podcast appearances since.