"Threefold Marriage With Wife & Jesus": Gavin MacLeod Lets Christianity Dictate His Relationships

Date May 30, 2019

The 88-years-old legend Gavin MacLeod rose to fame due to his acting brilliance in the shows, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Love Boat. These projects also earned him a total of five Golden Globe nominations.

Apart from his achievements and career path, we may also find his personal life quite interesting.


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Gavin's first marriage was with actress, Joan Rootvik. During his initial film trials, he terribly flopped. Alcolohism provided him solace but it also made his relationship with Joan miserable. When he drank, he said rotten think that irritated his devoted partner. The two eventually got divorced in 1972, after 18 years of sharing their lives.


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Christianity saved him

The very same year, MacLeod tied the knot with Patti Kendig. In his memoir, This Is Your Captain Speaking, he revealed his newly discovered devotion to Jesus. While filming The Love Boat, he admitted he had badly ignored Patti. This ultimately ended their marriage in 1980. But only three years later, Gavin was compelled to call her again.

Patti had received grief counseling and had also used the Church services to make peace with her broken past. She prayed for Gavin as well. He started following her faith and reconciled their relationship by re-marrying in 1985. He said:

We have what you call a threefold marriage. You make a triangle with your hands and you can see Jesus is at the top and we're below.


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His children

Patti never had kids of her own with Gavin. She actually raised four children that he had shared with his ex-wife, Joan. They never made it to the spotlight but, we are sure, the lovely parents must treasure them a lot.

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