GAVIN MacLeod, the actor who popularized the character Capt. Merrill Stubing on “The Love Boat,” says the tune for the sitcom can be interpreted as a song praising Jesus Christ.
“If you listen to the lyrics [“The Love Boat’s” theme song is] all about Jesus,” MacLeod told the hosts of the conservative American Family Association’s radio show ‘”Today’s Issues,” according to a clip of the show posted online Monday. “It’s a whole new approach to that song. I do that whenever I get to a group of believers… It’s really about, ‘Come aboard, Jesus will take care of you. There’s a new love waiting for you. A love that will never let you down.'”
He also reveals how a hairpiece got him his first Broadway role.
The born-again MacLeod, 82, is currently promoting his new memoir, This Is Your Captain Speaking. The tell-all book includes several discussions about the actor’s faith, including the moment he decided to recommit himself to Christianity in 1984.