#GLCFF2021 Honorary Actor Award
Gavin MacLeod (born Allan George See; February 28, 1931 – May 29, 2021). He served in the military with the United States Air Force as an Airman from 1952–1954.
Gavin MacLeod’s pleasing, agreeable manner on two hit TV series in the 70’s and 80’s belied a number of shady villains he portrayed in his early career. Born Allan George See in Mt. Kisco, New York, on February 28, 1931, and raised in Pleasantville, he was the son of Margaret (Shea) and George See, a gas station owner who was part Chippewa Indian (Ojibwa). He followed his 1952 graduation from Ithaca College (Fine Arts major) with Air Force military duty, then moved to New York City and worked for a while as an usher and elevator operator at Radio City Music Hall. Focusing on acting, he changed his stage name to “Gavin McLeod.”
Gavin was 90 when he died May 29, 2021 in Palm Desert, California.
Rich Christiano promo video of The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry
Watch the FULL movie on YouTube via the Christian Movies channel
Description: Best buddies Dustin (Jansen Panettiere), Albert and Mark are twelve year old boys looking forward to a summer of fun in 1970. When Dustin mows the lawn of seventy-five year old Jonathan Sperry (Gavin MacLeod), a man he has seen at church, a unique friendship develops. What happens the rest of this summer is something Dustin and his friends will never forget!
Director: Rich Christiano
Writers: Dave Christiano, Rich Christiano
Starring: Gavin MacLeod, Jansen Panettiere, Robert Guillaume, Frankie Ryan Manriquez, Allen Isaacson, Taylor Boggan, Mary Jean Bentley
Gavin MacLeod as Jonathan Sperry
Jansen Panettiere as Dustin
Robert Guillaume as Mr. Barnes
Frankie Ryan Manriquez as Albert
Allen Isaacson as Mark
Bailey Garno as Tanya
Taylor Boggan as Nick
Mary Jean Bentley as Dustin’s Mother
Check out the reunion zoom meeting from December 2020
The cast reunites 13 years after the production to talk about The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry. Hosted by Scott Galbraith, the reunion includes cast members Gavin MacLeod, Jansen Panettiere, Frankie Ryan Manriquez, Bailey Garno, and Mary Jean Bentley, along with Writer/Director Rich Christiano and the film’s Editor, Jeffrey Lee Hollis. Missing from the reunion was the late, great co-star Robert Guillaume (1927–2017).