MacLeod’s appearing profession began in earnest in 1957, when he was 26. He appeared in visitor roles on plenty of TV reveals and flicks, together with “Operation Petticoat,” which starred Cary Grant and Tony Curtis, “The Celebration,” which starred Peter Sellers, and “The Dick Van Dyke Present,” which was the primary time he labored with Mary Tyler Moore, although not the final. He additionally confirmed up on well-known sequence resembling “Perry Mason,” “Hawaii 5-O,” “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” “Hogan’s Heroes,” and “The Andy Griffith Present” all through the ’60s.
In 1962, MacLeod landed his first common sequence function on “McHale’s Navy” as Joseph Haines, higher often known as Blissful. The present was a sitcom wherein MacLeod starred alongside Ernest Borgnine. He appeared in two seasons of the present and reprised the function for the 2 function movies that emerged from the sequence, “McHale’s Navy” in 1964 and “McHale’s Navy Joins the Air Power” in 1965.
In 1970, MacLeod discovered the primary of two iconic roles of his profession, becoming a member of “The Mary Tyler Moore Present” alongside solid members Mary Tyler Moore, Ed Asner, Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman, and Betty White, the latter of whom joined the present in Season 4. MacLeod performed Murray Slaughter, the hapless head author of the Six O’Clock Information who was steadily annoyed by information anchor Ted Knight and have become buddy to steer character Mary over the course of the sequence. As Murray Slaughter, MacLeod appeared in all 7 seasons of the present, even reprising the character for one episode of the spinoff sequence “Rhoda.” MacLeod additionally acquired two Golden Globe nominations for Greatest Supporting Actor for his work on the present.