MORE than 35 years ago, “The Love Boat” set sail on its maiden voyage, delighting TV audiences with tales of lovesick passengers and high-seas hijinks. The show proved to be a huge hit – and even sparked a multi-decade boom in the cruise industry. Come aboard now with The ENQUIRER as we look into what happened to the once-majestic Pacific Princess’ unforgettable crew.
Adorable blonde Jill joined the cast in the third season of “The Love Boat” as Vicki Stubing, the captain’s precocious daughter. After “The Love Boat” finally made its last voyage, Jill, now 46, performed in several off-Broadway shows and she later made a return to the small screen for a stint on the soap opera “The Young and The Restless.” She now co-hosts a podcast with famed radio host Brian Phelps called “The Brian & Jill Show.”
After leaving “The Love Boat,” Fred (“Gopher”) – a Harvard grad and a Republican – went to Washington, serving four terms in Congress, representing his home district in Iowa. He then went on to a more charitable profession as CEO of Goodwill Industries. In 2011, Fred, now 65, joined the Center for Security Policy, a D.C. think tank that focuses on national security issues. But despite his impressive resume, he still has the acting bug in him. This spring, he starred in the Tony Award-winning thriller “Sleuth” at the Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven, N.J.
Gavin (Capt. Merrill Stubing), 82, has been the spokesperson for Princess Cruises since 1986 and is currently focusing on the release of his upcoming book, “This Is Your Captain Speaking: My Fantastic Journey Through Hollywood, Faith & Life,” which is scheduled for an Oct. 22 release. He also appears occasionally at the McCallum Theatre near his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif., where he lives with his wife of nearly four decades, Patti.
Bartender Isaac Washington was known for his trademark habit of pointing his finger at someone to show approval. It didn’t require a lot of acting, but Ted quickly became a fan favorite. Few were aware of the depth of Ted’s acting chops, however. The 65-year-old is heavily involved in theater, having penned more than 20 plays, and he’s won multiple awards for his work. A graduate of London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, he lectures on Shakespeare at schools across the United States and has appeared on such TV shows as “Psych,” “The King of Queens” and Scrubs.”
Bernie (“Doc” Adam Bricker), 80, considers himself blessed that he became a first-time dad at 64 and dotes on his two sons. Doc’s there for their baseball games, tennis matches and loves simply watching them carouse with their friends and the family pets in the backyard pool. He also continues to act, most recently portraying “Judge Kornzucker” on the Netflix revamp of “Arrested Development.” He’s been married for 16 years to Catrina Honadle.
Lauren, 59 – who played bubbly cruise director Julie McCoy – left the show in 1984 after a highly publicized battle with cocaine. She went on to beat the addiction and received a degree in culinary studies. Now living in the Seattle area, she performs in the local theater and is starring in a new web series called “Locally Grown,” a comedy about a woman who owns an organic farm.