updated 10/25/2013 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 10/25/2013 AT 5:55 PM ET
There’s nothing but smooth sailing for Gavin McLeod these days.
The actor, now 82, rose to fame playing Captain Merrill Stubing in the hit ’80s series The Love Boat, but over the years, he’s been steering an entirely new course for himself – one firmly anchored to his identity as a man of faith.
On Tuesday, McLeod released his memoir, This Is Your Captain Speaking: My Fantastic Voyage Through Hollywood, Faith & Life, which chronicles the choppy waters he’s sailed: two heart attacks, two marriages and his battles with alcoholism and depression.
Now, in an interview with Religion News Service (via The Huffington Post), the actor, who is a devout member of the Pentecostal church, speaks out about his spiritual journey – one that took him from Roman Catholicism to the New Age movement to Pentecostalism. (He proudly describes himself as “ambassador for Christ.”)
But religion wasn’t the only subject he was happy to sound off on: McLeod bluntly weighed in on the state of today’s TV comedies – and he’s far from impressed.
I think some of the comedy has gone down to tastelessness and they have no respect for the audience,” he explained matter-of-factly.
That wasn’t the only dig he was ready to take: McLeod also revealed that he wasn’t a fan of Breaking Bad (Guess the series’s recent Emmy win didn’t sway him.)
Still, the actor looks back fondly on his life in TV. In his memoir, he writes: “I’ve gotten to do what I wanted to do. I’ve been a captain!”
That sense of joy and fulfillment has proven to be the driving force for the book. “That’s why I’m sharing my story here, the fun parts and even some not-so-fun parts,” he adds, “in the hopes that maybe someone will take a nice walk down memory lane with me – and maybe I’ll even give someone a little bit of hope.”