Iconic Women Who Made Love Boat a Classic


Tom Hanks' Trip on The Love Boat Changed His Life Forever

On the high seas of The Love Boat, some of the biggest and brightest stars in Hollywood history came together to create unforgettable moments of drama, romance, and adventure. From the iconic cast of Charlie's Angels to the sultry charms of Susan Anton, Barbi Benton, and Heather Thomas, these guest stars lit up the screen with their irresistible presence, creating a sense of magic and wonder that kept audiences coming back for more. With their unforgettable performances and natural charisma, these guest stars proved themselves to be true masters of their craft, capable of elevating even the most outlandish of storylines to new heights of excitement and emotion.


Tom Hanks, the iconic and legendary actor, made a rare and unforgettable appearance on the high seas of The Love Boat, playing an old college friend of Gopher's who found himself in the midst of a romantic entanglement with Julie, one of the ship's most beloved crew members. Through a series of playful and flirtatious encounters, Hanks effortlessly brought his trademark wit and charm to the role, creating a chemistry with Julie that crackled with energy and passion. With his signature charm and effortless presence, Hanks proved to be the perfect fit for the seafaring drama, infusing each scene with a sense of joy and spontaneity that left viewers cheering for more. He later said of his appearance on the show:

I was on it and for some reason I was cast as an old college fraternity buddy of Gopher who comes on and hits on Julie McCoy. And then, he pretends that they’re — and they almost have a love affair, then they laugh. I drove through the main gates of 20th Century Fox where the set from Hello, Dolly! was still up and I went on stage 24 or 19 or something like that and I was on the freaking Love Boat. When it aired, that night, I can’t tell you what it meant to my world. My fifth grade teacher called me up and said ‘I can’t believe my eyes. Tom, you’re on The Love Boat. It was a big deal.