Lange as Isaac Washington, 1977
Theodore William Lange
January 5, 1948
Oakland, California, U.S.
|Residence||Torrance, California, U.S.|
|Education|| City College of San Francisco |
Merritt College (AA)
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
|Occupation||Actor, director, screenwriter|
|Known for||Isaac Washington – The Love Boat|
(m. 1979;div. 1989)
Theodore William "Ted" Lange ( // ; born January 5, 1948) is an American actor, director, and screenwriter best known for his role as the bartender, Isaac Washington, in the TV series The Love Boat .
A television director is in charge of the activities involved in making a television program or section of a program. They are generally responsible for decisions about the editorial content and creative style of a program, and ensuring the producer's vision is delivered. Their duties may include originating program ideas, finding contributors, writing scripts, planning 'shoots', ensuring safety, leading the crew on location, directing contributors and presenters, and working with an editor to assemble the final product. The work of a television director can vary widely depending on the nature of the program, the practices of the production company, whether the program content is factual or drama, and whether it is live or recorded.
A screenplay writer, scriptwriter or scenarist, is a writer who practices the craft of screenwriting, writing screenplays on which mass media, such as films, television programs and video games, are based.
A bartender is a person who formulates and serves alcoholic or soft drink beverages behind the bar, usually in a licensed establishment. Bartenders also usually maintain the supplies and inventory for the bar. A bartender can generally mix classic cocktails such as a Cosmopolitan, Manhattan, Old Fashioned, and Mojito.
Lange was born in Oakland, California, in 1948, the son of Geraldine and Ted Lange, both working in theatre and television.Lange graduated from Oakland Technical High where he was class and student body president before majoring in Drama at San Francisco City College, completing an associate of arts degree at Merritt Junior College in Oakland.
Oakland is the largest city and the county seat of Alameda County, California, United States. A major West Coast port city, Oakland is the largest city in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, the third largest city overall in the San Francisco Bay Area, the eighth most populated city in California, and the 45th largest city in the United States. With a population of 425,195 as of 2017, it serves as a trade center for the San Francisco Bay Area; its Port of Oakland is the busiest port in the San Francisco Bay, the entirety of Northern California, and the fifth busiest in the United States of America. An act to incorporate the city was passed on May 4, 1852, and incorporation was later approved on March 25, 1854, which officially made Oakland a city. Oakland is a charter city.
Oakland Technical High School, known locally as Oakland Tech or simply "Tech", is a public high school in Oakland, California, United States, and is operated under the jurisdiction of the Oakland Unified School District. It is one of six comprehensive public high school campuses in Oakland. Oakland Tech's attendance jurisdiction includes several neighborhoods, including Oakland Chinatown, Rockridge, North Oakland, and Temescal.
City College of San Francisco is a public community college in San Francisco, California. Founded as a junior college in 1935, the College plays an important local role, annually enrolling as many as one in nine San Francisco residents. CCSF is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
At San Francisco City College, Lange was particularly active on the theatre scene and named Best Actor by the Black Students Association as well as winning a scholarship to the University of Colorado Shakespearean Festival in the summer of 1968.
The University of Colorado system is a system of public universities in Colorado consisting of four campuses: University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, University of Colorado Denver in downtown Denver and at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. It is governed by the elected, nine-member Board of Regents of the University of Colorado.
After college, Lange started in theatre appearing in local Oakland productions and as guest artist in residence at the University of Santa Clara. Later, he joined the New Shakespearan Company, acting in plays at the University of California, Berkeley.
Santa Clara University is a private Jesuit university in Santa Clara, California. It has 5,499 full-time undergraduate students and 3,130 graduate students. Founded in 1851, Santa Clara University is the oldest operating institution of higher learning in California and the west coast of the United States and has remained in its original location for 167 years. The university's campus surrounds the historic Mission Santa Clara de Asis which traces its founding to 1776. The campus mirrors the Mission's architectural style and provides a fine early example of Mission Revival architecture. The university is classified as a "Doctoral/Professional" university by Carnegie Classification.
The University of California, Berkeley is a public research university in Berkeley, California. It was founded in 1868 and serves as the flagship institution of the ten research universities affiliated with the University of California system. Berkeley has since grown to instruct over 40,000 students in approximately 350 undergraduate and graduate degree programs covering numerous disciplines.
Lange made his Broadway debut in the musical Hair and was featured in the first national touring of that show.He also performed in a one-man show, Behind the Mask: An Evening with Paul Laurence Dunbar.
Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical is a rock musical with a book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado and music by Galt MacDermot. A product of the hippie counterculture and sexual revolution of the late 1960s, several of its songs became anthems of the anti-Vietnam War peace movement. The musical's profanity, its depiction of the use of illegal drugs, its treatment of sexuality, its irreverence for the American flag, and its nude scene caused much comment and controversy. The musical broke new ground in musical theatre by defining the genre of "rock musical", using a racially integrated cast, and inviting the audience onstage for a "Be-In" finale.
Lange's first screen appearance was in the documentary film Wattstax in 1973.After starring in the film Black Belt Jones in 1974, he portrayed Junior on the series That's My Mama before landing the role of the ship's bartender, Isaac, on The Love Boat in 1977, opposite Gavin MacLeod.
A documentary film is a nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction, education, or maintaining a historical record. "Documentary" has been described as a "filmmaking practice, a cinematic tradition, and mode of audience reception" that is continually evolving and is without clear boundaries. Documentary films were originally called 'actuality' films and were only a minute or less in length. Over time documentaries have evolved to be longer in length and to include more categories, such as educational, observational, and even 'docufiction'. Documentaries are also educational and often used in schools to teach various principles. Social media platforms such as YouTube, have allowed documentary films to improve the ways the films are distributed and able to educate and broaden the reach of people who receive the information.
Wattstax was a benefit concert organized by Stax Records to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the 1965 riots in the African-American community of Watts, Los Angeles. The concert took place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on August 20, 1972. The concert's performers included all of Stax's prominent artists at the time. The genres of the songs performed included soul, gospel, R&B, blues, funk, and jazz. Months after the festival, Stax released a double LP of the concert's highlights titled Wattstax: The Living Word. The concert was filmed by David L. Wolper's film crew and was made into the 1973 film titled, Wattstax. The film was directed by Mel Stuart and nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Documentary Film in 1974.
Black Belt Jones is a 1974 American blaxploitation martial arts film directed by Robert Clouse and starring Jim Kelly and Gloria Hendry. The film is a spiritual successor to Clouse's prior film Enter the Dragon, in which Kelly had a supporting role. Here, Kelly features in his first starring role as the eponymous character; is a local hero who fights the Mafia and a local drug dealer threatening his friend’s dojo.
In the early 1980s, following a letter of recommendation from Lynn Redgrave (who he met on an episode of Love Boat), Lange attended a summer school at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art to perfect his Shakespeare acting skills.
After he left the show in 1987, Lange appeared in various films and guest roles on 227 , The Cleveland Show , Glitch! , Evening Shade , Scrubs , Drake & Josh , The King of Queens , Boy Meets World , Psych and Are We There Yet.
In 1977, he wrote the screenplay for the 1977 drama Passing Through, starring Cora Lee Day and Marla Gibbs. During the run of The Love Boat, Lange also served as director and screenwriter on various episodes of the series. In 1999, Lange directed two episodes of Love Boat: The Next Wave , the UPN series based on The Love Boat. He also directed episodes of Moesha , Dharma & Greg , and Eve . In 2008, he directed the drama For Love of Amy.
Lange has also done extensive theater work as playwright and stage director. He has penned 17 plays, including George Washington's Boy, a historical drama about the relationship between the first president and his favorite slave, along with the comedy Lemon Meringue Facade.
Lange remains close to Gavin MacLeod, his acting mentor, who is a Palm Springs resident, and sees his plays. He said in a 2014 interview with CBS New York.com of his long-running friendship with him, "Gavin lives in Palm Springs, I'm in LA. So, when I do my plays, he comes down and sees my plays or I'll go see what he's doing!"
Lange also said in a 2017 interview with The Wiseguyz Show, if his mentor enjoyed all the acting/dancing on The Love Boat series was: "Oh yeah, sure, Gavin was wonderful. Gavin lives down here in Palm Springs and we're still tight, all of us, Gavin and Bernie and Jill; we still see each other. Fred lives in a different state, we're still close, we're still good friends."
Before the American edition of FHM folded in 2006, Lange wrote a sex and advice column, titled "Ask Isaac", with adult film actress Jenna Jameson.
In 2006, Lange appeared in the fourth season of the VH1 reality show Celebrity Fit Club .He lost 28 pounds during the show's run.
Lange married Sheryl Thompson in 1978, and they divorced in 1989. The couple has two children, Ted IV and Turner Wallace Lange.Lange remarried in 2001 to Mary Ley. His mother is Geraldine Lange, who was a personal secretary to a San Francisco mayor and was public affairs director of KBHK-TV in San Francisco in the early 1970s. She also hosted television programs on KBHK-TV.
For his work theater directing, Lange received the NAACP's Renaissance Man Theatre Award, the Heroes and Legends HAL Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Dramalogue Award. Lange has also been the recipient of the James Cagney Directing Fellow Scholarship Award from the American Film Institute along with the Paul Robeson Award from Oakland's Ensemble Theatre.
|Trick Baby||Melvin the Pimp||Alternative title: The Double Con|
|1974||Black Belt Jones||Militant||Uncredited|
|1975||Friday Foster||Fancy Dexter|
|1978||Record City||The Wiz|
|1987||Terminal Exposure||Fantastic||Alternative title: Double Exposure|
|1990||Penny Ante: The Motion Picture||The Deacon|
|1992||The Naked Truth||The Flower Peddler|
|2002||Is This Your Mother?|
|2003||Banana Moon||Prof. Williams||Co-producer|
|Gang of Roses||Bartender #2|
|2006||Uncle Tom's Apartment||Pops|
|National Lampoon's Dorm Daze 2||Celebrity Judge #2|
|2007||Last of the Romantics||Cole Henderson|
|2008||Senior Skip Day||Reverend||Alternative title: High School's Day Off|
|Who Shot Mamba?||Dr. Crazy|
|The Adventures of Umbweki||Airline Captain Boka|
|Phil Cobb's Dinner for Four||Old Friend|
|For Love of Amy||Director|
|1974–1975||That's My Mama||Junior||39 episodes|
|1976||Mr. T and Tina||Harvard||5 episodes|
|1977–1986||The Love Boat||Bartender Isaac Washington||246 episodes, director, writer|
|1977||The Love Boat II||Bartender Isaac Washington||Television movie|
|The New Love Boat||Bartender Isaac Washington||Television movie|
|1979||Fantasy Island||The Great Scott||1 episode|
|Charlie's Angels||Bartender Isaac Washington||1 episode|
|1983||The Fall Guy||Bartender||1 episode|
|Fantasy Island||1 episode, director|
|1984||Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer||2 episodes, director|
|1986||That's My Mama Now!||Junior||Television movie|
|1986||John Grin's Christmas||Ghost of Christmas Present||Television movie|
|1987||Starman||1 episode, director|
|1988||Christmas||Ghost of Christmas Present||Television movie|
|In the Heat of the Night||James Jeffson||1 episode|
|1989||It Nearly Wasn't Christmas||Napoleon||Television movie|
|1990||The Love Boat: A Valentine Voyage||Bartender Isaac Washington||Television movie|
|1993||Evening Shade||Mr. Taxerman||1 episode|
|1995||Platypus Man||Mr. Angel||1 episode|
|1996||Weird Science||Isaac||1 episode|
|1996–2000||Moesha||Director, 5 episodes|
|1997||Martin||Bartender Isaac Washington||2 episodes|
|Family Matters||Frank Winslow||1 episode|
|1998||Love Boat: The Next Wave||Bartender Isaac Washington||1 episode|
|The Wayans Bros.||Director, 1 episode|
|1999||L.A. Heat||Frank Millan||1 episode|
|Love Boat: The Next Wave||Director, 2 episodes|
|2001||Cody: An Evening with Buffalo Bill||Director|
|Dharma & Greg||Director, 2 episodes|
|2002||The Hughleys||Mr. Henderson||1 episode|
|Scrubs||Mr. Blair||1 episode|
|2003||Half & Half||Repairman||1 episode|
|2004||Eve||Director, 1 episode|
|2004–2005||Drake & Josh||Mr. Calvert||2 episodes|
|2005||All of Us||Director, 1 episode|
|The King of Queens||Himself||1 episode|
|2007||General Hospital||Judge||2 episodes|
|2010||The Cleveland Show||As himself||1 episode|
|2011||A Russell Peters Christmas||As himself||1 episode|
|2012||Betty White's Off Their Rockers||Various Characters||Main Cast|
|2012||The First Family||Director, 2 episodes|
|2014||Maron||Wise Stranger||1 episode|
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