Though he was a Shakespearean trained performer capable of delivering strong performances in some of the Bard's most challenging roles, actor Ted Lange gained celebrity as everyone's favorite bartender, Isaac Washington, on "The Love Boat" (ABC, 1977-1986). Prior to becoming a household name, Lange became known in Hollywood circles following his attention-grabbing performance in the original Broadway production of the musical "Hair" (1968), which led to a starring role on the short-lived sitcom "That's My Mama" (ABC, 1974-76). But it was "The Love Boat" that earned him his greatest acclaim, even though being recognized as Isaac dogged him for the rest of his career. While most other actors might have run away from such vehement recognition, Lange embraced Isaac and often reprised the character on a number of sitcoms and even animated series throughout the years. Meanwhile, he stepped behind the cameras to direct numerous episodes of various sitcoms and dramas, while continuing to pay homage to Isaac in several "Love Boat" television movies and on a later reboot series that lasted only two seasons. Though he was relegated to mostly guest starring appearances later in his career, Lange remained one of the few "Love Boat" alums to be a consistent presence on screen.