Celebrating 100 Years of Oakland Technical High School
Ted Lange ’66
Ted Lange, from the Oakland Tech Class of 1966, is an actor, director, and screenwriter perhaps best known for his role as the bartender “Isaac” on the hit 1970s television series The Love Boat. Ted’s mother, Gerri Lange, hosted her own television show on KQED during the 1970s. After graduating from Tech, he attended Merritt College and San Francisco City College before studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Ted’s acting debut was with the New Shakespeare Company in San Francisco.
Ted worked in film both as an actor and director before landing the role as the affable “Isaac” in Love Boat, which ran from 1977-1986. He wrote this episode of The Love Boat in 1980, starring fellow Oakland Tech alums The Pointer Sisters.
He continues to act and direct. Lange won the NAACP’s Renaissance Man Theatre Award, as well as the Paul Robeson Award from the American Film Institute. Lange lectures on Shakespeare and acting to students across the country and he has also written a number of plays.
Here is information about Ted’s latest theatrical production: