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Ted Lange talks life after 'Love Boat'

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Life after The Love Boat has been good for actor Ted Lange.

Lange played Isaac the bartender on the hit show from the 1970s and is now in Nashville performing on the stage.

For actors who create an iconic television character, it can be a blessing and a curse. For 30 years, Lange has been working every day in show business to show he’s a lot more than just Isaac.

Inside Fisk University’s Memorial Chapel, Lange is the star, the crew and the guy gathering props for this weekend’s show.

It’s far from Hollywood.

“I think if you do theater and do it with people you love, that everybody pitches in, everybody helps each other,” Lange said.

For 10 years, Lange sailed on the Love Boat. When the boat docked, Lange never stopped.

“Show business just keeps rolling,” he said.

He now writes, directs and stars in African-American historical plays. This weekend’s play is titled Lady Patriot.

“It’s a true story about a slave girl named Mary Bowzer, who could read and write,” Lange said. “She was a spy for the Union.”

For Lange, being Isaac has had its ups and downs.

“It opens doors, and closes doors,” he said. “When doors open, I walk right through. When it closes, I go through the window.”

But he’s still at it, and he’s still happy.

“I absolutely love it,” Lange said. “I love what I do.”

He also admires his work as Isaac.

“Mine is a character people liked,” Lange said. “So when people see me coming, they smile. Nothing wrong with that.”

There are four shows scheduled this weekend for Lady Patriot at Fisk Memorial Chapel. For more information, click here.

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