PHOTOS: Tributes: The Stars We’ve Lost “As much as he’s known for his television work, his real love was radio,” his wife said.
“He loved doing local radio, especially before it was computerized.” Lange is survived by a sister, five children, two stepchildren and four grandchildren.
Though Lange had a successful career in radio, he is best known for his television role on ABC’s , which debuted in 1965 and on which he appeared for more than a decade, playing host to many celebrity guests.
He died Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack, his wife Nancy told the Associated Press Wednesday.
He hosted a show for a few years before attending school at the University of Minnesota and then spent a few years as a Marine, the Bay Area Radio Museum noted in a 1992 interview with him.