Vic Tayback is an American actor from Brooklyn, New York, who is best known for his work in the long-running CBS sitcom, Alice. Born in 1930, his family moved to the Los Angeles area when he was a teenager. Tayback studied drama after graduating high school in Burbank, and he landed his first role the feature film, The Power of the Resurrection, in 1959. His television debut came that same year, playing an episode on the TV western, Buckskin. For the next two decades, Tayback made guest appearances in many popular prime-time TV episodes, which include Get Smart, Family Affair, The Monkees, Star Trek and Colombo. His most famous regular television role came in the 1976 sitcom, Alice. Tayback played the character Mel Sharples for nine seasons, earning an Emmy nomination and winning two Golden Globes for his work on the show. He also played many episodes in the ABC drama series, The Love Boat, throughout the eighties, and by the time he made his last appearance in ABC's MacGyver, Tayback had earned 140 TV and film credits.