PASADENA, Calif. -- Robert Urich may not have had the most successful career in series television, but he's certainly had the most varied.

The man has starred in 14 shows -- count 'em, 14 -- in what has to be a record for TV. (And that's not counting his current stint as captain of "Love Boat: The Next Wave" on UPN."I'd like to be able to say to you that I'm proud of the fact that I've had 14," said Urich. "If you're doing 14 features, they think, 'Well, that's great. When's your next one.' But in terms of television, that means I've just kept trying and trying and trying.

"I'd like to be able to say that I had that one great show -- like 'All in the Family' -- and then, 'Whatever happened to Bob?' But it's not been that way for me."

Not that all of his shows have been bad. Or unsuccessful -- he's had hits like "Vegas" and "Spenser: For Hire."

But there certainly have been a lot of them, including "S.W.A.T.," "Gavilan," "Soap," "Tabitha," "Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice," "American Dreamer," "Crossroads," "It Had to be You," "The Lazarus Man," "Vital Signs," "Boatworks" -- and he loaned his voice to the animated series "Invasion America."

"I've taken almost everything I've ever been offered," Urich said.

As to his current series, "The Love Boat," his only complaint is that the actor who plays his son -- Kyle Howard -- is getting most of the girls.

"We're trying to skew toward a younger audience, and I'm so tired of him getting pretty girls already," he said. "I remember when I was the guy who got to kiss the pretty girls, and now it's Kyle."

Actually, Urich said he doesn't have many regrets about his TV career -- but he does admit to a few disappointments.

"The one that I'm most disappointed didn't go further than it did was 'The Lazarus Man' that I did for Ted Turner. I thought it had the making of a real cult classic," Urich said. "But fate intervened and it placed me here. . . . I'm glad to be anywhere after what I went through, if you know what I mean."

Fate intervened in the form of cancer -- synovil cell carcinoma -- which led to the quick cancellation of the series. But chemotherapy treatments have given him a new lease on life.

"I had all the tests several months ago. They were clear. And I'm just feeling terrific," Urich said.

"I feel extraordinary, except for the fact that we have a new 8-month-old baby at our house, and I have not slept in eight months all the way through the night," Urich said. "But I'm feeling great. I've gone back to dance class. I'm trying to find the old Bob because he was missing in action for a while."

As for that new baby, Urich said he and his wife, Heather, were overwhelmed with joy at her birth.

"Well, we had planned that before the cancer event," he said. "And then, when we got word that it looked like it was going to work out, we decided to go ahead, and Allison's 8 months old and she'll be walking any minute. I mean, she's the joy in our lives. And we just broke ground on a new home.

"I feel I'm in my 20s again, except I don't get to kiss the girls as often."

Surviving cancer did change Urich's outlook on life, however.

"We celebrate everything at our house now. It's like, 'Honey, the dog didn't run away again -- let's open that champagne!' " Urich said. "I always thought I had a pretty good sense of what was important, but I must say that things are really sharp now. There's a clarity to it now that I didn't have before.

"But we're having a great time."

Urich comes across nearly as charming in person as he does on television. And his "Love Boat" co-star, Phil Morris, said that charm helps explain why Urich has been so sought after by TV producers.

"I've known him for a long time. My father (the late Greg Morris, of 'Mission: Impossible') worked with him on 'Vegas.' He is one of the more likable individuals you've ever worked with," Phil Morris said. "He's also, I think, a very appealing guy. And I think in television you need that. You need to have people come back to the TV and want to see you every week. This is a guy they want to see every week.

"If the material wasn't there, or the direction of the show, or the executives made a different decision -- not my man's fault, really."

Urich didn't completely agree, however.

"If I could say one thing -- it's difficult for me to say this -- but they don't hire you in Hollywood because you're a nice guy," Urich said. "I mean, I think I am a nice guy and I try to be professional and I treat people fairly and I work hard. But, you know, I think I have a certain kind of ability that works on television. It just does. But television, especially in this day and age, it's a crap shoot. You can put together the most talented group and still it doesn't work. Of you can't find the audience quick enough to suit some network executive.

"But I've had a great career."