Richard Roat Passes Away at 89, Iconic Actor from ‘Friends’ and ‘Seinfeld’
According to sources, Richard Roat, an actor best known for his roles on the TV shows Dallas, Seinfeld, and Friends, has passed away. He was 89.
His family confirmed Roat’s passing to Variety and Deadline on August 5 in Orange County, California. The cause of death wasn’t disclosed.
With a role in the comedy “Car 54, Where Are You?” in 1962, Roat made his television debut. He was cast in the romance drama “The Doctors,” which he appeared on from 1963 to 1964, as Dr. Jerry Chandler, swiftly rising to series regular status.
Roat maintained a constant stream of acting roles throughout the 1970s and 1980s, showcasing his versatility on programmes including “Happy Days,” “Dallas,” and “Charlie’s Angels,” as well as “Hill Street Blues,” “Dynasty,” and “Baywatch.”
Roat’s final television performance was a 2009 cameo spot on the crime drama “24.”
According to a Los Angeles Times obituary, the actor was also no stranger to the theatre, having been on Broadway, at The Public Theatre in Central Park, The Huntington Hartford Theatre in Los Angeles, and the Pasadena Playhouse. He also spent more than 50 years preparing entertainment taxes.
Roat leaves behind his wife Kathy. Recent events marked the couple’s 40th wedding anniversary.
His biggest passion was his family, who he shared his amazing brilliance, sense of humor, and unrivaled joy for life with, according to Roat’s obituary.
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