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Seinfeld And Friends Actor Richard Roat Dies At 89

Actor Richard Roat, who was known for turning up in a number of US sitcoms, died at the age of 89, without any further details being revealed.

In spite of the fact that he spent a considerable amount of time with his family, the Friends actor passed away on August 5 in Orange County, California.

His Career Spanned Nearly Half A Century With 130-Plus Credits

The actor’s cause of death is unknown, but the Los Angeles Times has written an obituary for him, which can be found here. “His greatest love in life was his family, and he was blessed to be married to the love of his life, his true soulmate, Kathy. Richard was blessed with the best of both worlds.

With a career spanning nearly 50 years, Richard has managed to amass an impressive 130 credits in his name to complement his impressive resume. A number of noteworthy films have been credited to him, including Cheers, Murphy Brown, Hawaii Five-O, and Happy Days.

Roat Had A Couple Of Small Roles On TV

Roat, born in Hartford, Connecticut, on July 3, 1933, had been in a few bit roles on TV before being cast as the title character in NBC’s 1962 pilot for the soap opera The Doctors, the character of Dr Jerry Chandler. In the show’s first year, he played over 170 episodes over the course of its 2-decade run on television.

In the following decade, his career as a character actor flourished after appearing in a 1965 episode of The Fugitive. The 1970s were filled with memorable comedies and dramas such as Hawaii Five-O, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Columbo, Cannon, Kojak, The Bob Newhart Show, Police Story, Vega$, Fantasy Island, Happy Days, Charlie’s Angeles and Dallas.

Aside from his role in Westworld, American Hot Wax, and Corvette Summer, Roat also appeared in films from the 70s.

In 1998, Roat Guest Starred On “Seinfeld”.

Roat’s most notable appearance was as a guest star in season 8 of “Seinfeld” in 1998. Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ character, Elaine Benes, was a doctor who was one of the doctors who believed that Benes was a “difficult patient” in Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s story.

Another notable guest role was landed by Roat in 2000, this time on “Friends,” one of the biggest television shows at the time. A fellow professor who made a point of busting David Schwimmer’s character Ross Geller for dating one of his students provided some laughs for the show.

In addition to appearing in two episodes of “The Golden Girls” before landing a guest appearance on “Seinfeld” and “Friends,” Roat appeared in two episodes of “Seinfeld.”

Additionally, he starred as Farnsworth on multiple episodes of the series “Hill Street Blues” in the 1980s and 80s, as well as Creighton on the television series “Dynasty” in the 1980s. Among his last acting credits on the small screen were his appearances on an episode of “24”, which ran from 2001 to 2010, in which he appeared in 2009.

He also had a short stint on Broadway as well as a few performances at The Public Theatre in Central Park during Roat’s glittering career.

There is a lot more to know about Roat’s acting career since throughout the 1980s and ’90s, he continued to be in demand as an actor for TV character roles. In memory of his family, let us take a moment to offer our condolences.

Abhilasha Shreshthi
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