Richard Roat, a character actor with more than 130 credits spanning nearly half a century who appeared on many of television’s biggest shows, including Seinfeld, Friends, Greetings, Murphy Brown, dallas, Hawaii Five-O Y Happy Days, has died. She was 89.
Roat died on August 5 in Orange County, CA, according to his family. No other details were available.
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Born July 3, 1933, in Hartford, CT, Roat had a couple of small television roles before being cast as Dr. Jerry Chandler in the 1962 pilot for the NBC soap opera. The doctors. He appeared in more than 170 episodes during the first year of which they would remain on the air for two decades.
He appeared as a guest in a 1965 episode of The fugitive and became a busy character actor for the next decade. Roat appeared in memorable comedies and dramas of the 1970s 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 Angels Y dallas.
Roat also had small roles in the 1970s shows. Westworld, American hot wax Y summer corvette.
He continued to be an in-demand television character actor through the 1980s and 1990s, appearing in such hits as 7th Heaven, Cybill, The Practice, Ellen, Coach, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Murphy Brown, The Nanny, Melrose Place, Blossom, Grace Under Fire, Living Single, Mad About You, Lois & Clark, The Fresh Prince of Bel- Air, Night Court, Baywatch, Murphy’s Law, Simon & Simon, LA Law, Matlock, ALF, St. Elsewhere, Hart to Hart and others.
He also co-starred with Eva Gabor, Robert Hays and a young Jay Leno in the 1978 telefilm. Almost heaven.
Roat is remembered for Seinfeld fans as one of the doctors who found Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s Elaine Benes a “difficult patient” in the season 8 episode “The Package” in 1998. He also appeared as a fellow professor who arrests Ross (David Schwimmer) for dating a student in a 2000 episode of Friends.
Further back, he appeared in two episodes of the golden girls, including a role in Season 1 as a man who dies while having sex with Rose (Betty White). Roat also recurred as Farnsworth in multiple Hill Street Sadness episodes from 1982 to 1985 and as editor in Dynasty in 1986.
In a 1985 episode of Health, Roat played Norm’s (George Wendt) boss, Mr. Hecht, who promotes him to corporate assassin, responsible for firing people in the office.
Around this time, he returned to his soap opera roots to play Professor Henry Moore in a dozen episodes of the NBC series. days of our lives from 1985-91. Its ending credit was a 2009 episode of 24
Roat also appeared briefly on Broadway and on stage at The Public Theater in Central Park, The Huntington Hartford Theater in Los Angeles, and the Pasadena Playhouse. Along with his long career as an actor, he had a successful practice as an entertainment tax preparer for more than 50 years.
Survivors include his wife of over 40 years, Kathy.