‘Seinfeld’ and ‘Friends’ actor Richard Roat dies at 89


Actor Richard Roat, who was best known for his appearances on ‘Seinfeld’, ‘Friends’ and ‘Dallas’, has died at 89.

The veteran actor died in Orange County, Calif. on August 5. No further details were released.

“His greatest love was his family. Richard was blessed to marry the love of his life, his true soul mate, Kathy,” the LA Times wrote in its obituary.

With a glittering television career spanning nearly half a century, Roat has boasted notable credits in “Cheers,” “Murphy Brown,” “Hawaii Five-O,” and “Happy Days.”

Richard Roat and Gloria Stroock appear in the ABC television series “Holmes & Yoyo.”
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Born on July 3, 1933, the actor starred in various television shows in the early 1960s before landing his first recurring role as Dr. Jerry Chandler on the NBC soap opera “The Doctors” in 1962. He then starred in over 170 episodes. during the first year of the show.

As the show continued to run for another two decades, Roat moved on to other acting projects, including a guest role on “The Fugitive.”

Roat continued to act in the years to come, and in the 90s he landed roles in the sitcoms “3rd Rock From the Sun”, “Ellen”, “Mad About You” and “7th Heaven”.

Most notably, Roat appeared on “Seinfeld” as a guest star on Season 8 in 1998.

Her character was one of the doctors who found Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ character, Elaine Benes, to be a “difficult patient”.

In 2000, Roat landed another notable guest role on a huge TV show, this time on “Friends.”

He provided some laughs as David Schwimmer’s fellow teacher, Ross Geller, who arrested Ross for dating a student.

Before landing guest roles on “Seinfeld” and “Friends,” Roat was featured in two episodes of “The Golden Girls.”

He also starred as Farnsworth in several episodes of “Hill Street Blues” from 1982 to 1985 and as Creighton in “Dynasty” in 1986.

Richard Roat and Jay Leno are seen together during a scene from the ABC movie
Richard Roat and Jay Leno are seen together during a scene from the ABC movie ‘Almost Heaven’.
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Roat also appeared in a 1985 episode of “Cheers”.

The actor landed a recurring role on “Days of Our Lives” where he played Professor Henry Moore for 12 episodes.

His last acting credit on the small screen was in 2009 when he starred in an episode of “24” which ran from 2001 to 2010.

Richard Roat (right) and Cliff De Young have a conversation in the ABC movie
Richard Roat (right) and Cliff De Young have a conversation in the ABC movie ‘Fun and Games’.
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Roat’s distinguished career also saw him secure short stints on Broadway as well as on stage at the Public Theater in Central Park.

He is survived by his wife of over 40 years, Kathy Roat.

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