Veteran TV actor Richard Roat, best known for his roles on television shows like Seinfeld and Friends as well as an experience in the entertainment business which lasted for more than 50 years, has passed away at the age of 89.
He died in Orange County, California, in August. 5th, his wife confirmed the news to Variety. The cause of death has not been provided, but his obituary claims that he passed away “suddenly.”
The obituary, which was published in The Los Angeles Times, describes the deceased as “the most supportive friend a person in the entertainment industry could ever have.”
Roat had a long number of credits to his name, which included more than 135 acting credits on film, television, and Broadway among them Dallas, Dynasty, and The Golden Girls.
He was on The Golden Girls twice, twice playing Rose (Betty White)’s girlfriend Al Beatty, who is discovered deceased in the bed of her following morning after a night spent. On Seinfeld in the past, he portrayed the role of a doctor who described Elaine to be “difficult.”
In Friends, He played a professor from Ross the university as “The One Where Ross Dates a Student,” in which he warns him that he could be dismissed for engaging in relationships with students.
“He leaves behind a legacy of love and laughter and a business that will continue to flourish as his wife, Kathy Arntzen Roat, assumes additional responsibilities,” the friend and colleague Shelley Herman posted on Facebook.
Roat made his television debut in 1962 when he appeared in Car 54, Where Are You? Roat played an uncredited character Garfield on the sitcom for cops. The episode, entitled “How Smart Can You Get?” was ranked No. 61 in the TV Guide’s list of the top television shows of all time in 1997.
Then his name was well-known with a variety of roles for Happy Days, Columbo, Charlie’s Angels, Mad About You, The Nanny, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Murphy Brown, and even Baywatch.
He was a regular on the soap series Days of Our Lives, in 1985, as Conrad Hutton and in 1991 as Professor Henry Moore. His last appearance was in the thriller crime film 24 in the year 2009.
“Richard will be missed by family, friends, colleagues, and clients,” his obituary states. “He will be thought of often, with warm memories and a quiet chuckle for all the good times he brought to our lives.”