Friends and Seinfeld actor Richard Roat dead at 89: The prolific character actor also had recurring roles on Dynasty and Days Of Our Lives

  • Longtime TV character actor Richard Roat has died at the age of 89 
  • The star passed away on August 5 in Orange County, California 
  • ‘His greatest love was his family,’ Roat’s family wrote in his obituary
  • Roat was best known for his roles on the TV shows Friends and Seinfeld
  • But he also popped up in The Golden Girls (once as the boyfriend of Betty White)
  • And he was on Happy Days, Dallas, Cheers, Murphy Brown and Dynasty

Longtime TV character actor Richard Roat has died at the age of 89.

The star passed away ‘suddenly’ on August 5 in Orange County, California, according to his obituary published by The Los Angeles Times.

‘His greatest love was his family, with whom he shared his incredible sense of humor, intelligence, and unmatched zest for life,’ Roat’s family wrote in his obituary. 

Roat had over 135 acting roles. He was best known for his parts on the TV shows Friends and Seinfeld but he also popped up in The Golden Girls (once as the boyfriend of Betty White‘s character) as well as Happy Days, Dallas, Cheers, Murphy Brown and Dynasty. 

Sad loss for Hollywood: Longtime TV character actor Richard Roat has died at the age of 89. The star passed away on August 5 in Orange County, California, according to his obituary published by The Los Angeles Times; seen in 1980 on Fun And Games

The actor was born in Connecticut and moved to Hollywood in the 1960s for his acting career.

He got his first break in 1962 with a bit part on the TV series Car 54, Where Are You?

Next came a recurring role on the soap opera The Doctors playing Dr Jerry Chandler.

In the 1970s he landed several guest starring roles on TV shows such as Hawaii Five-O, Columbo, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, McMillan & Wife, The FBI, Westworld, Police Woman, Vega$, Fantasy Island, Happy Days, Dallas and Charlie’s Angels.

Good for his resume: On Friends he starred as a college professor named Burt who called out David Schwimmer's character Ross for dating a student in the episode titled The One Where Ross Dates A Student that aired in year 2000

Good for his resume: On Friends he starred as a college professor named Burt who called out David Schwimmer’s character Ross for dating a student in the episode titled The One Where Ross Dates A Student that aired in year 2000

The superstar cast: (l-r) Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matt Le Blanc as Joey Tribbiani, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay

The superstar cast: (l-r) Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, Courteney Cox as Monica Geller, Matt Le Blanc as Joey Tribbiani, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay 

The 1980s brought more TV roles. 

He appeared twice on Falcon Crest and was also on Hart To Hart and Newhart. In 1982 he landed the recurring part of Mr Farnsworth on Hill Street Blues.

In 1986, he starred five times on Dynasty with Joan Collins. And he also popped up on Growing Pains and LA Law.

The nineties saw him on Who’s The Boss? and Step By Step, and he played Professor Henry Moore on Days Of Our Lives in 11 episodes.

Another job: Roat with Gloria Stroock appearing in the ABC tv series Holmes & Yoyo in 1976

Another job: Roat with Gloria Stroock appearing in the ABC tv series Holmes & Yoyo in 1976

Another project: In 1978 with Jay Leno in the ABC tv movie Almost Heaven

Another project: In 1978 with Jay Leno in the ABC tv movie Almost Heaven

A vet on this show: Starring on Hill Street Blues on the episode Davenport in a Strom as Maurice Farnsworth with James B. Sikking as Lt Howard Hunter

A vet on this show: Starring on Hill Street Blues on the episode Davenport in a Strom as Maurice Farnsworth with James B. Sikking as Lt Howard Hunter

And he landed one of his best roles on Seinfeld. 

He played Dr Berg, who said Elaine – played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus – was ‘a difficult patient.’

On Friends he starred as a college professor named Burt who called out David Schwimmer’s character Ross for dating a student.

Silly on stage: With JoAnne Worley during a kiss as they reenact a scene from Moon Over Buffalo at the Pasadena Playhouse

Silly on stage: With JoAnne Worley during a kiss as they reenact a scene from Moon Over Buffalo at the Pasadena Playhouse

The episode was titled The One Where Ross Dates A Student and it aired in year 2000.

His last TV role was on 24 with Kiefer Sutherland in 2009. 

He also worked on Broadway in productions such as Sunday in New York, Any Wednesday and The Wall.

He was  married to his wife Kathy for 40 years.

Early days: In 1965 with the Elitch Theatre play casts; from left), Monica Moran, Tom Helmore, Kitty Carlisle, Patricia Cutts and Roat. Standing (from left) are Whitfield Connor, George Gaynes, Brad Hatton and Lawrence Weber

Early days: In 1965 with the Elitch Theatre play casts; from left), Monica Moran, Tom Helmore, Kitty Carlisle, Patricia Cutts and Roat. Standing (from left) are Whitfield Connor, George Gaynes, Brad Hatton and Lawrence Weber

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Originally posted 2022-08-31 15:33:30.