Who Was Richard Roat? Tributes Pour In As Veteran 'Westworld Actor' Passed Away At 89

Actor Richard Roat, known for his appearances on Seinfeld and Friends, has died
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Richard Roat, a renowned character actor who appeared in iconic parts on television programs for close to 50 years, has passed away at the age of 89.

The actor appeared in some of the most enduring sitcoms of the 20th century, including Dallas, Friends, Seinfeld, and Happy Days.

Beginning in the 1960s with a recurring part as Dr. Jerry Chandler on The Doctors, Richard's acting career lasted for over half a century.

Additionally, Roat appeared in several popular television programs, such as Hawaii Five-O, Columbo, Family Flight, The FBI, Westworld, Archer, Logan's Run, Charlie's Angels, and Hart to Hart.

Wikipedia: The Westworld Actor Richard Roat Began His Career In 60s

Early in the 1960s, he began his acting career, and since then, he has appeared in several shows like Dynasty, Matlock, Hill Street Blues, Baywatch, Generation, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Plus, he made appearances in various 1990s television programs in the final years of his career, including Days of our Lives, 3rd Rock From the Sun, The New Adventures of Superman, Golden Girls, 7th Heaven, Cold Case, and 24.

The part he played on Seinfeld, though, maybe what people will remember him for most.

The actor starred in some of the most memorable sitcoms of the 20th Century
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Elaine Benes, a character portrayed by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, was referred to as a "difficult patient" by the doctor he played in the sitcom's eighth season in which he guest-starred.

In contrast, he will also be remembered for his roles in the television series Cheers, where he played Norm's boss, Mr. Hecht, and Friends, where he played the worried coworker who exposed Ross to dating Elizabeth, a college student.

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The 89-Years-Old's Net Worth And Earning From His Acting Profession

Richard may have amassed a sizeable fortune via his decades-long acting career, which he left for his family. Although the precise amount is uncertain, it is estimated to be between $100,000 and $1,000,000.

The veteran performer amassed more than 135 roles on television
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On top of brief runs on Broadway and onstage at the Public Theatre in Central Park, Roat has made a lot of cameos on the big screen, including in American Hot Wax and Corvette Summer.

Moreover, Richard had a thriving practice for more than 50 years as an entertainment tax preparer, in addition to his illustrious acting career.

What Happened To Richard Roat?

The Los Angeles Times reported that veteran TV character actor Richard Roat passed away "suddenly" on August 5 in Orange County, California.

His family was his "biggest love," they said in his obituary, "with whom he shared his remarkable sense of humor, brilliance, and unrivaled enthusiasm for life."

Although the precise reason for his demise hasn't been made public, it can be assumed that he passed away amid his growing age.

As an individual, Richard was a true Renaissance Man who enjoyed reading, the theater, movies, literature, music, playing the violin, and drinking fine whiskey.

As per the Obituary, Richard had a passion for sports and would have rejoiced if the Los Angels Angels had won on Friday night when he died. He loved to play pranks on everyone and had an attractive smile and sly sparkle in his eyes.

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Richard Roat Was Married To Wife Kathy For Almost 40 Years

Before his untimely death, Richard and his wife Kathy celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary, exchanging vows in 1982.

When Roat, a 1933-born, married Kathy, the love of his life and soul mate, they were both in their late 40s. Their relationship was filled with adventure, enjoyment, laughing, and love, which was indeed an "Affair to Remember." 

We believe that Richard and Kathy didn't have children from their relationship because, in general, no websites have given the details regarding the couple's kids.

Furthermore, Richard will be remembered by his loved ones, friends, coworkers, and clients. He will be remembered with a warm smile for all the fun he brought into our lives, per the obituary.