The death of Richard Roat, who worked in the industry for nearly half a century, was confirmed by his wife.
His wife told Variety on August 7 that he had died on August 5 in Orange County, California. His obituary only states that he died “suddenly,” with no further details.
‘The most supportive buddy a person in the entertainment industry could possibly have,’ the obituary reads.
Roat had an extensive resume, having appeared in over 135 productions across television, film, and the stage. Some of his most notable roles were in the shows Dallas, Dynasty, and The Golden Girls.
In one episode of The Golden Girls, he played Al Beatty, Rose (Betty White’s boyfriend )’s who is discovered dead in her bed the following morning. On Seinfeld, he portrayed a physician who used the word “tough” to describe Elaine.
In Friends, he portrayed a professor who told Ross he’d be fired if he dated one of his pupils.
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Friends and coworker Shelley Herman wrote on Facebook that “he leaves behind a legacy of love and laughter and a business that will continue to flourish” as Kathy Arntzen Roat took on more responsibility.
In 1962, Roat made his television debut on Car 54, Where Are You? as the uncredited Garfield in the police comedy. According to TV Guide’s 1997 list of the 100 finest television episodes of all time, “How Smart Can You Get?” ranked at number 61.
A name in Hollywood, he soon appeared on such shows as Happy Days, Columbo, Charlie’s Angels, Mad About You, The Nanny, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Murphy Brown, and Baywatch.
In 1985 and 1991, he portrayed Conrad Hutton on Days of Our Lives. In 2009, he made his final appearance on the hit crime drama 24.
The people who knew and worked with Richard will miss him dearly, as stated in his obituary. He will be remembered with affection and laughter for the joy he gave to our lives.