Veteran TV and film actor Richard Roat died earlier this month. He was 89 years old. Roat was best known for portraying Dr. Berg on Seinfield and Burt on Friends. Read on to find out how Richard Roat died and what was the cause of his death.
Richard Roat has had a legendary career in entertainment spanning nearly 50 years. He has appeared in over 135 roles on television, film and Broadway. Fans are currently mourning the loss of the legendary actor.
How did Richard Roat die?
Richard Roat died on August 5, 2022, in Orange County, California, surrounded by his loved ones. His wife Kathy announced and confirmed the tragic news of his passing to the news today. An obituary for Richard Roat was distributed in the Los Angeles Times.
He has been described as the Lakers and Angels’ “biggest fan” and “the most supportive friend anyone in the entertainment industry could ever have.”
“His greatest love was his family. Richard was fortunate to marry the love of his life, his true soul mate, Kathy,” the message read.
“Richard will be missed by his family, friends, colleagues and clients. He will be thought of often with fond memories and a quiet chuckle for the good times he brought to our lives.”
Richard Roat died: What was the cause of his death?
In statements shared by Richard’s family, no cause of his death was disclosed. It is speculated that he died of natural causes and may have been suffering from a previously unreported illness.
He was very old at the time of his death. It is therefore likely that Richard had a number of old age problems before he died in a better place.
Richard Roat has had a career in entertainment spanning almost 50 years
Richard Roat was born in 1933 in Connecticut, New England, United States. He was a character actor with a legendary career in entertainment that spanned over 50 years. Some of his most memorable roles came in sitcoms like Seinfield, Friends and Dallas
He began his career performing on Broadway and at The Public Theater in Central Park, the Huntington Hartford Theater in LA, and the Pasadena Playhouse. He got his big break with the early 1960s soap opera The Doctors, where he played Dr. Jerry Chandler for 172 episodes.
Roat has also appeared on Hawaii Five-O, Cheers, Happy Days, The Mary Tyler Show, The FBI, Westword, Kojak and St. Elsewhere. He has worked on numerous other television programs.
Roat appeared on Seinfield alongside Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Dr. Berg in the Season 8 episode “The Package”, where she labeled Dreyfus’ character Elaine a difficult patient. He also played Burt in Friends, a concerned co-worker who stops Ross for dating a student.
Aside from television, Roat has also appeared in several films, including American Hot Wax and Corvette of Summer. In the later years of his career, Roat was seen in shows such as Golden Girls, Days of our Lives, The New Adventures of Superman, 3rd Rock From the Sun, 7th Heaven and Cold Case.
His last appearance was as Robert in the Fox crime drama 24 (2009). Roat was also a successful tax preparer for a long time under his firm Richard Roat Associates. He was also an avid whiskey connoisseur.
Richard Roat is survived by his wife, Kathy
Richard Roat is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Kathy. The two got married in 1982 and have been together ever since.
Ever since the news of his death was made public, fans and industry stars have been sharing tributes remembering the late actor.
Deepest condolences go out to family, friends and loved ones. May God rest the departed soul in peace.