Richard Roat, actor who appeared in ‘Friends’ and ‘Seinfeld’, dies at 89

Roat was well known for his regular role on the daytime soap opera “The Doctors”, playing Dr. Jerry Chandler. After that project, he went on to steady work as a character actor, with a body of credits spanning five decades of television, from “Hawaii Five-O” and “Columbo” in the ’70s to “Cold Case” and “24” in the middle of the years.

He’s also appeared on episodes of beloved sitcoms like “Friends” (as Ross’ co-worker in “The One Where Ross Dates a Student”) and “Seinfeld” (as a doctor in “The Package”).

According to his obituary, Roat had “more than 135 acting roles in television, film, and Broadway.” He also had “a successful practice as an entertainment tax preparer for over 50 years,” the memorial said.

Roat is survived by his wife of over 40 years, Kathy.