The actor apeared in some of the most famous sitcoms of the 20th century, becoming a staple of popular US comedies.

From Dallas to Seinfeld, Friends to Happy Days, Roat featured in dozens of popular series over the years.

His family have now confirmed that the star sadly died earlier this month.

Roat died on 5 August in Orange County, California, where he spent much of his time; the family have not released any further information.

His role in Seinfeld saw him act as a doctor who branded Elaine a difficult patient

which was an understatement – while in Cheers he acted as Norm’s boss, Mr Hechte.

Born in Connecticut in 1933, Roat’s acting career began in the 1960s, where he had a recurring roll as Dr Jerry Chandler in The Doctors.

And that brings us up only to the 90s: Roat also appeared in Golden Girls, Days Of Our Lives,

The New Adventures Of Superman,3rd Rock From The Sun, 7th Heaven, Cold Case and 24.

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