Robert Mandan, the veteran TV actor who appeared as Chester Tate, the husband of Katherine Helmond's character, on ABC daytime-serial spoof Soap, has died at the age of 86.
The late actor's friend Gary Goldstein, who is a playwright and screenwriter, told The Hollywood Reporter that Robert died April 29 in Los Angeles after a long illness.
Besides Soap, Robert appeared in several other sitcoms including Sanford and Son, Maude, in addition to CBS’ adaptation of Private Benjamin in 1981.
As for films, he starred in the 1982 comedy Zapped! as well as the big screen adaptation of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas starring Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton.
Robert is also best known for his role as investment banker James Bradford in Three's Company's final episodes.
During the ’80s, Robert also appeared in Who’s the Boss and The Golden Girls. During the ’90s, he continued his television career, starring on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Married… with Children.
In addition to televisions and movies, Robert was also active in stage performances, that includes Gary Goldstein’s first play in 1996 in addition to the pre-Broadway version of 1990s revival of How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.