Veteran TV Actor Robert Mandan Passed Away at 86, who starred as Chester Tate in ABC’s daytime-serial spoof ‘Soap’ died at 86. Mandan died on April 29 in Los Angeles after a prolonged illness, confirmed The Hollywood Reporter. Robert Mandan made his Broadway debut in 1956 in Speaking of Murder, directed by Delbert Mann, and he worked with Lauren Bacall in the original 1970 production of the Betty Comden-Adolph Green musical Applause.
On the big screen, Robert Mandan played a senator in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) and appeared in other films including Hickey & Boggs (1972), MacArthur (1977) and, as a principal, in Zapped! (1982).
The ‘Soap’ star featured in Goldstein’s first play, ‘Just Men‘, at the Stella Adler Theater in Hollywood in 1996. Mandan played key roles in ABC‘s productions, namely, the 1984-85 spinoff ‘Three’s a Crowd’, and ‘Three’s Company’, where he played the role of James Bradford, a wealthy investment banker. He did lots of local theater late in his career, Goldstein noted. Survivors include his wife, Sherry.