Former 'Soap' star Robert Mandan has died at 86

Rodolfo Vieira
Jun 04, 2018
11:52 A.M.
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Robert Mandan, one of the most famous and well-known legends in the entertainment business, has passed away after a long illness.


The actor was 86 years old and drew his last breath on April 29, 2018, in Las Vegas. Known for his white-collar characters, Mandan left behind a legacy that few will ever be able to match.

The news of his death was announced by his friend, playwright and screenwriter Gary Goldstein, with whom he worked in Just Men, in 1996.

Mandan was easily recognized as the man who brought Chester Tate, from Soap, to life, but he also played the role of James Bradford in Three's Company, as well as in its spin-off, Three's a Crowd.

The actor was involved in projects such as The Edge of Night, Search for Tomorrow and From These Roots. He also appeared in front of the camera as Col. Lawrence Fieldin on CBS' adaptation of Private Benjamin and shared the spotlight with Robert Guillaume in Benson.

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Born in Clever, Missouri, Mandan attended Pomona College, where he was able to get a major degree in theater. His big break-through was provided by Edward Arnold, who starred with him in All of My Sons.


In 1956, Mandan managed to put his theater experience to the test as he was cast to star in Speaking of Murder, which marked his debut on Broadway.

The late actor had the pleasure of meeting Lauren Bacall in 1970, more specifically during Betty Comden and Adolph Green's production of Applause.

Mandan was an artist of many stages and leaped into the big screen with roles in Hickey and Boggs, MacArthur, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Zapped.

If you wish to learn more about Robert Mandan, one of the most beloved actors in the magic land of Hollywood and responsible for appearances in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Sanford and Son, please follow us on our Twitter account @amomama_usa

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