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R.I.P. Robert Mandan – ‘Soap’ Star and Daytime Soap Alum Dead at 86

Robert Mandan
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Best known for his hilarious turn as Chester Tate from 1977-81 on “,” a spoof of the popular ABC daytime soap operas airing at the time, character actor has died. He was 86 years old.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the news, Mandan died after a long illness on Sunday, April 29. His death was confirmed by his friend,  — the two first worked together in 1996 on Goldstein’s play, “.”

In addition to “Soap,” Mandan previously appeared in actual soaps “,” “ and “.” After “Soap” ended, he went on to play several memorable characters on more daytime soaps, including “,” “” and “.” He also appeared in episodes of CBS’ adaptation of “” and NBC’s “,” among others.

Mandan is survived by his wife, Sherry.

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